Conversation of art: Center marks six decades with multi-artist exhibit

Art Center Executive director and Curator Camille Silverman demonstrates what one can do with an exhibit called “Sidewalk” by former curator Trina Lindsey. The new show kicks off the 60th birthday of the Art Center.

The Art Center at 1803 N. Seventh St. is celebrating six decades in Grand Junction with the Movers and Shakers 60th Birthday Exhibit and Celebration now through Sept. 30.

Artists selected to show their work at the center for the next three weeks have all worked at or otherwise been connected to The Art Center during its existence. Those are artists are Kay Ambrose, Tricia Berg, Bhreon Bynum, David Cook, Dianna Fritzler, Patricia Feinberg, Kyle Harvey, Jac Kephart, Trina Lindsey, Ashtonn Means, Don Meyers, Cathey Pabst, Cullen Purser, Suzi Rhea, Diana Woods, Terry Shepherd, and Wendy and Todd Videlock. Work from the permanent collection of Art Center pioneers Ruth Moss and Clarence Prinster will be displayed as well.

A group of local artists, business people, art enthusiasts and family members of artists founded The Art Center in 1953 to give local artists a place to work and share their pieces. The center has hosted classes, camps and hundreds of exhibits since that opening date, but Art Center Executive Director and Curator Camille Silverman said the center is still young. Plans for the future include adding wireless Internet to the center’s offerings, growing the center with either an annex or a building expansion, and possibly updating the building’s exterior. Silverman said the center also wants to continue to bring artists from various demographics and regions together with the art-appreciating public.

“It’s important we’re here. We try to build conversations, bring diverse artists together and broaden the conversation,” she said.

The 60th anniversary exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and videos of people reading poetry. The Art Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesdays are free. Admission Wednesday through Saturday is $3 for the public and free for Art Center members and children under age 12.


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