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Outworld Brewing hosts pop up art gallery to showcase local artists

The Longmont sci-fi themed brewery, Outworld Brewing, planned to host several events to fit into their motif when it opened early 2020. The pandemic halted those gatherings, but now Outworld is kicking off one of several “nerdy” experiences with a pop up art gallery.

The “Phantasmagoria pop up gallery” will display sci-fi and fantasy inspired artwork on July 23 at the brewpub, located at 1725 Vista View Dr Suite B, starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitors can grab a brew and grub, peruse the sculptures and paintings while listening to a live performance from Metanaut, a two-person DJ group. The event is free to attend.

Event coordinator Serena Lucas said the idea for the event came from an ongoing project. Outworld is working on a “digital gallery” where primarily local artists will be featured on the brewpub’s website.

Outworld decided to make an in-person event. The pop-up art showcase could become a quarterly event, Lucas said.

“I'm just really excited to be able to sort of showcase some local artists,” Lucas said.

The featured artists will include digital artist James Hunter, painter Robert Shea, illustrator Lauren Festa and sculptor Tristan Anderson. Hunter and Shea makeup the DJ duo Metanaut and perform electronic tunes from Outworld’s upstairs stage during the art show.

Lucas said there’s not a set date for the release of the digital art showcase, but Outworld is holding an artist call. Interested artists can email their portfolios to serena@outworldbrewing.com or social.outworld@gmail.com

Brenda Fuller, chief administrative officer and co-owner of Outworld, said since Outworld opened in February last year, they had to pause events due to COVID restrictions shortly after opening.

Since then, the sci-fi brewpub has hosted several small on-brand events including “Sci-fi Speed Dating,” and “Towel Day” where customers could bring in a towel for a discount, a reference to Douglas Adams’ book “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.” However, “Phantasmagoria” is the first large event that aligns with Outworld’s theme, Fuller said.

“We're really looking forward to creating memorable experiences for our guests, and for us that's using sci-fi, fantasy and related themes to engage with our guests and to tell our Outworld story.”