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January 23, 2013
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+1 Gallery hosting show to benefit Ariel Clinical Services

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - An unusually cold winter could be just the thing to spur visitors to a relatively new gallery's First Friday (Feb. 1) event in February. +1 Gallery, located upstairs in the Alpine Bank Building, 225 N. Fifth St., suite 215, is hosting a reception and preview of crocheted and knitted garments - for sale by silent auction the following Second Saturday (Feb. 9), from 2-4 p.m. Ninety percent of sale proceeds will go to Ariel Clinical Services, a nonprofit child placement and adult service agency.Kristian and Ann Hartter opened the gallery officially in November, as a venue to show Kristian's blacksmithing work, as well as the work of a particular artist each month - thus, the name +1 Gallery.Ann is a member of Weekly Fiber, a group of fiber artists who wanted to create items to benefit Ariel Clinical Services. For sale at the silent auction will be hats, scarves, mittens and cowls, as well as stuffed owls as "incarnations of the popular television figure Doctor Who."The Saturday fashion show of the wearable items will take place in the mezzanine area outside of the gallery.On First Friday, people will be able to bid on the fiber works, with bidding closing on the following Saturday. Local singer-songwriter Will Whalen will perform music at the First Friday event, from 6-9 p.m. Hartter, 38, said his intention with the gallery is to showcase mostly new artists, as well as provide a venue for his own work. Hartter is a member of the Grand Valley Blacksmith Guild. He specializes in "artistic expression for necessary things," he said. Items, such as pot racks, display hooks, fire tongs and stools for display tables are examples of what he makes.The gallery is open for First Fridays, and by appointment by calling 970-216-7338.

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