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A new year at celebrated at The Art Center in Grand Junction

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
The Art Center in Grand Junction will host its Children’s New Year Celebration on Friday, Jan. 2, as a First Friday event.
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An afternoon Children’s New Year Celebration will be held at The Art Center on Friday, Jan. 2, from 2:30-4 p.m. The celebration is open to all children and parents at no charge.

The Children’s New Year is a First Friday dedicated to inspiring and being inspired by Grand Junction kids. Children and parents of all ages will work on fiber arts with Kari Harvey of The Artist’s Haven, watch pottery thrown on the wheel with Matt Jones, and work on a Chinese Dragon with Sundial Hoffman. The Holiday Art Camp instructors will also host collaborative painting and lego projects going on in the center’s classrooms. Mike Allen, owner of Toys for the Fun of It, will be running the complementary root beer and orangesicle float bar along with Carolee Hawkins from Alpine Bank at 3:30 p.m.

The afternoon First Friday replaces the regular Art Center evening First Friday reception. The Children’s New Year runs in conjunction with Holiday Art Camp and serves as a wrap-up party for the camp artists.

“We encourage all kids to drink in moderation, it seems like every year there is a root beer float brain freeze and those can be pretty painful,” said The Art Center’s children’s programmer Rachel Egelston.

The party will end at 4 p.m. with plenty of time for kids to make it home for dinner.

The Art Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday. It is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction. Tuesday are always free through funding by Home Loan and Allied Insurance. There is a $3 admission fee for non-members Wednesdays through Saturday to see four galleries of exhibits.

For more information or to see a full listings of classes, camps and exhibits, visit http://www.gjartcenter.org or call the front desk of The Art Center at 970-243-7337, ext. 2.

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