All Good Things is the last exhibit ever at Helikon Gallery & Studios as we prepare to shut down at the end of December 2019. We are honored to host over 60 works of art by more than two dozen artists from Colorado and abroad in this final show. As a parting thank you, 100% of the sale of all artwork throughout the building will go directly to the artists through the rest of the year. We will always be grateful for the incredible work artists have done for us over the years and for the many fans and supporters who’ve made this building more than the sum of its parts.
This year, the city of Denver increased our property taxes by nearly 300% and rejected our appeal to stop the increase. Despite our best efforts to find workable solutions to keep the gallery and studios afloat, it’s no longer financially viable. We have strived to pass on the privilege of ownership through our business model – through free events, below-standard commission rates, and studio rent that was perpetually kept below market value until this year. We’re a family owned and co-run space in a building we built in 1974, on a block we’ve had a business presence on for the last 100 years, but even ownership can’t sustain an art business under these conditions. We’ll be pursuing adaptive reuse of the space into a form that can, but have no plans to continue the gallery after that point.
We are not the first gallery or studio building to close due to these pressures, and certainly will not be the last. We feel deeply for every other space that has suffered our same fate in recent years. It’s worth questioning where Denver’s priorities lie as the city rapidly changes. There’s a menagerie of forces and problems that are driving small businesses away from the city, and as art spaces continue to diminish, the opportunities for Denver’s creative community shrink. The value of culture is something that cannot easily be quantified, but it can be felt. At what point is it a misnomer to call this neighborhood an Arts District?
We’ve been asked how people can help or support us – our only advice is to buy art from artists. It may seem like an obvious statement, but the truth is that so many artists struggle to get by as do the galleries that feature them. It’s a difficult industry that requires immense work to sustain a career in, far more than is evident in the pieces you see on the walls. Every purchase you make, large or small, is the strongest endorsement you can give to an artist, and the best way to ensure they can continue to do what they do.
JOSHUA CHARLES HART
JOHN VAN HORN
JANELLE W ANDERSON
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