First Friday tends to be quite social as people go from gallery to gallery taking in the latest exhibits and meeting artists.

But November's First Friday is shaping up to even more interactive and for different reasons.

Here is some of what you'll find Friday, Nov. 1, as you join the scene:

CLOSE DIALOGUE

It's Demo Night at The Art Center, meaning that as you walk around the building you'll encounter quite a number of artists demonstrating their work.

Demo Night will go from 6:30–9 p.m. Friday at The Art Center, 1803 Seventh St.

Many of the artists will be representing area groups, clubs and guilds as they paint, weave, create sculpture, throw clay, make prints and more.

"It's going to be huge," said Matt Jones, Art Center curator.

The evening will have a celebratory feel as artists interact with the energy of those attending the event, said Terry Shepherd, artist in residence at The Art Center and who likely can be found in the ceramics studio during Demo Night.

Watch, ask questions, try making a bit of art of your own and take in the exhibits on display at the center: "Clay Magic," "Brush & Palette" and "Metalworkers."

For information, go to gjartcenter.org.

VOTEs talk

All hobbits are welcome, and dragons too, for that matter, at the "Winter's Twilight" fantasy art show.

"What is fantasy to you? Show us!" Red Lion Arts Gallery & Studio wrote in its call for art for this show, which will include paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media and ... who knows?

An opening reception for "Winter's Twilight" will be from 6–9 p.m. Friday at Red Lion, located on the lower level of the Mercantile Building, 546 Main St.

But attending this reception entails a little more than chatting with the friends you find there.

You get to vote. From 6–8 p.m. you can vote for the piece you consider to be the show's best.

At 8:30 p.m. awards will be announced, with a $300 cash prize for the Peoples Choice Award winner. The first runner up will receive $200, and third place, $100.

For information about this show, look for Red Lion on Facebook.

DEEP CONVERSATION

If you tend to be the more cerebral type, then there are two shows you shouldn't miss.

The first is "Still Lives: Eric Elliott and Forrest Zerbe" with an opening reception from 5–8 p.m. Friday at 437CO Art Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave.

Elliott is an assistant professor of painting and Zerbe is an instructor of photography at Colorado Mesa University.

As the exhibition's title implies, there likely will be a calm, but thoughtful interaction between Elliott's paintings and Zerbe's prints.

Elliot paints ordinary objects such as plants, cups and teapots, multiple times, each version changing in structure or style to create a new way of looking at things.

Pair that with botanical prints made by Zerbe "through a process of mordançage, a method for altering and degrading silver gelatin prints to create unusual effects," according to a news release from 437CO. "In his prints, minute details of plant specimens are intertwined with abstract biomorphic patterns created through the mordançage process."

Once you've taken in "Still Lives," skip over to "Intuitive Language" with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday at Omnia Contemporary, 639 Main St.

Showcasing the work of three area artists — Julia March Crocetto, Lily Cain and Matt Jones — "Intuitive Language" considers the internal language each speaks as an artist and how that comes through in their artistic process and work.

Along with prints, ceramics, wood pieces and other artwork from Crocetto, Cain and Jones, items from each artist's studio will be displayed that offer a window to his or her process and language.

For information about this show, look for Omnia Contemporary on Facebook.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

November's First Friday will have a more serious tone at Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, 455 Main St.

It will host a Suicide and Depression Awareness Show with an opening reception from 7–10 p.m. Friday.

The show is a benefit for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and will feature speakers from the group at 8 p.m. as well as a silent auction with art donated by Uncanny Valley artists and many local businesses.

"The stigma of mental illness can often make people feel like they need to keep up a constant mask, and not share if they are having a difficult time … Sometimes we need someone to remind us that it's OK … not to be OK all of the time," the gallery said about the show on its Facebook page, where you can find information related to this show.

WILDLIFE SPEAKS

What does the fox say? We're still not sure (sorry, if you haven't heard the song), but Tom Soucek seems to know the language of wildlife through photography, catching a bird's wing beat or a lion's snarl.

An opening reception for "Wildlife On Film" will be from 5–9 p.m. Friday at The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St.

Soucek, who grew up in the Chicago area, lived in Alaska for about 40 years before moving to the Grand Valley, and "he has traveled around the world to more than 20 countries to view the animal kingdom," according to a news release from the gallery.

For information about this exhibit, check The Main Street Gallery's Facebook page or call the gallery at 245-7949.

SPEAKING OF

And here are a few more art happenings to check out this First Friday and beyond:

■ There will be a reception for the Culture Fest Art Show from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesa County Libraries' Central Library, 433 N. Sixth St. For details, see page 5.

■ Red Hawk Pottery will have an open studio and art show from 5–9 p.m. Friday with a large selection of handmade pottery. Red Hawk is at 904 Santa Clara Ave.

■ The Five Photo/Abstract Exhibition will open with a reception from 3–7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Craig Gallery, 128 E. Third St., in Palisade. Look for Craig Gallery Palisade on Facebook for information.

■ A November Art opening reception will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Veterans Art Center, 307 12th St. For information, call 462-3126.

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