First Friday: Several exhibits to enjoy around town

This painting by Cynthia Duff is part of the “Gotta Get Lost to Be Found” exhibit at The Main Street Gallery.



This painting by Joan Anderson is part of the “Gotta Get Lost to Be Found” exhibit at The Main Street Gallery.



An inter-generational friendship between two artists has resulted in a collaborative art exhibit that will be highlighted on First Friday, Sept. 1.

Artist introductions for “65—26: Debby Flug & Robert Burch” will be at 6:30 p.m. before a reception from 7–9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at The Western Colorado Center for the Arts (The Art Center), 1803 N. Seventh St.

Flug and Burch, both multi-media artists, began collaborating after mutual needs brought them together: Arthritis was affecting Flug’s joints and she needed someone to grind steel for her, and Burch needed a spot to park his tiny house, according to gjartcenter.org.

“Debby’s yard overlooking Mt. Sopris would be a more than halfway decent spot provided (Burch) and Debby could stand each other’s eccentricities,” the website said.

This “mere exchange of services” resulted a collaboration in art. Flug is a painter and sculptor. Burch is a glassblower and sculptor. “Together their work is at once rough and delicate, raw emotion and refined idea,” according to gjartcenter.org.

This exhibit will be on display on display through Sept. 30.

Also on display at The Art Center is the Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition featuring local artists’ works ranging from abstract to representational. It will be up through Sept. 30.

Call 243-7337 or go to gjartcenter.org for information.

Other First Friday art events set for Friday and beyond include:

■ “The Wishbone, The Jaw Bone and the Backbone” opens the 2017–18 exhibit year at Colorado Mesa University’s art gallery, 437CO Art Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave.

Screen printings and mezzotint etchings by Faura Grossett of Fort Collins will be on display through Sept. 29. A reception will be 5–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, with an artist talk planned for 5:30 p.m. Local wine and beer will be for sale. Call 248-1833 for information.

■ “Gotta Get Lost to Be Found” is an exhibit of new works about healing and releasing creativity by Grand Junction artists Joan Anderson and Cynthia Duff.

It will be on display at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St. A First Friday Artist reception will be from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

“Gotta Get Lost to Be Found” represents the therapy of getting lost in painting, music, color and surroundings as a means to soften the pain of life and let tenderness come through art, a news release said.

Call 245-7949 for information.

■ Rob Mosher and his landscape creations will be on display during the First Friday Spotlight Art Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, 523 1/2 Main St.

Mosher creates landscapes using charcoal, printmaking, various paints and/or found objects “that pull from his vivid imagination to produce a world we would otherwise not experience,” says a Facebook event page. The reception will feature wine from Stoney Mesa Winery.

■ Cedaredge’s final First Friday Art Walk of the season will be Friday, Sept. 1, at participating venues and businesses in Cedaredge.

The event offers free activities involving artists, musicians, food and drink, and showcases local talent while supporting businesses on Main Street. Call 856-6961 for information.

■ Paonia’s Visionary Summit 2017 will go from 6–9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1–3, at various locations in Paonia.

The event features speakers, workshops, live painters, a group art project and music in downtown Paonia. Cost is $60 for the weekend.

Go to visionarysummitpaonia.com for tickets, artist and musician information.

■ An Art Exhibit Opening Reception will be from 6–8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St.

“You Can Do It Here” is a diverse collection of media and techniques that are available as classes or workshops and can be created at the center. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 30.

Call 462-3126 or go to operationrevamp.org for information.

■ Crystal glazed pottery and photography/monotypes by Piera Kllanxhja will be on display through September at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road. An opening reception will be from 2–4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

Call 243-5113 for information.

■ The Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials Art Contest and Show have become a favorite among Meeker residents, spectators and handlers and offer some of “the finest original sheepdog artwork to be found,” according to meekersheepdog.com.

The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 6–10, at the Wilber Barn in Meeker.

A reception is planned from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, with local music, light appetizers and refreshments. Visitors can vote on a People’s Choice winner during the reception. Go to meekersheepdog.com for more information.


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