Cultural Confidential: A community comes together through art |

Cultural Confidential: A community comes together through art

Camille Silverman
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Heidi Ihrke's photograph, titled "Steel Bridge, Downtown Denver," will be on display at The Art Center's members show this month.
Submitted photo |

The Members Show, the largest Art Center exhibit of the year, will open Friday, Feb. 7. The free reception will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with Grand Junction’s First Friday Art Walk, and the show will remain on display through Feb. 28.

A new record is set with more than 350 works of art occupying all four galleries of The Art Center for this expansive show. All these works will be perfectly placed, spaced and prepped for the First Friday celebration.

A growing membership means added participation in exhibits, and the Grand Valley community is without borders when it comes to the arts. There have been works coming in from all over the Western Slope and even from as far away as Alaska.

Each year the members exhibit marks yet another season of excellence in visual arts programming, and it celebrates the artists who contribute.

High profile artists like Maxine Buchholtz, George Callison, Susan Delgavis, Gayle Gerson, Vera Mulder, Ashtonn Means, Cathey Pabst, Charles Hardy, Julie Glassman, Greg Vigil and Thad Tuin have works in the show, as well as work by up and coming artist Sunshine Campbell. Eleven-year-old Sunshine has two stunning paintings gracing the grand piano in the Atrium Gallery. High Noon Solar owner Heidi Ihrke also entered a photography piece this year.

Participation in The Members Show is still available through “Birds of a Feather,” a community installation project that will be available on the night of the reception. Everyone is invited to contribute in its creation, and all materials will be provided.


Membership to The Art Center in Grand Junction is not tethered to artistic talent. It is about being a supportive and energized participant to your neighbors and friends.

Members can choose to collect, create, and appreciate the power of good energy through the arts. Throughout history, it is generally all we have left to look back on, our history through arts and culture.

Regular gallery hours are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information on Art Center programs, call 970-250-1238, visit, or visit in person at 1803 N. 7th St.

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