Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the art inside is delightful.
An abundance of First Friday art openings will take place on Friday, Dec. 6. Bundle up and enjoy the sights.
The opening event at the The Art Center will feature three new exhibits: The Return of Airworks Studio with “House Works,” by Melanie Walker and George Peters, will be on display through Jan. 27; “Elemental — Form, Fire, Clay, Paint,” with clay vessels by Terry Shepherd and paintings by Heather Patterson, will be on display through Jan. 28; and “Rainbow Journey,” by Karen Kreyeski, will be on display through Jan. 25.
Walker and Peters own Airworks Studio in Boulder and exhibited various kites at The Art Center in 2011. “House Works” is a collection of photos, sculptures and installations, exploring the various themes of “house” and “home.”
“The house is a nest, a place of retreat, a collection of life memories, and a shelter from storms. Sometimes it is a prison made to escape from, a place to return to.
It is our societal glue, placing ourselves into a community of other houses in suburbs, cities and village communities. Our house mortgages hold us there. Our families grow up there ...” a news release said, adding that “even our technology connections return us to our ‘home’ page.”
An opening talk and lecture will be at 6 p.m., introductions at 6:30 p.m., and the reception from 7–9 p.m., at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.
Other galleries hosting upcoming art openings and open houses are:
■ “Ornamentation,” an exhibit featuring hundreds of ornaments in a variety of media and materials, is on display at Operation Revamp, 307 S. 12th St. An opening reception will go from 5–9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Call 462-3126 for information.
■ “Consort, Conspire, Collaborate,” an exhibit of collaborative works by Colorado Mesa University student poets, designers and print makers, will have its closing reception from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Art Gallery at the University Center on campus. Call 248-1833 for information.
■ “The Home Show: Calling All Saints and Sinners! Sacred Art from All Traditions” will have an opening reception from 6–8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, 524 Colorado Ave.
The exhibit will feature tin work and retablos by Luis Lopez, Road Rosaries by Kimberly Mussmacher, dioramas by Laura Palmer, collages by Gayle Gerson, goddesses by Caole Lowrey and more. It will be on display through December. Call 256-9630 for information.
■ The Holiday Cheer event will be from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St., inside Interiors Etc. on Main Street. There will be artist demonstrations, food by Lynn Finley and music by Noelle Smith. Call 270-0303 for information.
■ A Christmas party and open house will be from 5:30–9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Aspen Photo Art Gallery inside Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St. Enjoy jazz music by Steve Williams, food, wine tasting, bakery goods, homemade root beer by Copper Club Brewing and photos from Larry Bennett and guest photographers.
■ Rose Hue Gallery will host a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7–8, at 210 E. Aspen Ave. in Fruita. Cards, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and more will be given away. There also will be drawings for gift certificates. Demonstrations by various artists will take place and many artists will donate a portion of their sales to local charities. Snacks and beverages will be served. Call 245-7335 for information.
■ Local award-winning oil painter Bud Markos will be featured during an artist reception from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane. Wine and refreshments will be served. Call 245-6999 or go to framedepotGJ.com for information.