FREETIME: Meet the ‘Movers & Shakers’ of the Grand Junction art community
Cultural Confidential Contributor
WHAT: First Friday art opening - “Movers and Shakers: 60th Birthday Celebration”
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6
WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St.
COST: Free, open to the public
INFO: 970-243-7337, gjartcenter.org
Past, present and the future merge to make today, Friday, Sept. 6, an opening exhibit to remember.
“Movers & Shakers” is The Art Center’s 60th-year celebration and exhibit. Key supportive community artists and talented Art Center past and present staff have worked to make this exhibit a vivid reminder of how strong this institution has been for many years. Every institutional family has its glory days and “let’s-get-beyond-this-tragedy” somber events. That is what makes this center great. It has not been the same center for 60 years and each year is never a repeat of the last.
Friday, The Art Center’s doors open at 6 p.m. with Ben Pabst on piano starting at 6:15. Introductions and awards by The Art Center, Pastel Society and Watercolor Society start soon after. The reception with music by the Generational Jazz Ensemble and a silent auction all start at 7. This event is free and open to the public.
Trina Lindsey, who was one of the most innovative curators to hit the Western Slope, will be installing a photography project on the floor of Studio Colorado Gallery. Other staff to come back are Dianna Woods, Trisha Berg, Suzi Rhea (through a collector) and Interim Executive Directors Cathey Pabst and Kay Ambrose. Don Meyers was on staff when it was an all-volunteer position and clay artist Terry Shepherd will be representing current staff.
Community-invited artist Pat Feinberg uses much of her ceramics studio time to make works that feed the clay studio scholarship fund. Oil painter David Cook led the Brush & Palette Club as president for many years which helped acquire funding for summer art camps and the current speaker system used by The Art Center. He is also a huge donor to The Fine Art Auction in May. Abstract painter Jac Kephart is our nationally known rock star supporter and past board member. There are no bigger and braver innovators than our founders. We will have two founders’ works up; these founders also passed on their commitment to the arts to their children, nieces and nephews. Ruth Moss and Clarence Prinster will represent our founders in this year’s birthday event.
The one thing The Art Center is committed to doing is visioning, and the next set of new artists have begun to use the center as a partner in their development as well as a place to give back to their community. “Movers and Shakers” represents only a snippet of what really goes on at the corner of Seventh and Orchard by way of talent and support. The “Movers and Shakers” exhibit will be up through Sept. 30.
The Pastel Society of Western Colorado is also opening the night of Sept. 6. They have gone above and beyond by acquiring Lorenzo Chavez as the juror. Lorenzo is a New Mexico pastelist and is highly collected in this area and nationally. He will be presenting the awards at the ninth annual International Mile High Pastel Exhibit and be available to talk to interested viewers on Friday night only. This is an impressive artist for The Art Center to have at its opening along with the other artists from around the world in this international exhibit in pastel.
The Western Colorado Members Exhibit opens with an award ceremony by this year’s judge, Cedaredge artist Virginia Blackstock. This year there will be a miniature category that will highlight works no larger than 25 square inches. So if buyers are looking for a signature large-scale piece of art or an intimate scale for a smaller space, this exhibit is a perfect place to begin that quest. Both the pastel and watercolor exhibit will continue through Sept. 28.
The art of Bonsai will be in the Atrium Gallery between the sculpture and Japanese garden. This is a short exhibit and lasts only a week, opening Sept. 6 and running through Sept. 14. These landscapes in miniature are breathtaking. The variety represented by the Western Colorado Bonsai in the choice of plant, pot and symmetry is never-ending and as expansive as the culture itself.
Camille Silverman is executive director/curator of The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.
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