Cooper Corner Gallery
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What: Cooper Corner Gallery grand opening
When: 5-8 p.m. on Friday
Where: Cooper Corner Gallery, 315 Eight St., Glenwood Springs
How much: Free
COOPER CORNER GALLERY ARTISTS
Hiram & Ann Richardson
The walls of Gallery 809 — which were once filled with original paintings, handmade jewelry and more — are now bare. But it took no time at all for a new gallery to fill the art void that 809 left behind when the artist collective dissolved.
Cooper Corner Gallery, located at 315 Eighth St. in Glenwood, opened its doors quietly on Sept. 1. A grand opening reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres by ZG Catering, libations and handmade ceramic wine cups for patrons to take home at the end of the night.
Many of the artists from Gallery 809 have moved to Cooper Corner Gallery, including painter Portia Griefenberg.
“It looks like a great location to me, so that’s why I came here,” she said. “I wanted to continue to be part of an art community.”
Cooper Corner Gallery is right by High Country Gems & Minerals and Fine Things Jewelry & Collectibles, creating a great little stretch of art and gifts that Griefenberg thinks visitors and locals alike will frequent. Also, the new gallery is at ground level. Griefenberg said the artists struggled at Gallery 809 to get people through the door, which was down half a flight of stairs.
“I like the windows, and I like that it’s street-level,” Griefenberg said of Cooper Corner Gallery. “I think the lighting is good. I like it very much here.”
The Cooper Corner Gallery space used to be a beauty shop, but it’s perfect as a gallery, Griefenberg said. The artists worked for about a month to get the space artwork-ready, building wing walls for the paintings, painting the walls and building the stands in the middle of the gallery that hold pottery and other 3-dimensional art.
“We’ve got some great people to work with,” Griefenberg said. “Everybody pitched in and did what they felt they could, and it came together.”
There are still many details to figure out, like just how much of Gallery 809’s operations will transfer to Cooper Corner Gallery. It’s unclear whether the new space will host guest artist receptions every second Friday, but it’s just a matter of sitting down together and figuring everything out, Griefenberg said.
For now, the artist collective is excited to host the grand opening and introduce the public to their new space. Potter Michelle McCurdy is especially excited to give away handmade ceramic wine cups, which she made along with the other potters in the collective, Rebecca Corona, Judy Burke and Annie Brooks.
“It’s just a little something to remember us by,” McCurdy said.
Griefenberg just wants the opening to serve as a welcome party for the community.
“We just hope that our locals will find us and come in to see all the variety of art and gifts that we have,” she said.
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