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Grand Junction’s Art Center shifts its curatorial voices in October

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
Martha Russo installs her work.
Submitted photo |

The Art Center’s First Friday — on Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. — introduces “Structure, Object, Subject,” a curated sculpture exhibit by ceramic artist, printmaker and gallery owner Sam Harvey.

A participating Colorado installation artist, Martha Russo, has been reviewed by Donald Kuspit at Artnet, exhibited at Denver Art Museum, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. New York painter and sculpture JJ Peet has also been reviewed in Art Forum Magazine and has exhibited internationally.

Bringing these artists together is the result of Harvey, who is the co-owner of Harvey Meadows Gallery in downtown Aspen. This gallery focuses on clay and paper works, which represents artists from Colorado, as well as other top national artists. The event will include music by classical guitarist Eldreth and is free to attend. Sponsorship is provided by Hightower Suites and Dr. Steve Jones.



Periodically, changing curators is helpful in understanding how different creative people approach building exhibits, starting with the selection of participants to the final design of the exhibit space. In fact, it’s almost more informative to come to The Art Center (803 N. Seventh St., Grand Junction) when the exhibit is in its installation stage; this gives visitors the opportunity to see the visioning process, and often times one can talk to installers, artists and curators. No two curators do anything alike and all have vastly different backgrounds in education through theater, film, technology, media preoccupation, and art history.

Other exhibits opening on Oct. 3 include Mud & Fire, an annual exhibit of Junction Clay Arts Guild. These ceramic artists come from all over the Western Slope and will have pottery as well as sculptural works in the exhibition space. Brush and Palette paintings will be in the largest of three galleries; this group was instrumental in the founding of The Art Center and has invited the famous local Abstract Expressionist, Jac Kephart, as its juror. All exhibits are up until Nov. 15.



On Tuesday, Oct. 7, there will be a visiting artist lecture on photography by Virginia Morrison from Clevland at 6 p.m. Directly after that lecture there will be a welcoming of the new curator to The Art Center. No name has been released, so this is a great opportunity for the community to be the first to meet this wonderful new addition to the local and regional arts scene.

The Art Center is member supported, but is here for the enjoyment of the entire community. All lectures and First Friday events are free and open to the public. The Art Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays are free through funding from Home Loan and Allied Insurance. All others days cost $3 for admission. The Art Center is located at 1803 N. Seventh St., in Grand Junction, and can be reached at 970-243-7337, ext. 2.

For more information on lectures, exhibits and classes, visit http://www.gjartcenter.org.


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