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New art gallery opens in Fruita

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -There's a new art gallery in Fruita and its grand opening, featuring the works of four Grand Valley artists, is planned for Friday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.Rye Gallery, 201 E. Aspen (inside the Cavalcade building), will feature the works of local artists Wendy Videlock, Danen Friedly and Vinje in its inaugural exhibit. Additionally, graffiti artist Josh Lownds will perform a live graffiti installment on a wall within the gallery.Videlock's works are done with alcohol inks (ink mixed with alcohol) where the effect is similar to watercolor, but produces colors more vibrant, said gallery co-owner/curator Kyle Harvey.Friedly works with oils on canvas, and paints primarily portraits. Vinje creates collages, three-dimensional and abstract artwork. All items will be for sale."Stop by (Sept. 28), check out some art, and join us for a glass of wine as we toast to the art and cultural scene that is building momentum in Fruita," Harvey said.Fruita resident Harvey, a musician and artist, owns the gallery with his wife, Veronica. The gallery is named after their son Rye, who was named after Rye, Colo.A room in the gallery will be dedicated to live art installations, art talks and classes, Harvey said.And every Monday in October from 10:30-11:30 a.m., "Messy Mondays" -$5 art classes for toddlers accompanied by parents - will be held."My daughter, Paige, 3, will host it with myself," Harvey said.For the older set, there will be an upcoming "paint club," geared toward adults held Tuesday nights, possibly in November. It will be an opportunity to listen to music, and paint alongside other artists, Harvey said.Currently, the gallery is open weekends and some evenings, and by appointment.

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