First Friday art events promise to be colorful

The first weekend in October will present a brilliant palette of colors not only in the treetops and mountainsides, but also at local art galleries, art shows and tours.

The First Friday art events offer a full weekend of art happenings to those who venture out, including the fourth annual Exposed Show at The Raw Canvas with works by 20 local artists. “Jeckyll and Hyde” is the theme of the show, and the opening reception will go from 6–10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St.

Everyone who attends is encouraged to dress as their “alter-ego” for a costume ball. Music will be provided by Chris Epic and there will be food from Bin 707 Foodbar, drink samplings from Peach Street Distillers and local retail from Seeds Of Revolution.

Call 985-9649 or go to the for information.

Take in more of the local art scene with these events:
The Grand Junction City Hall Art Reception will be from 5:50–7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St. Scenic Colorado oil on canvas paintings by Katie Hill, a photography exhibit by Linda Love and more will be on display through Dec. 31. Call 254-3866 for information.

The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., will have several First Friday art openings and a reception on Friday, Oct. 4. “Content: Form, Surface, Palette — Kissed by Fire,” featuring works from Mosher Pottery, will be on display through Nov. 7. The Brush and Palette Club’s 66th annual Art Show will be on display through Nov. 9, and “Crocheted, Woven, Formed and Stitched,” fiber works from the Permanent Collection plus 20, will be on display through Nov. 8.

A gallery talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will be followed by a reception from 7–9 p.m. Call 243-7337 or go to for information.

A First Friday art reception, featuring ceramics by Ashtonn Means, will go from 6–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at +1 Gallery, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 215.
The +1 Gallery is continuing its scholarship fundraiser though October to benefit an Art Center scholarship fund for home-school students. Call 216-7338 or go to for information.

The 22nd annual Montrose Visual Arts Guild Exhibition and Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4–5, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Camelot Gardens, 16612 U.S. Highway 550, in Montrose. Call 249-6467 for information.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road, will host an art reception with Mary Noone, from 2–4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Call Barnes & Noble at 243-5113 for information.

An artist reception for the Five Rivers Juried Art Exhibit will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., in Glenwood Springs.
Emphasizing the beauty of the land, culture and community, the exhibit features landscapes, paintings of everyday life, sculptures, photographs and mixed media, and will be on display through Nov. 10. Call 945-2414 or go to for information.

Saturday, Oct. 5, will be the first day of Artspace’s Fall Open Studios Tour. More than 60 fine artists will open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for the tour.

The public is invited to visit artist studios throughout the valley and see demonstrations. Maps of the participating studios can be found at, or call 640-8177 for information.

An art opening reception will be from 3–5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Big Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park north of Moab, Utah. There will be works by Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners, music by guitarist Thomas Klema, poetry readings by Larry Edwards, and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 30. The Dead Horse Point State Park entrance fee is $10. Call 435-259-2614 for information.

“Pathways to Recovery,” an exhibition opening and open house, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St. The exhibit features works submitted by veterans of various experience levels.

There will be demonstration stations from 2–4 p.m. Screenings of the film “The Invisible War” will be at noon and at 3 p.m. and the open house will feature door prizes and community resource tables. The exhibit’s People’s Choice awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Call 462-3126 or go to for information.


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