New painting exhibit opens in Grand Junction, showcases 60 national artists |

New painting exhibit opens in Grand Junction, showcases 60 national artists

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
This painting was created by Matthew Jones Grand Junction.
Courtesy / The Art Center |

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Art Center in Grand Junction will open its Contemporary National Exhibit, called “Arranged Realities,” on Friday, June 5. A public reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., hosting more than 60 painters from across the country. This exhibit is currently installed throughout three of the four galleries at the center.

Gregory Botts, this year’s juror, comes from the background of landscape painting on location. Botts often moves from those initial on-site landscape paintings to making the final bodies of work back in his studio. This New York painter moves from the pictorial of traditional landscape painting into ideas of painting as something beyond representation. He will give a short talk at the First Friday reception at 6:30 p.m. and then a more formal lecture on Saturday, June 6, at 4:30 p.m. Both the Friday and Saturday events are free and open to the public.

The First Friday reception will host classical guitar by Eldreth at 7 p.m. and cowboy poetry at 7:30 p.m. for the “Legacy of the West” exhibit.

“Legacy of the West” is an exhibit featuring Harold Bryant paintings and Navajo rugs, which will open on Friday as well. This exhibit showcases not only The Art Center’s permanent collection of Bryant paintings, but works from other collections. Bryant lived in Appleton, Colo., in the early 1900s and attended the Art Institute of Chicago from 1914 to 1917. He worked as a commercial artist in both Chicago and New York City. He moved back to Colorado in 1938 and owned a cabin in Glade Park, Colo. He is best known as a western painter, depicting the ranch life of cowboys and their livestock, as well as Native American communities. The Art Center will also have Navajo rugs out from the Arch Gould Collection.

The Western Colorado Center for the Arts is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. For more information, call 970-243-7337, ext. 2. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a non-member admission fee of $3. Tuesdays are free. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming workshops, camps and classes, visit

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