3636 Chestnut Place Denver CO 80216
Gallery hours Monday-Friday 10-4pm and Saturdays noon-4pm
Ironton was conceived in 1999 by friends Russ Beardsley, Debra Goldman, Mike Mancarella and David Walter. The four met while at UCD's sculpture department and were renting a studio on Brighton Blvd when they found the foreclosed property at 36th and Chestnut.
The area had long been host to industry and artisans and it seemed an appropriate location to build an artist community. It took a year to rehab the former garage and to landscape the yard. Ironton was named after the school that sat just east of the land at the turn of the century.
Complete with metal fabricating facilities, woodshops, sculpture and painting studios, Ironton is a place for artist's to collaborate with one another and engage the public through the gallery and open studios. In October of 2013 a new building was added creating 4500 square feet of work space and nine new studios. Currently there are 20 artist's and creative businesses at Ironton.
Along with the individual spaces there is a shared kitchen area, landscaped sculpture garden and an 800 square foot gallery that is open to the public. Ironton occupies 3/4's of an acre across from Weilworks in River North. In October of 2008 Ironton received a Mayors Design Award under the category "Oh, Pioneers" recognizing their early settlement in the River North area.
In 2006 Jill Hadley Hooper became a partner. That same year she and Tracy Weil co-founded The River North Art District, RiNo for short. At Ironton she coordinates the gallery and gardens. Hugh Graham is Hadley's partner and helps to maintain the database, social media, website and the gardens.
Mike Mancarella's business Junoworks and sculpture facilities are based at Ironton. He also runs Ironton's day to day business activities and manages the studios.
In 2006 Debra and Russ moved to Washington and are still partners. David Walter left the partnership in 2008. The garden and many sculptural details remain as a reminder of the energy that they brought to the space.
In December of 2015 Ironton will host it's last exhibit. After 16 years of shows from the Ironton artist's and the local community the owner's made the decision to invite another entity to rent and run the space. The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) will take over operations of the gallery and have their first opening reception in February 2016.