Snap dragon Mark Cafiero is the owner and lead photographer of Cafiero Photographers, the founder and president of Family Tree Photographers, and an avid advocate of outdoor exploration. In addition to penning pieces for Rangefinder magazine and presenting at international photography conferences, Mark's also well versed in natural Colorado adventures. The small class size (25 students maximum) allows for a true hands-on experience. Choose from a variety of lens-friendly locations: downtown Denver, Washington Park, Pearl Street Mall, 300 yards beneath the earth's surface, or nearby sunrise hikes on some of the state's top trails. The classes offer instruction on subjects including framing and composition, portrait shooting, and use of natural light. Students will also learn about the anatomy and function of their cameras in a way that won't embarrass the camera.
Getting fit takes a turn toward sexy at Tease Studio, a women-only studio with classes ranging from pole dancing to Contemporary Burlesque. Unless they're expressly invited, boys are not allowed. Ladies practice Ballet Booty Barre, Sultry Yoga, or Striptease workouts in whatever is most comfortable for them, whether it's stilettos, sweats, or a full suit of armor. Besides enjoying dance-oriented fitness classes, women can bronze newly fit bods with airbrush tanning, take private lessons, or host birthday or bachelorette parties at the studio.
Denver Botanic Gardens houses vibrant flowers, lush vegetation, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Native and adapted plants flourish in the York Street campus, which also houses Mordecai Children’s Garden—a 3-acre lot with alpine gardens, mountain ranges, and cool bugs. The two-story waterfall at Marnie's Pavilion bursts with blooming orchids year-round, and a Japanese garden features Ponderosa pines sculpted to look like bonsai. Visitors stroll through water gardens inspired by Monet's estate at Giverny.
Children’s Museum of Denver was originally founded in a converted school bus in 1973. Since then, its surroundings have changed, but its mission has remained the same: to engage visitors in learning through play. Its collection of 13 hands-on playscapes is designed to stimulate the minds of children from birth to age 8, earning Children's Museum of Denver a spot on Forbes's 2012 list of the 12 Best Children's Museums in the US.
Amid the museum's two stories, visitors learn about fire safety in Fire Station No. 1, shop for healthy foods in the market, and unleash their creative sides with paint and stage costumes at Arts a la Carte. Dedicated to nurturing a love of math and science, the museum also features a recyclable-material assembly plant, a bubble experimentation lab, and a newly opened kinetics exhibit with a gigantic marble run.
The first thing you'll see at RedLine is a red line. It's no mere logo?it's a threshold meant to symbolize the crossing over into unchecked creativity, a sort of meeting point where envelope-pushing artists and Denver's citizens interact and engage. That's how Laura Merage, artist, philanthropist, and founder, sees it. RedLine, which bills itself as a "diverse urban laboratory," serves the art-loving public by serving its artists; according to the Denver Post, "No gallery vets and nurtures local talent as thoroughly as Denver's RedLine." The result: a showcase of bold exhibitions that harness the riches of complete creative license, ample space, and mentorship that RedLine provides its residents.
The building itself, a modern space designed by architects Semple-Brown, houses the artists and their work with plenty of room to breathe. At any time, 25?30 resident artists use RedLine as a studio and exhibition space. Additionally, curators schedule exhibitions that feature a wide swathe of subject matter?current shows include a retrospective on trailblazing female artists in contemporary art, and an exploration of celebrated abstract painter Harmony Hammond. In their mission to be more than just an art gallery, RedLine takes many initiatives to serve the public. For example, there's the Young Artists and Monthly Art programs, which foster creativity in children of all ages, and the Reach Artists program, which offers a safe and supportive haven for Denver's transitory artists.
At Bella Glass Studios, students unleash boundless creativity during a variety of do-it-yourself craft classes including paint-your-own pottery, glass fusing, and glass ornament-making classes. The Twigs-N-Berries class equips students with the tools and necessary know-how to fashion two quirky, colorful pendants. Or they can create functional dinnerware in the Sue, She Needs a Plate! class. Students can also design key chains, letter openers, or the global currency: marbles. Throughout each class, staff members monitor students as they arrange smooth glass balls among thin vitrigraph to craft abstract compositions or wield colors as bright as their imaginations.