Experience Denver’s Most Activated and Art-Filled Alley

Have you had the chance to experience the Alley at Dairy Block, downtown Denver’s most activated and art-filled alley? Spanning the center of Dairy Block between Blake and Wazee Streets and 18th and 19th Street, the Alley serves as a unifying, pedestrian- and art-centric epicenter for the downtown community. The art program, curated by NINE dot ARTS, was specifically selected to create a visible and engaging focal point for the block, with 10 pieces from 10 different artists – all of whom have a local connection to Denver.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, you’re in luck! Our Associate Curator Chris Roth recently gave us a virtual tour of the engaging space, as well as a few featured pieces of art:

Art Overview of the Alley at Dairy Block

Spilt Milk (an homage to Harold Ed Gerton) by Airworks Studios
Spilt Milk from Airworks Studios flanks one end of the Alley on 19th Street, and celebrates the block’s history, making a bold statement by originating near the top of the eight-story The Maven hotel.

Musical Churns by Nikki Pike
Woven throughout the Alley, Musical Churns from Nikki Pike is an interactive sculptural installation that invites and guides guests on a magical exploration. The bronze cast butter churns nod to the site’s origin as Windsor Farms Dairy, and are synchronized with LED lights  and musical compositions from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The Alley, designed by Crème Design, also features a cobblestone walkway, outdoor lights, patio seating and retail storefronts, including the Milk Market food hall by Chef Frank Bonanno. Dairy Block was developed by McWHINNEY, Grand American, Inc. and Sage Hospitality with the intent to celebrate makers, and create artful and unexpected experiences.

Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder

When you’re born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, genteel grace and charm are just a natural byproduct of your upbringing. But Martha’s deep understanding of the art business and tenacious drive for business success are something all her own. As our CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and is basically our head cheerleader and evangelist to the world. Martha left Alabama at 18 to expand her horizons and graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha loves the business of art and finds tremendous satisfaction in helping new and emerging artists discover that you can actually get paid for your talent. She also loves using both sides of her brain on a daily basis, which can mean touring an amazing new NINE dot ARTS art experience in the morning and reviewing equally inspiring spreadsheets in the afternoon. When she’s not bouncing from meeting to meeting around our office, talking to movers and shakers in the art world, or giving high fives (with a handmade artistic hand, naturally) to team members, you might find her shopping at estate sales, urban hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or making cool stuff with her three art loving children.

Martha supports the art community by: currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and serving as Executive Director for Union Hall. Past experiences include lecturer for the Americans for the Arts conference in San Francisco on Art & Placemaking, serving on the Planning Committee for Stuart Semple’s Happy City, speaking on the CBCA Arts and Real Estate Panel, lecturer for the artist education series, Moxie U, and lecturer on Artist professional development for the Pueblo Economic Development Council.

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