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December 6, 2012
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A study in portraiture with the First Friday Art Walk

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Faces and figures are the concurrent theme running through all three new exhibits opening at The Art Center.Terry Shepherd, The Art Center's artist-in-residence, collaborated with invited Denver artist, Randy Fee, to make four clay works that contain portraits of legends. Fee's other works are represented by drawings of all his many heroes from Marc Chagall to John Lennon and Bob Marley. Fee is showing as the invited artist and collaborator in Terry Shepherd's Annual Clay Exhibit. "Images of Tibet" showcases the work of Connecticut artist Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang. Zhang has journeyed many times throughout this unique and isolated region to more fully understand and appreciate its ancient culture and social customs. Conversing with Tibetan men, women, and children on the streets and in their homes, observing them in their daily activities and religious worship, attending their festivities, he became captivated with the lifestyle of this region. Zhang will be giving a talk on his process and subject matter 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Collector Michael Hurshman will be giving a brief introduction to Zhang's work. This lecture is also free and open to the public. "The Outsiders Exhibit: It's About People" has many examples of portraiture and figurative works. Wilda Fortune, Sheri Balke, Mary Moss, Gailen Schmidt and Mary Ellen Andrews have even come up with an interactive wall of faces so that the whole community can get involved through drawing.All the exhibits are layered and integrate ideas of landscape, pop culture, gesture, culture, leisure, spirituality and labor. The media range alone throughout the exhibit is staggering with representations of clay, pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography. All three exhibits will be up through January 2013. The Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday admission is always free through a sponsorship with Home Loan and Allied Insurance.


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