Senior Exhibition part of full slate of First Friday art events

Emerging artists in the community is the focus of the Colorado Mesa University Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition on display Friday, April 4, through May 11, at 501 Colorado Ave.

TETRAD will show printmaking, drawing, painting and mixed media pieces created by Brevin Currier, Salina Kirk, Kirk Shiflett and Meril Wallace in the retro-industrial building in downtown Grand Junction.

The exhibit is a culmination of the “Senior Seminar and Portfolio” course, in which the student artists coordinate the exhibit as preparation for future professional endeavors. CMU Assistant Professor Heather Patterson McCulloch guided the students through the process of locating an art space, finding sponsors, fundraising and budgeting, publicity and exhibit installation.

An opening reception will be from 6–10 p.m. Friday, April 4, with music from the Corey Wright Band, food by Bin 707 and wine from Garrett Estate Cellars.

Gallery hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Call 248-1833 for information.

Here are some other art events set for First Friday, April 4, and during the upcoming week:

■ An art exhibit opening reception featuring works by Ridgway artist Ed Werner is 6–8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 226 Grand Ave., in Paonia. Werner’s “Pretty in Pink” series and new works will be on display through Friday, May 2. Call 527-7243 or go to for information.

■ An art reception is planned for 4–6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Eccentric Artist Gallery, 217 Grand Ave. in Paonia. Call 527-7001 for information.

■ “Through the Looking Glass,” a solo art exhibition featuring works by L.J. Stivers, is on display through Monday, April 28, at The Veteran’s Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. Stivers, a U.S. Army veteran, studied art at Lewis and Clark Community College in Illnois and was a combat illustrator for three years for the Army. An opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4. Call 462-3126 for information or go to

■ The Member Show art opening will be from 6–10 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St. The exhibit features new work from 20 artists. The reception will include music from You Knew Me When, appetizers from Bin 707 and beverages from High Country Beverage. Call 985-9649 or go to for information.

■ The 38th annual Colorado Mesa University Juried Student Exhibit will be featured with a reception on Friday, April 4, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. A juror talk with Collin Parson and introductions are at 6:30 p.m., followed by the reception from 7–9 p.m. The student exhibit is on display through April 11. Exhibits continuing at The Art Center are the 22nd annual Rockies West National 2014, through Friday, April 4, and the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Exhibit, through Friday, April 11. Go to or call 243-7337 for information.

■ The School District 51 Arbor Day poster contest winners, along with works by artists Sandy King and Randy Langstraat, will be on display through June at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St. An opening reception will be from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, April 4. Call 254-3866 for information.

■ An artist reception is set for 1–4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane. New landscape paintings, by British-born artist David Cook, will be on display through April. Call 245-6999 for information.

■ The Palisade Art Lovers 34th annual Peach Blossom Art Show will be up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13, at the Palisade Veterans Memorial Building, 120 W. Eighth St., in Palisade. This year’s special category is “Kitchen Gadgets,” highlighting anything pertaining to kitchen tools, gadgets and gizmos. PALs will accept late entries through Saturday, April 5, for an additional $5. Call 464-0440 for information or go to


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