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November 5, 2009
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See how local artists do it at First Friday Demo Nite

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Gallery-goers can view 11 different artists at work tonight at the annual Demo Nite at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. Portrait and figurative drawer Michael Mitchell does life drawings of models - either nude or clothed (called costumed). He'll be drawing a "costumed" model at tonight's demonstration.Mitchell has done portrait demonstrations before for other groups. "I enjoy it. It's kind of exciting," Mitchell said. "Like a concert pianist, it's a performance."Mitchell will draw for about 20 minutes, and then he and the model will take a break for five or 10 minutes. "A model just can't sit there much longer than 20 minutes without moving," Mitchell said. "And from the artist's point of view, it's hard to maintain that level of focus. You need to walk away and take a break."His intention is to finish the charcoal portrait that night. Fabric artist Tamra Hollis will also be there demonstrating her art.Using cotton quilting materials, Hollis will go through the process of creating an abstract fabric piece, showing how she chooses and lays fabric pieces together.Some of her finished quilt and fabric collages will be on display as well. Art Center artist-in-residence Terry Shepherd will demonstrate raku firing in the ceramics studio - a popular event at each year's Demo Nite.Artist introductions take place at 6:30 p.m. The artists will work from 7-9 p.m.Continuing exhibits at The Art Center include "From the Permanent Collection: Harold Bryant" sponsored by Chuck and Patti Shear, Tim Wedel: Friends and Family (ceramics exhibit) the 62nd annual Brush and Palette Members Show, and Sun Worshippers and Junkyard dogs sponsored by Chuck and Robbie Breaux, High Noon Solar and Safari Ltd.To see a round-up of all of Friday's First Friday art opening receptions around time visit Sharon Sullivan at

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