In celebration of October National Arts and Humanities Month, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture will host an opening reception for the new art exhibit by local artists 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at GJ City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St.The new artwork will be on display through the beginning of January; many of the pieces are for sale by contacting the individual artists. The Commission organizes the quarterly rotating exhibits of original work by local artists to showcase the interesting and exceptional artwork being created by Grand Valley residents. City Hall is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Artists exhibiting their works include painter Nancy Lewis and photographer Dan Durrant in the main lobby and first floor hallways. Near the auditorium and on the second floor Community Art Wall, Grand Junction city employees will feature their talents. Festivities include readings of original creative essays by school-age children from 4th -11th grades reflecting the topic, "What Art Means To Me" at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the opening reception and presentations of artistic expressions. For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 254-3876.
The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., is opening four new exhibits with a free, open gallery reception 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.The Art Blom Exhibit runs through Nov. 10 and features this Colorado's artist's oil paintings.The Junction Clay Arts Guild presents its 10th annual exhibition titled "Fired Up!" at The Art Center.The 65th annual Brush and Palette Club Members' Art Exhibit also opens Friday. The exhibit will showcase two-dimensional works from B&P members of all abilities. This is a juried show and the categories are professional, advanced and amateur with ribbons and awards in each class.Finally, for a short time only through Oct. 12, come check out the 17th annual Bonsai Exhibit, featuring a selection of cultivated trees in the Japanese garden. Bonsai is an ancient art introduced to the West at the Universal Exhibitions in Paris in the late 1800s. After World War II, many Japanese immigrated to the U.S. and brought with them cultural traditions, including bonsai. Guardians of these trees work faithfully to maintain optimum health and to create the most esthetically pleasing view. These trees are trimmed regularly and sometimes wired to create the best branch placement; the motive is to create the illusion of age which is revered in bonsai culture. Many bonsai can live hundreds of years and with that comes great responsibility as they are often handed down in families.