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September 27, 2012
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New Artspace exhibit 'Place Making' opens First Friday

About seven years ago, Artspace started a special relationship with area artists to develop an arts incubator with specific education programs which made it a hub for exhibiting, mentoring and teaching about the business of art. The exhibit, "Place Making," is the latest Artspace exhibit featuring contemporary artists Travis Jardon, Barbara Churchley, Tracy Munson, Dale Russell Smith and Michelle Pattee. Hand-crafted gold and silver jewelry by Kathy Stewart adds to this special exhibit. A gallery opening and reception is set for 6-8 p.m. First Friday, Oct. 5, at the Artspace Gallery located inside the office of, 441 Main St. If you can't make it, view the art anytime Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Founded in 2006 by Linda Brotman-Evans, Artspace views western Colorado influences as an important focus of its exhibit activities. Shows, outside traditional gallery walls in alternate spaces, include the showroom of GJ Subaru, United Way of Mesa County offices, Chez Lena restaurant, and others. These sites are all places where the public can view new artwork of artist members who live on the West Slope from Glenwood Springs to Durango. "Place Making" is a survey of art from moody-painted landscapes by Jardon, Churchley and Smith to bronze sculptures of people and animals by Munson, and delicate miniatures of exotic and endangered species by Pattee. Longtime friends Munson, Smith, Churchley and Jardon take familiar places in our area such as Hotchkiss, the Grand Mesa, Mt. Garfield and Paonia and make original interpretations of them in harmonized color tones. "Each artist in this exhibit has their own way of expressing what they see in unique and modernist modes," said Brotman-Evans, "allowing the viewer to appreciate the world around us in artwork not available in other galleries."

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