FREETIME: First Friday Demo Nite — witness everyday life of GJ arts community |

FREETIME: First Friday Demo Nite — witness everyday life of GJ arts community

Camille Silverman
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Jeff Knez demonstrating clay surface carving.
Submitted photos |


WHAT: First Friday — Demo Nite

WHEN: 7-9 p.m., doors 6:30; Fri., Nov. 1

WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St.

COST: Free, open to the public

INFO: 970-243-7337,

Demo Nite is an annual November First Friday tradition at The Art Center. It is a night where families, couples and the art curious can see artists doing what they do every day — “Make Art.”

On Friday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., artists will be working and talking throughout The Art Center building. It is a great opportunity to get to know the Grand Junction creative community and to be exposed to a wide range of media.

Every Demo Nite, a new crop of artists are invited to work in painting, print, sculpture, clay, installation, new media and much more. Artists will be working both in and outside the building. Visitors can wear a costume, clothes for art-making, or their fanciest suit; the night is whatever one wants to make of it.

Guests to First Friday can also participate in the joy of the process. There will be opportunity to touch, paint and talk about process, product, marketing and most importantly ideas. The artist line-up this year includes: Mary Hertert, fused silk fibers; Jason Lee Bradham, street painting; Gary Clapp, Japanese brushwork; Shari Daily-Miller, iPad sketching; Jessica Scriver, collage; Ann Kurz-Chambers, watercolor; Taylor Bisbee, printmaking; Dr. Mayela Vallejos–Ramirez, Dia de los Muertos installation; Jeff Knez, clay surface carving; figure drawing with A.J. Urbina, Ariel Selcer & David Powell. The live portrait model for the evening will be musician Misty Fitzpatrick. Lee Borden of The Art Center has organized a special performance by “Les Misérables” cast at 7:15 p.m., and the clay department has firings and special events starting at 7:30 p.m. Ceramics department artists will be Robbie Breaux, Gary Andrews, Mark Saro, Matt Jones, Ashtonn Means, Bob Jappe and Terry Shepherd.

There will be a silent auction table dedicated to the Artist Lecture and Workshop Series 2014. Proceeds from the auction will help pay event staffing, as well as artist travel and lecture stipends for both regional and national artists. These presenting artists benefit both children’s and adult programming.

This special evening aims to give the community the opportunity to witness the creative everyday life of a wide range of artists. The wonder of such an evening is the ability to see so many different ages and varied approaches to art which will highlight the growing sophistication that is the western Colorado arts scene.

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