"To Rise, Make, and to Vision," the theme of The Art Center's annual Members Exhibit, explores the works of over 200 artists from all over the Western Slope. These artists all have the common bond of belonging to a community of Art Center creatives.Just five years ago, the annual Members Exhibit housed the show in just one gallery. Today, the exhibit takes over all four galleries of the building. The exhibit runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 23, but the opening is the biggest celebration of the year. There will be two musicians performing through the evening: In Studio Colorado, Kyle Harvey will be playing guitar and in the Atrium gallery, artist Robbie Breaux will be on piano.What makes this evening even more important for this community and region is that it the Center is now 60 years young. Members will be participating in an origami crane installation. Everyone can fill out a birthday wish for their center and have it displayed on a paper crane through the month of February. Selected participating artists will have wall mounts with what they envision and wish for in their community art center.Reunions will also be a big part of the event. Bartenders for the evening will be the dynamic trio of former Executive Director Dave Davis, former Director of Education, Exhibitions, and Public Relations Diana Woods, and former volunteer staffer Don Meyer.For those who may wonder what the fuss is over making art and having it as a core part of a community experience, Art Center member Roger McCoy has this little story."Raymond Nasher, a wealthy businessman and collector of art, told a story once about a homeless man and a wealthy banker. The story tells us that the banker on his way to work every day would give money to this one particular homeless person and this went on for many months. After a while the banker became curious about what he was doing with the money he was receiving, so one morning he decided to spy on the man to see what he would do with the money. "He watched the man buy some bread and cheese at a shop near a park and then buy a small bunch of flowers. He then headed for a large tree in the park to eat his lunch. The businessman approached the man and asked him why did he buy the flowers, because he could have used that money to buy more food, or save it for another day. The homeless man replied that the food sustained him but it was the flowers that made it all worthwhile. This is what art and beauty is all about."
Grand Junction's largest community art exhibit opens at The Art Center
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