Grand Valley Studio Tour, other area art events

“Poppies”  by Sandy King



The welcome mat is out and the public is invited to visit area artist studios during the Grand Valley Artists Studio Tour.

Twenty Grand Valley artists will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays, May 3 and May 10. The self-guided tour is an opportunity for people to see where the art is created and talk with the artists about their individual techniques.

According to the tour brochure and map, visitor can see and purchase art in a variety of mediums — oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, ceramics and photography.

Some studios are offering a chance to enter a drawing to win an original piece of art.

Tour maps can be downloaded at atlastasolar.com or call 245-7382 for information.

Other art events happening include:

■ US Bank Fine Art Auction will begin with a reception, preview and silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by the live fine art auction at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Wear a costume if you wish, for the 1960s-themed reception. Tickets cost $20 at the door and proceeds will benefit The Art Center’s art education and exhibition programming. Call 243-7337 or go to gjartcenter.org for information.

■ An art reception and opening of “Beneath the Camo” will take place Friday, May 2, at The Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the reception will be at 7 p.m. People’s Choice and other award voting ballots will be available from 5–8 p.m., with the awards presentation at 8:30 p.m. Call 462-3126 for information.

■ Delta Fine Arts Club will host its art show and sale Friday through Sunday, May 2–4, at the Elk’s Lodge, 563 Main St., in Delta. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 856-2184 or 596-8838 for information.

■ An artist of the month reception is set for 7–9 p.m. Friday, May 2, at The Apple Shed Gallery, 250 S. Grand Mesa Drive, in Cedaredge. Works by Daniel Logé will be on display through May 31. Call 856-4615 for information.

■ A First Friday open house, featuring artist Barbara Churchley, will be from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St., inside Interiors Etc. Demonstrations will be given by Oakley artists, Lynn Finley will offer Cinco de Mayo-inspired food and cellist Noelle Smith will provide music. Call 241-9262 for information.

■ People are invited to stroll among the Art on the Corner sculptures during the First Friday Art Walk from 7–9 p.m. Friday, May 2, in downtown Grand Junction, then come back from 7:30–11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, to watch the new sculpture installation. An artist reception will take place Saturday evening, from 6–9. Go to downtowngj.org or call 245-9697 for information.

■ Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane, will host a reception from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, for featured artist Penny Pallister. A retired traveling nurse who was bitten by the art bug, Pallister works in colored pencil and watercolors. Call 245-6999 for more information.

■ Moab in Monochrome Photography Exhibit, featuring landscape photographer Bret Edge, will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Dead Horse Point State Park’s Bighorn Gallery, north of Moab, Utah. Each photograph is printed on a thin sheet of aluminum, giving image depth and luminescence. The exhibit will be on display through June 30 and a $10 park entry fee is required. Call 435-259-2614 for information.


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