Variety of art forms to check out at this month’s First Friday openings at 3 venues

This clay piece by Gen Morris will be part of the Junction Clay Arts Guild’s exhibit titled “Fireworks” at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. The exhibit is among several opening at the center on Friday, Sept. 3.

This photo-collage was created by Patrick G. Metoyer and is part of his exhibit “Fire, Air, Earth and Water” that opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St.

September’s First Friday’s openings and receptions offer plenty of variety from pastels to photos to contemporary dance.

Enjoy one or go to them all.

The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., will have an opening reception for four exhibits on Friday, Sept. 3. The exhibits are: “From Taos to Denver and Beyond” with guest curator Michael Hurshman; “The Studio Drawings” with works by Dale Leys; the Mile High International Juried Pastel Exhibit; and “Fireworks: Junction Clay Arts Guild.”

A gallery talk with Sally Strand, a jurist for the Mile High International exhibit, will be at 6:30 p.m. The reception, featuring cash bar, hors d’oeurves and music by Morgann Means, will be from 7–9 p.m.

The exhibits will be on display at the center through Sept. 25.

Call 243-7337 for information.

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will have a reception from 5–7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at 655 Struthers Ave., featuring a contemporary dance performance from the Push/Don’t Pull Dance Theater.

On a related note, the Botanical Gardens celebrate the reopening of the Children’s Castle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. There will be jugglers, a Bump ‘n’ Jump, face painting, a balloon artist, live entertainment, refreshments and more. That event is free.

Call 245-3288 for information.

Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St., will host an exhibit of photo-collages by Patrick G. Metoyer during September.

An opening reception for “Fire, Air, Earth and Water (Neither Inner Nor Outer Space)” will be from 6–9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

Photos taken along the Colorado Riverfront Trail “were the starting point for a series of transformations once I transferred the images to my computer. The immediacy and range of digital colors in my photo-collages are some things I find very satisfying,” Metoyer said in a news release.

The exhibit also will include “Sweet Peaches on the Vine” an exhibit of photo-collages Metoyer produced in collaboration with poet Barbara Meeker.


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