Oakley Gallery to feature life model, other First Friday events

It’s the month of love and Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St., is commemorating February with a First Friday event welcoming a life model, Alex Maenchen, to the gallery to pose from 6–8 p.m.

“I’ve modeled for a handful of years mostly at (Colorado Mesa University) for classes,” said Maenchen, a senior at CMU. “It just feels very comfortable to me.”

Maenchen often poses nude when working with CMU art students, but he will be wearing minimal clothing at Oakley Gallery as several artists work in different mediums, including mother and daughter artists Catherine Ruzycki and Janet Kelleher.

“Artists can have ideas, and the model has to do his or her best to find the pose that best expresses their idea,” Maenchen said. “Artistically, the model has to work with the artist to find that sweet spot.”

Oakley Gallery also will be serving food from artist Lynn Finley and will have live music from cellist and artist Noelle Smith, so the public can relax and watch artists work.

Other local galleries also are hosting art events this coming week, including:

■ The Art Center’s First Friday Art Reception will highlight The Art Center Members’ Exhibit 2014 featuring works in a variety of mediums by Art Center members. Introductions will be at 6:30 p.m., and the reception will go from 7–9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Titled “Near East, Far into the West, and Ever Expanding,” the exhibit will be on display through Feb. 26. Call 243-7337 or go to gjartcenter.org.

■ “Outside the Box,” an exhibit of works by veterans and their families, will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. An awards presentation will be at 8 p.m. Go to operationrevamp.org or call 462-3126 for information.

■ “Flight” is the name of the art exhibit opening at The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St. An opening reception is set for 6–10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, featuring music by Magpie, a food bar by Bin 707 and merchandise by Seeds of Revolution. The exhibit will be on display through March 25. Go to therawcanvas.net or call 985-9649 for information.

■ +1 Gallery presents artist Kathy Blouch’s newly created series of digital illustrations with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, at the Alpine Bank building, Suite 215. Blouch created the series that focuses on societal preoccupation with violence.

■ Frame Depot will host its February art opening and reception from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at 529 Bogart Lane. The exhibit comprises fiber and mixed media works by The Raven Mavens, and will be on display Feb. 8 through March 5. Wine and refreshments will be served at the reception. Call 245-6999 for information.

■ The Sculpture of Doug Sink will be featured during an opening reception from 6–8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the Art Gallery at the University Center, Colorado Mesa University. Sink is the program manager of the Lory Student Center Arts Program at Colorado State University — Fort Collins, where he also teaches 3D Visual Fundamentals. Sink’s sculpture will be on display through Feb. 28. Call 248-1833 for information.

■ Watercolor, wood carving, paper mache and monochromatic drawings by Korean War veteran Karl Emrich are on display through Feb. 19 at Help Hospitalized Veterans Community Based Arts and Crafts Center, 1670 North Ave. A meet-the-artist event and demonstration will be from 12:30–2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Call 424-0499 for information.


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