The Western Colorado Center for the Arts (The Art Center) is set to open three stylistically unique exhibits on First Friday.

A reception for these exhibits will be from 7–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

The evening will begin with artist introductions at 6:30 p.m. The following reception will offer hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Here are some details about those three exhibits.

■ "Hidden in Plain Type" is a "type-focused exhibition meant to explore the hidden world of typography on a monolithic scale," and it will have you seeing letters in a whole new light, according to

The exhibition was created by graphic designers Eli Hall, Stephanie Hall, Devan Penniman, Emmi Farris, Candace Marlof, Jake Massey, Jesus Almarez, Suzie Garner and Art Centerstaff.

It will be on display through Aug. 31.

■ "Indigenous Peoples" features works by nationally recognized contemporary artist Paul Pletka that are part of The Art Center's permanent collection.

"Pletka is revered for a neo-surrealist style that is evident in his paintings and lithography," says. "Many of Pletka's works feature Native American figures with exaggerated features and highly detailed pictorial elements."

This exhibit will be on display through Sept. 7.

■ "The Only Way We're Going to Get Through This is Together" is a series of works by Erin Holscher Almazan, an associate professor of printmaking and drawing at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

"Almazan uses a direct process for her prints by applying gestural lines on mylar or copper. She is fond of both the block printing process and painting. Her printed works feature a reduced color palette with elegant feminine subject matters," says.

This exhibit will be on display through Aug. 31.

Go to or call 243-7337 for information about these exhibitions and The Art Center.

Here are details on many of the upcoming art openings and events for First Friday and beyond:

■ "Our Lines Connect," a exhibition featuring the work of ceramic artist Ashtonn Means, will be featured with an opening reception from 7–10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Omnia Contemporary, 639 Main St. Call 314-5705 or go to for information.

■ The annual Erotica Art Show will open at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, 455 Main St.

Adults age 18 and older are invited to the show opening dedicated to all forms of erotica. The reception features wine by Plum Creek Winery and beer by Palisade Brewing Co.

Call 260-9961 or go to for show and gallery information.

■ The Main Street Gallery will host an opening reception for "James Dawson Landscapes and Western Wildlife" from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at 412 Main St.

Dawson spent 36 years with the U.S. Forest Service and has lived in Crawford since 2008. He paints in oil from his Saddle Mountain Studio, a name inspired by the view of Saddle Mountain from his studio window. Call 245-7949 for exhibit and gallery information.

■ "Visions of the Wild," featuring artwork by photographer Gerald Ives and painter Megan Crawford, will be featured at an opening reception from 6–9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Red Lion Arts Gallery & Studios, 546 Main St.

The opening reception for "Visions of the Wild" will offer appetizers by Taproot catering and wine tastings. Ives and Crawford will be at the gallery to meet and discuss their artwork with the public. Call 424-5556 for exhibit and gallery information.

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