First Friday at The Art Center in Grand Junction |

First Friday at The Art Center in Grand Junction

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
Natasha Seedorf of Carbondale teaches at Colorado Mountain College and will display some of her work starting Friday, Aug. 1, at The Art Center (1803 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction).
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Two shows — “Return of The Metal Workers” and “Ink and Structure in Painting” — will open at Grand Junction’s Art Center on Friday, Aug. 1. Both shows will highlight artists who work on an ambitious scale. Admission is free with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Much of the work investigates art-making by concentrating on basic elements of line, shape, color, material and form. It is through these formal qualities called visual language that the literal can give way to more open ended abstraction.

The first metalworkers exhibit at The Art Center was five years ago and brought in a whole new audience as well as a whole new crop of exhibiting artists. It is also a great opportunity to show off some of The Art Center’s permanent collection of enameling works by late Grand Junction artist Margaret Kunz. The work not only shows off her craftsmanship as a jeweler, but also her ability to draw and work at a very intricate size.

In contrast to this are the large-scale sculptures of Kevin Vanek of Montrose and Lyle Nichols of Palisade. The new Colorado Mesa University professor Araan Schmidt will also be exhibiting his work along with Colorado Mountain College instructor Natasha Seedorf from Carbondale.

This is a local and regional overview of the great metalworkers of the Western Slope. Other artists represented are Mike Allen, Curley Dunnagan, John Harris, Luis Lopez, Linda McBride, Damian Radice, Mark Saro, Jeff Smith, Thad Tuin and Charles Wilson. This exhibit only comes around every five years, so it is not to be missed.

“Ink and Structure” has its official opening Friday and highlights the work of Andrew Roberts-Gray’s seemingly abstract paintings. On closer inspection there is a pre-occupation with our landscape and the love of sketching that constantly moves through this dynamic body of work. Roberts-Gray is a master at color theory and the palettes adjust and move from piece to piece, ever changing but holding together for a very impacting presentation. Roberts-Gray received his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has exhibited nationally; he also worked as an installer of exhibits at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Roberts-Gray will give a free lecture at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at The Art Center.

For more information, visit The Art Center’s website at or call 970-243-7337, ext. 2. The Art Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Tuesdays and Fridays’ opening receptions are always free; admission to exhibits is $3 for non-members. The center is located at 1803 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction.

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