Salvadoran artist’s work on display

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Colorful and innovative art by students who live in Grand Junction’s sister city of El Espino, El Salvador, as well as pieces by renowned Salvadoran artist, Fernando Llort, await visitors to Grand Junction City Hall.

This exhibit, which can be seen until the end of September, on the second floor of the city hall building at 250 N. Fifth St.

The exhibit is presented by The Foundation for Cultural Exchange and Grand Junction Commission on the Arts and is made up of paintings, fiber works, wood and found items, agriculture products including a piece made from corn masa.

Each piece is handmade by high school or college students in El Espino, and highlights the beauty and color of the culture in El Salvador.

The pieces will be auctioned on Nov. 4 during the foundation’s anniversary celebration at The Art Center.

Go to or call 433-2897 for information.

Along with this Salvadorian art exhibit, here are some details on other art events happening in the area include:

■ “Native American Folklore Illustrated,” featuring acrylic paintings on Yupo by local artist Nancee Jean Busse, will be featured at the First Friday artist reception from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St.

Busse is originally from Illinois where she worked as the art director of a small publishing company, illustrating children’s material.

“My painting is inspired either by a visually engaging narrative or a strong emotional recognition of the beauty of a subject and a powerful need to express it,” Busse said in a news release.

Call 245-7949 for information.

■ The First Friday art reception at The Art Center will explore the realm of fiber arts with the exhibit “Common Threads,” on display through Monday, Aug. 28. The reception will go from 7–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

“Common Threads” includes weaving, papermaking, felting, knitting and embroidery, according to exhibit notes at

Grand Junction artist Mary Hertert “embodies the fashion and installation art potential of fibers, with dyed and batiked kimonos and an interior garden made out of a myriad of fabrics,” the notes said.

Pat Hickman of Garnerville, New York, highlights sculptural possibilities with “freestanding forms made of animal membrane and wood pulp,” and Grand Junction Art Quilt Association members “demonstrate the possibilities of fibers’ two-dimensionality, with a dazzling array of quilts that range from abstract to representational.”

Navajo rugs from The Art Center’s permanent collection also are on display as well as yarn adornments in the The Art Center’s courtyard.

Artist introductions will be at 6:30 p.m. and the reception will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Call 243-7337 or go to the website for information.

■ Omnia Contemporary will host a First Friday reception for its exhibit featuring charcoal drawings by artist Kara Beach. The reception will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the gallery, 639 Main St.

The drawing installation, titled “Interior: A Process,” is on display through Aug. 25.

“The work for this show includes a series of nonobjective charcoal drawings that serve as a visual record or ‘artifact’ of the process by which they are made; reflecting the experience, thought processes, and both spacial and emotional connections made during their creation,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

Go to for information.

■ Cedaredge’s First Friday Art Walk will be Friday, Aug. 4, at participating venues on Main Street in Cedaredge.

There will be artists demonstrations, musicians, performance and spoken word on display, plus Kidz Korner Krafts hosted by Vision Charter Academy. Call 856-6961 for information.

■ August artist of the month Susan Jochum will be highlighted during the First Friday opening reception from 4–6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at ImpressionZ Gallery, 105 W. Main St., in Cedaredge.

Jochum grew up in Colorado and studied mathematics, art and humanities in college, followed by a 20-year career as a software engineer, a news release said.

In 2008, Jochum quit her job to pursue her passion for art and now lives and paints in Cedaredge. Call 303-437-2278 for information.

■ The final “Mud” Exhibition Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5–6, at Craig Gallery, 128 E. Third St., in Palisade.

“Mud” features artists Freya Hite, Mary Ellen Andrews, Mary Mansfield, Jim Cox, Sandy McCabe, Jim Miller and Tammy Craig. It will be on display through August. Call 216-0213 or go to for information.

■ “Dinosaur Track Photography Exhibit,” an artists open studio and book-signing event, is planned for 1–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 5–6, 12–13 and 26–27, at Studio 2138 LLC, 2138 Buffalo Drive.

“Dinosaur Track Photography Exhibit” features works by fine art photographer and author Andre Delgalvis and painter Susan Delgalvis. Visit the studio during the open hours or call 907-602-2311 to schedule an appointment.

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■ Dioramas, model trains and more are on display during August at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St.

An opening reception for “Planes Trains and Automobiles” — an annual group exhibition of models —  will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

Call 462-3126 or go to for information.


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