Contemporary Exhibit opens on June 7 at The Art Center
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Friday, June 7, is opening night for the 15th annual Contemporary Exhibit at The Art Center and an unusual exhibit from installation clay artist Ralph Scala.
This year, The Art Center has asked Denver artist Joelynn Duesberry to jury the National Juried and Invited Contemporary Annual Exhibit. She has selected 63 artists to display in three galleries of The Art Center. Duesberry will be giving out awards to selected artists Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and the reception will start at 7. Duesberry has exhibited her works here in Masterpieces of Colorado Exhibit in 2007 and had a 20-year survey of her work at the Denver Art Museum in 1992.
The second exhibit opening is by Colorado artist Ralph Scala. “Everything was Ready. Everything was Devoured” is an installation of clay works, wooden boats and a painting that is thematic in nature and flow. Scala is currently the ceramics studio manager at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass. He received a B.A. in painting and sculpture from Evergreen College in 1995. Scala has served as the studio director at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago from 1995-2000 and at Santa Fe Clay from 2000-2005.
Besides the artwork, there will be introductions of both artists and corporate sponsor Wells Fargo Bank. There will be a community paint in the sculpture garden for all levels to participate and live music by Robbie Breaux.
The Scala exhibit will be up through June 21 and the Contemporary Exhibit will be up through June 25. The range of work is really exciting, especially with the Summer Art Camps for teens and children going on at the same time. Youth, parents and grandparents have a variety of works to look at from clay, painting, printmaking, drawing, metal works and collage. Many of the ideas that are being talked about in the classrooms are on display right now in these June exhibits. When the exhibits change in July, the “campers” will see a whole new body of work. The Art Center is always active between classrooms and exhibits schedules.
The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays are free; all other days, admission is $3.
This year’s theme is “Marble Mash” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built from marble mined in the nearby Crystal River Valley town of Marble. Among the day’s events is a statue contest.
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