Written by Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine
An alleyway and its surrounding businesses downtown are quickly becoming a welcome retreat, with the help of a few dozen local artists. The Dairy Block is more than just retail, restaurants and a hotel, it’s basically an art gallery spread across an entire city block. The local art curation organization NINE dot ARTS orchestrated most of the projects, landing 31 artists who will create 715 art pieces in total, 275 of which are commissioned. Many of the projects are already completed, and even a quick walk by will showcase more than 10 artists at a glance. The other four artists were contracted by Bonanno Concepts for Milk Market by Jacqueline Bonanno.
Dairy Block’s name comes from the historic legacy that particular block carries — a nod to H. Brown Cannon who founded the Windsor Dairy in 1920. H. Brown Cannon went on to exert his influence in Denver as a civic leader for many years and Windsor Dairy was a much sought-after product in the Mile High City. The renovated Dairy Block calls itself a micro-district that “continues the tradition of quality and craftsmanship originally established by H. Brown Cannon.”
Though the micro-district currently boasts a number of restaurants, the newly opened Milk Market and The Maven hotel, the art is what this article is really about. Read on for a description of some of the artwork and then make your way over to the newest pedestrian alley for an art-seeking adventure.