Art Center Members’ Exhibit opens in Grand Junction |

Art Center Members’ Exhibit opens in Grand Junction

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
Work by Kathy Abeiter
Submitted photo |

“Rock, Paper, Scissors, Clay” is the theme of this year’s annual Art Center Members’ Exhibit. A free First Friday opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 6, from 6:30-9 p.m. It will include music by Rosewood and Ivory, appetizers by The Art Center Guild, and a cash bar.

More than 350 works created throughout the Western Slope will be showcased during this month-long exhibit. The painters in particular have been working at a larger scale. Whether in abstraction or representation, there is a need to work a surface like a dance, using the entire body. Many find that working at a size that is in proportion to body size increases the possibility of losing oneself in the vastness of a canvas and better to explore a looser style.

Art Blom is a master at maintaining the landscape, but also letting paint hold its own material qualities. Blom’s surfaces look as juicy as the day he painted them.

This being said, Trina Stancil’s embroidered necklaces are packed with small beaded lines and carefully chosen symbols; her focus is just as immersive in the process as Blom. So delicate is this work that it is hard to predict the hours that went into Stancil’s jewelry making.

Kathrine Arbeiter’s fiber woven baskets are perfectly crafted in simplified patterns as are the works of nationally collected sculptor Lyle Nichols. Pattern, material, and simplification know no specific medium.

Exhibiting artists keep 70 percent of sales and The Art Center staff gets to see what everyone is doing on and off campus. It’s a big win for artists, The Art Center and collectors.

In the “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Clay” exhibit, all members rise together, with children’s work alongside established artists.

Artability painters from Strive additionally did a collaborative project that will be highlighted on the stage of Studio Colorado. This exhibit is on view through Feb. 26 and is sponsored by Art Center neighbor Ron Beckman and board member Kendra McDaniel, along with her husband, Chuck McDaniel.

Art Center hours are 9 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with an admission fee of $3 for non-members. Tuesdays are free thanks to a sponsorship from Home Loan and Allied Insurance. The Art Center is member supported but open to the entire community. It is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. in Grand Junction.

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