Take in art at monument, downtown

Mark Akins, right, of Grand junction and Richard Szkutnik of Greenwood Village add detail to their oil paintings of the monoliths before them at the Saddlehorn picnic area Wednesday. At least a dozen artists were painting or pasteling the vista from the picnic area during the Colorado National Monument Plein Air 2017 Paint Out.

Maggie Cook of Grand Junction works in pastels on sanded paper as she creates a picture of the monoliths beyond her easel at the Saddlehorn picnic area Wednesday. At least a dozen artists were painting or pasteling the vista from the picnic area during the Colorado National Monument Plein Air 2017 Paint Out.



See the best of paintings created in the first annual Colorado National Monument Plein Air.

At noon Friday, Oct. 6, participating artists will each place a painting in the event’s exhibition to be judged by John David Phillips. The exhibition in monument’s Visitors Center will open with a preview night for association members and sponsors (admission free) from 5–8 p.m. Friday. Nonmember tickets cost $30 and include Chinle level association membership.

The exhibition will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. All artwork is available for purchase. Go to coloradonma.org for information.


This second annual festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6–7, with many downtown businesses and galleries participating hosting artists and/or exhibitions, classes and demonstrations.

Live music also can be found on the corner of Fourth and Main streets. Set for Friday is Wooden Nickel from 5–7 p.m. and the schedule for Saturday features The Navigators from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wave 11 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. and Five 14 from 4–6 p.m.

The installation of the 2017 Art on the Corner temporary exhibit will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Also set for Saturday is the Car Park aRT Paint Out. Seven artists will paint murals on the south side of the downtown parking garage at Fourth Street and Rood Avenue. The public is invited to watch.

Autumn’s colorful palette sets the scene for October’s First Friday happenings, including the opening of the 70th annual Brush and Palette Club Fine Art Show in the Studio Colorado Gallery at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

The exhibition traditionally features local artists and a variety of paintings both in material and subject matter, according to the show notes at gjartcenter.org. The show was judged by Susan Claffey, emeritus art professor at Colorado Mesa University and Art Center instructor.

The show will be on display through Nov. 11, along with these opening exhibits: “Firedance,” Junction Clay Arts Guild’s annual show; “The Color of Distance and Desire,” a solo exhibition by Polish-American artist Monika Meler featuring prints on semi-transparent Japanese paper and large-scale paper-cuts; and J.W. Fike’s “Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of Colorado.”

The Art Center’s First Friday Art Reception on Friday, Oct. 6, begins with artist introductions at 6:30 p.m. and the reception from 7–9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Go to gjartcenter.org or call 243-7337 for information.

Other art events happening in the area:

■ Uncanny Valley Art Gallery’s Evening of Edgar Allan Poe will go from 6–11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the gallery, 523 1/2 Main St. Visitors can browse the Buried Alive Art Show and listen to readings of Poe’s works. Group painting sessions will be at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Space is limited for the sessions and tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. 

■ A First Friday Art reception is planned for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Roasted, 502 Colorado Ave., for an art exhibit by Kalena Castaneda, which will be on display through October.

■ Cooley Designs’ First Alley Access Studio will host “Whimsical Creations” by Daphna Russell during a First Friday reception from 5–8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The studio is located at the back of A Robin’s Nest of Antiques & Treasures, 602 Main St. Call 250-3137 for information.

■ “Illinois Unearthed” is a ceramic exhibit featuring artists associated with Southern Illinois University Carbondale that will be on display through Nov. 17 at the Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave. A reception will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, featuring the CMU Department of Music Jazz Combo, wine from Carlson Vineyards and beer from Kannah Creek Brewing Co. Call 248-1833 for information.

■ The First Friday Art Reception at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St., will go from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Artwork by local artists Mary Kollman and Lynn Pavelka will be on display.

“Both artists draw from nature as the source for their paintings work in oils and mixed media,” a news release said. Call 245-7949 for information.

■ Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St., will host author and artist Virginia Jensen on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6–7, demonstrating her bead work techniques, displaying her jewelry, and signing her books. A reception will be from 6–8 p.m. Friday. Jensen also will be at the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 242-5181 or go to crystalbooksandgifts.com for information.

■ A First Friday Art Reception focusing on local artist Charles Hardy will be from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Omnia Contemporary, 639 Main St. Call 210-0289 for information.

■ The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St., invites the public to check out its new featured artist each month. “Come in for First Fridays or anytime Tuesday through Saturday,” according to therawcanvas.net.

■ Sketches, woodburning pieces and more by veteran artist Terry Cleaveland will be on display through October at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. An opening reception will go from 6–8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Call 462-3126 for information.

■ Fiber and quilt artwork will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Palisade Veteran’s Memorial Park, 120 W. Eighth St., in Palisade. Visitors can browse the fiber art gallery and vendor booths and see demonstrations and animals. Call 464-7458 or go to townofpalisade.org for information.


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