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The Bolder Life: Art + Cocktails


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In general, Boulder County always seems to have at least a few calendar squares out of the month dedicated to some sort of art related event, and the month of November is no exception. From classes to trunk shows, November is jam packed with artsy happenings.

And let’s be honest with ourselves, whether purchasing or creating some of your own art, nothing goes better with a good portrait, sculpture or oil painting than a nice glass of wine, a local microbrew, or a specialty cocktail. Booze. It’s how artsy people bribe their non-artsy friends to attend gallery openings and it helps everyone find the happy place that enables them to be open and creative and design a unique piece of art.

Because I dabble in the arts, (not the black magic kind), I’m pretty excited about the string of upcoming art plus cocktail events happening locally. I’ve a compiled a list of events that you’ll most likely find me at in the month of November.

Hope to see you all there!

PoshSplat | “Western Sky” | November 11 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
PoshSplat is a downtown Boulder business that offers guests the opportunity to recreate their own version of a painting while sipping on a nice glass of wine or a cold beer. (Kind of genius). PoshSplat provides the inspiration, instruction, supplies and a little mood music to help you get in your creative zone. Classes run Wednesday – Friday with a different painting as the model each class.
Expect to pay a reasonable $35 per class and an additional $3 per glass of wine or beer.

East Boulder County Artists Holiday Show and Sale | November 10-December 31st | All Day Event | Flatirons Mall
This event might be cheating a little since there technically isn’t booze allowed at the event—but it’s right next to the California Pizza Kitchen, home of one of my favorite recreations of the Lemon Drop Martini, so it gets to stay on the list. The EBCA will be holding their annual show at the Flatiron Crossing Mall this year where shoppers can purchase locally made: paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, glass and wood work and much more. With the holidays quickly approaching, don’t miss this annual event for a chance to support local artists and pick up some pretty cool gifts.

“Graffiti & Martinis” | November 17 | 6:30-9:00 p.m. | BMoCA
If you were to tell me that this event doesn’t sound awesome, I would probably tell you that you’re lying. Graffiti has always been considered a major no-no in society, but has recently emerged as an expressive and respected medium in the art world. At this event, you will learn street art techniques which include stenciling, painting, and spraying and BMoCA will provide you with a complimentary martini as well. Pretty edgy and hip, right? Call BMoCA today to make your reservation.
Expect to pay $8 for Members and $15 for Non-Members. And did I mention that the martini is complimentary?!

Muse Gallery Jewelry Trunk Show | November 29 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.| Sugarbeet  
The Muse Gallery showcases both local and national artists at their Longmont location, but this month, they’re teaming up with Sugarbeet for the Sugarbeet Wine Pairing and Muse Jewelry Trunk show. Dine on delicious appetizers paired with fine wines by the culinary artists at Sugarbeet while supporting the local art community by purchasing some beautifully hand-crafted jewelry to either wear yourself, or give as the perfect holiday gift.
Expect to pay $40 per person or $75 for two.

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