‘Six Visions in Oil’ on display at The Main Street Gallery

Piece by Carol Bowker, whose work is part of the “Six Visions in Oil” exhibit on display at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St., in Grand Junction.

Piece by Tina Rupp, whose work is part of the “Six Visions in Oil” exhibit on display at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St., in Grand Junction.

Piece by Sharon Riegel, whose work is part of the “Six Visions in Oil” exhibit on display at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St., in Grand Junction.

The extended Labor Day holiday weekend kicks off in fine fashion with First Friday art reception fun.

Six artists from Crawford are featured in the “Six Visions in Oil” exhibit, on display at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St., in Grand Junction. An opening reception is planned for 5–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, for the exhibit with work created by Carol Bowker, Jim Dawson, Carole Lazo, Donna Spencer, Sharon Riegel and Tina Rupp.

In addition to Bowker’s oil paintings, the regional and national award-winning artist also will exhibit works in acrylic. Bowker’s “style is mostly realistic, yet somewhat impressionistic,” she said in a news release.

Dawson, who worked 36 years for the U.S. Forest Service, credits “our way of life in the west and its integral interaction with nature” as the inspiration for his paintings.

Fairly new to the art of painting, Lazo has photographed wildlife for 30 years and cites that experience as a foundation for her new adventure in painting.

Spencer has been interested in watercolor, oils and drawing for years, but it wasn’t until after she retired that she was able to devote the time and energy to the arts.

Oil painting and building furniture were a dream come true for Riegel, who after a “successful career in the ‘normal’ workplaces,” now works from her West Elk wilderness home.

Rupp is “inspired daily” as she paints, draws and walks her dog in Crawford. Born and raised in Denver, she studied fine art at the University of Colorado and attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Call the gallery at 245-7949 for reception and exhibit information.

Other art events happening in the area include:

■ Artists of the month Jim Lance and Betsy McLoughlin will be at the First Friday art reception from 5:30–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Colorado Canyons Gallery, Framing and Gifts, 623 Main St.

Lance “has visions and creativity to see what things could be made into, while others see it as ordinary junk,” a news release said.

“McLoughlin is primarily a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting (watercolors) all her life.”

The public is invited to meet the artists along with the many other artists represented, enjoy refreshments and see artist demonstrations.

Go to ccgal.com or call 314-2054 for information.

■ The Art Center’s First Friday art reception will be from 6:30–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at 1803 N. Seventh St.

Highlighted this First Friday are “The Two of Us: James Surls and Charmaine Locke,” which has been on exhibit since July and continues through Sept. 23, as well as exhibits held in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Home Impressions” is on display through Oct. 15 and “¡Del Corazon!” can be viewed through Oct. 1.

The Western Colorado Bonsai Society exhibit is on display through Sept. 10.

Mesa Outloud and Paul Breaux will provide music for this First Friday event and there will be a cash beer and wine bar.

Surls and Locke also will present an artist talk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

Go to gjartcenter.org or call 243-7337 for information about the reception and the artist talk.

■ Works in “The Two of Us: James Surls and Charmaine Locke” exhibit also are on display at 437CO, Colorado Mesa University’s Art Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave.

Surls and Locke will give an artist talk at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, during the First Friday art reception at the 437CO gallery from 5–9 p.m. The couple’s exhibit will continue to be on display through Sept. 23.

Call 248-1833 for information.

■ Artwork by Barb Churchley will be on display through September at Impressionz Art Gallery, 105 W. Main St. in Cedaredge.

Churchley will at an artist reception from 4–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Call 712-9597 or 424-2019 for information.

■ First Friday open art studio events are planned beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the Margery Building Studios and Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, both located in the Margery Building, 523 1/2 Main St.

Uncanny’s exhibit, titled “Kill Your Idols Tribute Art Show,” pays homage to the artists’ favorite influences. Uncanny’s reception will be from 7–11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Call 260-9961 for information.

■ The Moab Studio Tour is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3–4, in Moab and Castle Valley, Utah.

The annual tour features 12 artist studios. A reception will take place before the 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, concert at Star Hall in Moab, Utah. Tour maps and information can be found at moabstudiotour.com and Gallery Moab, 87 N. Main St., in Moab.


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