FREETIME: First Friday marks the return of Air Works Studio to The Art Center
Cultural Confidential Contributor
WHAT: First Friday “House Works” opening exhibit
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 6
WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St.
COST: Free, open to the public
INFO: 970-243-7337, ext. 2 or gjartcenter.org
Boulder artists Melanie Walker and George Peters from Air Works Studio are returning to The Art Center with yet another breathtaking project in the large Studio Colorado Gallery. You may remember in 2009, Air Works installed hundreds of kites, and the vaulted Art Center space turned into a wonderland of forms and color.
On Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. “House Works” opens another fantastical visual production by Walker and Peters. The First Friday evening event will start with a talk on the idea and building of House Works, and at 6:30 there will be artist introductions and an informal reception.
Peters and Walker talk about the House Works project as being rich in subject, finding it both personal and universal to us all. House Works is a collection of photos, sculptures and installations exploring the varied themes of the house and the home.
“The house is a nest, a place of retreat, a collection of life memories, and a shelter from storms. Sometimes, it is a prison made to escape from, a place to return to. It is our societal glue, placing ourselves into a community of other houses in suburbs, cities and village communities. Our house mortgages hold us there. Our families grow up there,” Walker said.
Two other exhibits will be opening as well – works by Art Center clay artist-in-residence Terry Shepherd and Colorado Mesa University painting professor Heather Patterson will be exhibiting works in two galleries. The third exhibit is the portrait and landscape journey of Karen Kreyeski.
Shepherd has been developing and teaching The Art Center’s ceramics curriculum since 1984 and on staff as a ceramics resident artist since 1993. Shepherd invites a new artist to exhibit with him every year. This year it is abstract painter Patterson, who’s work intuitively gathers imagery from both the natural and built environments.
Finally, “Rainbow Journey” chronicles Kreyeski’s ideas of the many myths that associate the rainbow with dream time when earth and heaven were in easy communication with one another. Kreyeski visions a time when deities, spirits and mortals could pass back and forth on the rainbow bridge.
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