Cooper Corner Gallery gives away ornaments at Second Friday opening |

Cooper Corner Gallery gives away ornaments at Second Friday opening

The 22 artists at Cooper Corner Gallery have created at least three handmade Christmas ornaments each to give away at the gallery's Second Friday opening from 5-8 p.m.
Jessica Cabe / Post Independent |


Who: Cooper Corner Gallery

What: Holiday Open House

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Cooper Corner Gallery

How much: Free

The newest art gallery in Glenwood Springs is getting creative in its efforts to bring people through its doors.

Since opening in September, Cooper Corner Gallery has participated in Glenwood’s Second Friday art openings. This month, the gallery has organized a Holiday Open House featuring about 70 artisan ornaments handmade by the 22 artists in the cooperative gallery.

“The potters thought of giving away wine cups for our grand opening, and people loved that so much that we decided to continue it,” said artist Judy Milne. “A lot of us have done painted ornaments over the years, so it’s not such a stretch for us.”

The artists each utilized their skills and talents to create ornaments that reflect their usual preferred media. Painters painted, photographers incorporated photographs, potters used their clay expertise, etc.

The ornaments will be given away on a first come, first served basis, so Milne encourages interested patrons to arrive early.

Gallery artist Michelle McCurdy said the artists toyed around with the idea of hanging the ornaments on a tree and allowing people to pick them off throughout the evening, but they ultimately decided to make the ornaments special surprises themselves.

“We’re going to have them all wrapped up so people can open them like Christmas presents,” she said.

Light refreshments will also be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the artists. In addition to the ornaments, Milne said many artists will have new work on display and for sale, and there will be a rotation of the work next month, so art lovers should come by to see what the gallery has to offer now.

Overall, Milne said, Cooper Corner Gallery has been welcomed into the community with open arms so far.

“We have been so well-received it’s unbelievable,” she said, adding that as far as she knows there have only been two days with no sales, and those were Sundays when the Broncos were playing.

Whether you’re interested in a handmade ornament or in viewing the artwork on display, Milne said the Second Friday opening will provide a fun evening for all.

“A good time should be had by all for sure,” Milne said. “We’re supposed to get some snow, so hopefully that’ll put people in the mood.”

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