Art flourishes on Niwot First Friday

Galleries, shops enliven downtown

By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   09/07/2012 04:26:10 PM MDT

Updated:   09/07/2012 04:27:54 PM MDT

Anne Postle of Osmosis Art and Architecture in Niwot. ( Paul Aiken )

Art walks in SeptemberFriday, Sept. 7

Pearl Street, Downtown Boulder 6-8 p.m.,

NoBo Nite Out, Broadway from Lee Hill Road to Pine Street 6-9 p.m., First Friday Art Walk

Downtown Louisville 5-8 p.m.,

1st Friday Art Walks, Old Town Niwot 5-8 p.m.,

Friday, Sept. 14

Second Fridays Downtown Longmont 6-9 p.m., www.downtownlongmont. com/arts-and-entertainment/fridays

Friday, Sept. 21

Art Night Out, downtown Lafayette 4-9 p.m., index.aspx?NID=565

A little over three years ago, Anne Postle, owner of Osmosis Architecture, decided to use the additional space in the front of her downtown Niwot location to expand her business to include an art gallery — a decision that would eventually influence modernday Niwot’s First Friday Art Walk events.

Housed in a historic brick church building on Second Avenue, Osmosis Gallery has grown significantly in the past few years, displaying a variety of artwork from more than 40 Colorado artists.

‘There is art everywhere,’ says Postle. ‘We have art in every size, medium and price range.’ Postle isn’t kidding.

Colorful artwork blankets the walls of both floors of this building. Even the landscape surrounding Osmosis is brimming with art, and the beautifully-manicured sculpture garden and back patio have become a main attraction for visitors of the gallery.

Along with fellow Niwot galleries — Manifest Art Gallery, Nomad Gallery and Little Bird — Osmosis Gallery opens its See ART , 2d

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doors from 5-8 p.m. every first Friday of the month and invites people in to browse through the gallery while enjoying live music and a selection of appetizers. Additional artists will also be showing work in the Emporium Building on Second Avenue and a selection of local shops and restaurants in the downtown Niwot and Cottonwood Square areas will also be offering up special hours and discounts for art enthusiasts strolling through town.

‘Niwot is a very vibrant community,’ says Postle, who sees the town come to life on the first Friday of the month. ‘There’s a lot going on here and the town gets hopping!’ On Friday, Sept. 7, Osmosis Gallery will be featuring new work by four different glass artists as part of Niwot’s First Friday Art Walk events, including glasswork by Dee Crouch — a longtime Boulder resident and former emergency room doctor who left a 22-year career in medicine to pursue his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Although several neighboring towns host Art Walk events on the first Friday of each month, Postle says that First Fridays in Niwot are definitely worth a visit.

‘Niwot is a charming historic town with beautiful patios, wonderful restaurants and great stores and shops to wander in. There’s really a mix here — not just fine art but crafts, western art, wonderful quilt and jewelry shops; there are so many places to go.’ Contact Tyra Sutak at