Talking Points: Meet Ivar Zeile, Gallerist Plus

Each week, we’ll introduce you to someone you may, or may not know who lives in Downtown Denver. And, each week, we’ll ask that person five questions…always the same. But, we’re sure to get a lot of different answers! Each week’s interviewee will also be archived on the page titled “Talking Points” at the top of this site. Let us know what you think.

Ivar Zeile,  a 10 year Downtown Resident,  is the owner and director of Plus Gallery at 2501 Larimer, providing noted contemporary art exhibitions and artist representation.  Zeile has been a member of the Denver Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs since 2006 and has served as a board member for numerous community anchor arts organizations including PlatteForum, the Denver Art Museum’s DAM Contemporaries, and Redline.  In 2009 Zeile was appointed the creative director for the Denver Theatre District’s Outdoor Art Gallery and continues to develop this program that enhances the presence of the visual arts in downtown Denver.

Ivar Zeile, photo by Diane Huntress

On Friday, July 15, Plus Gallery will celebrate it’s own 10-year anniversary, with the opening of a solo exhibit by Portland based Gabriel Liston titled “Still on the Wrong Side of the Water.”

Denver by the Slice talked with Ivar between rain storms this week.

What is the best thing about living Downtown?

 It’s not the suburbs!  I love the feel of the city and the variety that is available within walking distance.  My wife and I also are raising a son now, I love the idea that he’ll understand the nature of an exciting downtown environment from a very young age.

What has been the biggest change while you have lived Downtown?

Well, traffic and parking have only become worse, but I think the most positive change is the Denver B-cycle program, it just makes so much sense for anyone living and/or working downtown, I use it all the time.

What don’t we have now that we need Downtown?

I really feel like downtown could use a large-scale outdoor congregating space, something where major live music acts could perform and that could incorporate a wide number of different activities that are open-air in a park-like atmosphere, sort of like the waterfront in Chicago.

What’s your favorite place to go away from Downtown

I don’t stray from the downtown often, but probably the Starz Film Center on Colfax or the other art-house film screens like the Mayan or Chez Artiste.  I guess I’d love a place for good cinema downtown, we take our son to the UA cinemas on 16th street occasionally, but I really hate the commercial cinemas.

Tell us something about yourself most people wouldn’t know.

My college degree is in Urban Planning!  I have never used that degree professionally, but I have to say it has been very useful in everything I’ve done since college and it is definitely a major factor in my appreciation for living and running a business downtown.

Gallerist…and Urbanist…Plus! Thanks, Ivar!