KASIA BROUSSALIAN
University of Colorado arts students Ryan Schnirel, left, throws hay to Jon Geiger to distribute around their latest project, the Chicken Shack Village, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday. A new exhibit featuring the student’s work opens Friday.

Don’t be intimidated by art.

The Boulder and Denver have some pretty cool spots that house local artists and designers, all that is fashionable and trendy and — of course — the weird.

Since the University of Colorado’s Arts & Culture week wraps this weekend, keep that art spirit going by checking out these five cool spots and exhibits.

1 FlowViz

Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., on campus

“FlowViz,” or flow visualization artwork, is an exhibit of images by CU students showcasing the beauty and physics of the flows of fluids (like gasses and liquids). Think of stirring milk in coffee and swirls of smoke. Free. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. (except during home football games).

Info: fiske.colorado.edu, 303-492-5002

2 Atmosphere Apparel

902 Pearl St, Boulder

A T-shirt shop by day, an art gallery by night. Check out all that is edgy — and a trek from conventional — in music, fashion and art this cool west end shop on the Pearl Street Mall. A turntable, T-shirts and local art fill the space. The hours on the Web site read “euro-centric with a few hour siesta” in the day for the shop to remain open later into the evening.

Info: atmosphereapparel.com, 954-599-0744

3 Chicken Shack Village

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder

Chickens are taking over BMoCA! At least on Saturday, they are. Three student-designed chicken coops and a DIY kit for backyard chicken farmers will be on display at the museum’s opening reception at 6:30 Friday. The Baseline Group, a collective of artists and faculty at CU, are the masterminds behind the installation project. On Saturday, the students will host a symposium with local farmers, gardeners and real chickens from 10 a.m. to noon. Also on display at the reception is Heather Wilcoxon’s “The Surface and Beneath” and Andrea Modica’s “Fountain.”

Info: bmoca.org, 303-443-2122

4 Floods: A Really Big Exhibition

Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver

New York-based artist Barnaby Furnas brings his notoriously red-drenched apocalyptic-like paintings to Denver’s Museum of Modern Art. Check out the opening reception for Furnas, whom the New York Times calls “compellingly ferocious,” at 7 p.m. Friday. MCA’s Web site reads it costs “5 cents for students, artists and guys named Barnaby, 10 cents for everyone else.”

Info: mcadenver.org, 303-298-7554

5 The Fabric Lab

3105 East Colfax Ave., Denver

If you want to hipster the hell out of Denver, check out the Fabric Lab, a local-designers-only boutique. The hip joint is filled with clothing, jewelry, art, accessories and handbags. In the once-sketchy-now-trendy East Colfax area, The Fabric Lab has been known to throw some pretty rowdy shindigs and host some hot Colfax sidewalk fashion shows. Open Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Info: 303-321-3604

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