Entertainment in Brief, July 7

Katie Hill’s artwork on display at national monument

Eight large paintings by local artist Katie Hill are now on display through the end of August, at the Colorado National Monument Visitor’s Center. 

The display includes paintings of Independence Monument, Kissing Couple Monument, and Wedding Canyon triptych (three paintings spanning Wedding Canyon). The display also includes two seasonal views of The Maroon Bells.

Visit katiehillart.blogspot.com or facebook.com/KatieHillArtist for more information.

Bob Martin the featured artist at Wright Opera House


Grand Junction artist Bob Martin will be the featured artist from July 15–Sept. 6, at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

A reception will be from 4–7 p.m. Saturday, July 5, with light refreshments and wine.

Martin will show about 20 pieces of art depicting the Southwest. His style of painting is impressionistic, a news release said. Mostly self-taught, he has painted for more than 30 years and his works can be seen at The Blue Pig Galley in Palisade, The Working Artists Gallery in Grand Junction, The Midland Art Gallery in Rifle and The Cooper Street Gallery in Glenwood Springs.

aRT program expanding after popular launch


Because of the success of aRT (art on the Riverfront Trail) the program is slated to expand to two additional locations later this year.

The program was launched in October, 2016 in the effort “to transform bleak underpasses along the Riverfront Trail into vibrant, colorful artistic expressions that enhance the trail user’s experience,” a news release said.

“The murals seem to have been very effective in not only beautifying a difficult area, but in some cases, they seem to have even reduced the number of homeless camps and their associated trash and hazardous waste,” said Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper in the news release.

“We’ve seen no graffiti or tagging over any of the approved artwork. As an example of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), this project has been highly successful.”

As part of the Downtown Art Festival this fall, Car Park aRT murals will be painted on the south side of the downtown parking garage, and aRT – Fruita murals will be painted on the spur trails leading to the Colorado River State Park and the future western expansion of the Riverfront Trail. The Fruita-area murals will be painted Sept. 23, as part of the Fruita Fall Festival.

Visit gjarts.org/cultural-happenings-news-events/art-programs to apply as a muralist and for more information, or call Lorie Gregor, recreation coordinator at 254-3876.


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