Art Roundup: Janowski’s “HeArt of the West’ comes to Main Street

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The heart of downtown Grand Junction is the place to be the evening of Friday, June 2, for the First Friday Art events.

“HeART of the West,” an exhibit of animals, history, scenery and people of the American West, is the featured exhibit for a First Friday reception from 5–9 p.m. Friday, at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St.

Artist Doris (DJ) Janowski of Whitewater has lived and worked in London, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Omaha and Denver, but is at home in the West. She has lived in western Colorado for 12 years and grew up on a cattle ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills — “with no indoor plumbing or electricity” — and loved it, a news release said.

Janowski paints both realistic and abstract pieces and subscribes to Aristotle’s maxim: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” She attributes her unique style of art to the fact that she’s lived in and traveled to so many places.

Works in the show include acrylics, oils, pastels and charcoals.

Refreshments will be provided during the reception. Call 245-7949 for information.

Here are details about some additional First Friday openings and other art events set this week:

■ Two shows are featured at the First Friday Art Reception on Friday, June 2, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

“Pure Pigment” is the Pastel Society of Colorado’s biennial members-only exhibition and “Contemporary 2017: Retellings” is The Art Center’s national, juried biennial showcasing emerging and established artists from across the country. Both exhibits are on display through June 24.

Artist introductions will be at 6:30 p.m., and the reception will go from 7–9 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Call 243-7337 or go to for information.

■ “Run Across Europe” is the title of the exhibit highlighted at the First Friday opening reception at 437CO Art Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave. This photography exhibit, hosted by the Colorado Mesa University art and design department, features photographs taken by students and faculty who were part of a 2016 CMU summer trip to Hungary, Croatia and Montenegro.

The reception will be from 5–8 p.m. Friday, June 2. An artist talk will be at 5:30 p.m.

Photos by students Grant Duta, Morgan Wagner, Kaitlin Webb, Alec Williams, Jenna-Lee Yoneshige and Forrest Zerbe will be on display through Aug. 25.

Call 248-1833 for information.

■ A steampunk-themed First Friday Art Reception is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, 523 1/2 Main St.

“Clockwork Affair” invites the public to come in costume and participate in the costume contest at 8:30 p.m.

■ The First Friday Art Walk in Cedaredge will be Friday, June 2, on Main Street in Cedaredge. Participating venues offer free activities with local artists, musicians, food and drink. Call 856-6961 for information.

■ As part of the First Friday Art Walk in Cedaredge, Impressionz Gallery will host a reception from 5–7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the gallery, 105 W. Main St., in Cedaredge.

Wood burning artist Scott Sullivan is the featured guest. Sullivan re-creates nature themes from animals to trees and still life on wood. The reception will feature music by guitarist Milton Skinner and hors d’oeuvres. Call 399-7577 for information.

■ Works by artist Virginia Lionberger will be on display through June 30 at the Veteran’s Art Center, 307 S. 12th St.

An exhibit opening reception will be from 6–8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the center. Call 462-3162 for information.

■ Local artist Sallie Wysocki will host The Original Y’art Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at 124 Ouray Ave. The show features oil and acrylic paintings, charcoal and graphite drawings and gouache paintings. Call 314-9314 for information.

■ If you’re planning a drive to the Moab, Utah-area in the near future, don’t miss Deadhorse Point State Park north of Moab and an art exhibit opening reception from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in the park’s Visitor Center Bighorn Gallery.

“Lyrical Landscapes” features studio and en plein air paintings by members of The Moab Pastel Guild. The exhibit will be on display through June 30.

Entrance to the park on Sunday will be free to those attending the reception. Park admission is normally $15 per vehicle.

Dead Horse Point is located nine miles north of Moab on U.S. Highway 191, and 23 miles south on Utah Highway 313. Call 435-259-2614 for information.


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