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Terms of Use

Art Lab is a hands-on, interactive, experimental cooperative art space.

Art Lab’s cooperative art space is operated by local innovators, artists, performers and volunteers. The cooperative nature of Art Lab Loveland gives creative and cultural-industry individuals a platform to showcase their work. We understand the importance of creatives belonging to a network of peers who promote and support their creativity. Art Lab includes creatives and innovators who have never before shown their work in a gallery or performance setting and participants with established creative careers. Usage “fees” depend on when and how long you need the space. Because we are a cooperative space, there are plenty of ways to offset the usage fees by doing things like volunteering and performing in the space. Art Lab Loveland is more concerned with community than commerce.

Our goal is to have live music or performances and visual artists share the space every Friday night and Saturday afternoon. We’ll supply the space, you bring the creative energy.


Terms of Usage — Visual Artists

Art Lab requires a one month commitment for visual artists, and we will launch new artist every 2nd Friday of the month: Downtown Loveland’s Night on the Town.   This allows weekends of demonstration, and time during the week for private receptions or studio work. If you have an idea for a large installation and need more time in the space, we can negotiate an extended show. A typical visual art cooperative commitment includes:

  • Move in Thursday before your scheduled opener date; or take advantage of the interactive energy of the space and hang your show while the public watches on Friday evening.
  • Hands-on demonstration of your project Friday night from 6 to 9pm and Saturday from Noon to 6pm, two consecutive weekends. We prefer that you occupy the space both Fridays and Saturdays — this experiment is all about showing the public your creative process.
  • Can’t commit to two Fridays and Saturdays? We’ll make an exception if your installation includes an self-guided interactive or educational feature.
  • Move out end of day Saturday (after 6pm), or anytime the following 5 days.
  • You may be sharing the space with other visual artists and musicians and/or live performers. The more the merrier, right?
  • Participate or pay. You can offset the very small usage fees (we have to pay for supplies and stuff like heat and air conditioning somehow) by volunteering your time. We do not take commissions on any sales, but do welcome donations.
  • Everyone can participate. If you are a professional, Art Lab Loveland is a unique opportunity to get your work out there and add a show or two to your resume. First timers use the space to be inspired and get a chance to be in a gallery and your work on a nice white wall, or perform for a real live audience.

Hours of Operation for Visual Artists

Fridays from 6 to 9pm, Saturdays from Noon to 6pm


Terms of Usage —
Musicians and Live Performers

Art Lab requires a one performance commitment for musicians and performers. We HOPE you’ll loving using the space so much that you’ll make use of the space both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. A typical band, musical or performance cooperative commitment includes:

  • Set up one-half hour before the doors open and you are scheduled to play.
  • Friday nights we ask that you play all three hours — with reasonable breaks and down time.
  • Saturdays — we understand that playing or performing six hours straight is a bit much, so we ask that you play two to three hours between Noon and 6pm. Of course you are welcome to play all day if you’d like.
  • You can use the Art Lab space as a kind of live practice space, or a polished show. It’s your call.
  • The public wants to see what you are doing and how you do it. Please interact with visitors and make them feel welcome.
  • No, you don’t have to let someone play your guitar, or drums, or keyboard. You’d be surprised how many people ask.
  • The Art Lab community piano is available to any band that wants to use them.
  • At this time you must supply your own sound system. We’re working on securing a couple of mikes, amps and speakers.
  • Yes, you can sell CDs, t-shirts, posters and set out a tip jar. No. we don’t take a commission, but we do take donations.
  • Participate or pay. You can offset potential small usage fees (we have to pay for supplies and stuff like heat and air conditioning somehow) by performing for free.
  • You will be sharing the space with visual artists and the public.

Hours of Operation for Musicians and Live Performers

Fridays from 6 to 9pm, Saturdays any two to three hours between Noon to 6pm


What are the rules for using the space and other smart questions:

  • Art and music SALES ARE PERMITTED. There is NO COMMISSION taken by Art Lab. If you sell it, you keep it (that’s why we are asking you to “work” the space while your show is active).
  • You CAN host a reception in the space, but no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Sounds boring, huh? Just get creative — who wouldn’t love to attend an art opening that served milk shakes?
  • Yes, we have a restroom.
  • Yes, the space is insured.
  • If you sell something, you are required to collect sales tax and pay City sales taxes.
  • You CAN teach a class in the space. We have tables and chairs, and LOVE the idea of a hands-on learning experience. (Classes only require a one-day commitment).
  • Clean up after yourself. There are garbage and recycling bins in the back alley.
  • This Art Lab web site is a great opportunity to promote yourself, so please send us a one or two paragraph description, photo, and links to your MySpace, Facebook or Web pages. We’ll do our part to promote YOUR Art Lab experience.
  • We are open to larger events with multiple artists — email us at with your ideas.
  • How can we afford to offer the space for next to nothing?  The owner of the Building Troy Peterson has allowed us to use the space for the time being, while working on creating the Rialto Bridge Project.  Our good Friends at Toolbox Creative who are visionary people who want to make art in Northern Colorado better have graced us with their Art Lab Fort Collins materials to help make it happen.  DaVinci Signs helped gave us the signs and other communtiy members have all donated a great deal… It is a community effort to really make it happen.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ali Almquist permalink
    April 23, 2010 4:07 pm

    I’m really excited for this to happen in downtown Loveland! I’ve lived here most of my life and can’t wait for this to all fall into place 🙂

  2. Carol A. Sarchet permalink
    May 20, 2010 8:09 pm

    This is a “happening” idea and congratulations for taking this on! I look forward to your success. I am a fiber artist and may try participate sometime this fall. It’s a bit challenging to come up with some way to demonstrate my work, but I will think on it.


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