Second Friday happenings
6 x 6
At the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ annual 6×6 fundraiser, work by professional artists is sold side by side with dabblers and even toddlers.
That egalitarianism is made possible by the standardized 6 inch square canvas and the across-the-board $20 price.
“It’s a true community exhibit,” said visual arts coordinator Terry Muldoon. “It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s a small commitment for the artist and the buyer.”
The organization’s third 6×6 kicks off promptly at 6 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Arts.
Proceeds go to the center’s children’s scholarship fund, which provides classes to those who can’t otherwise afford it.
This year, over 100 submissions have already been collected, thanks in part to several community painting days and involvement by local schools and institutions.
The pieces themselves are mostly paintings with a healthy sprinkling of mixed media, photography, and even clay.
“We don’t tell people what to do,” Muldoon said. “Whatever comes out is what happens here.”
Participants range from 3 to 88 and come from all walks of life, including several well-known local artists. There’s even an international entry. You won’t know which are which, though, since they’re signed on the back.
“We want you to purchase the piece that you’re drawn to,” Muldoon explained. “When you buy an original piece of art, you’re celebrating creativity. You’re buying the heart, the sweat, the soul of the artist. It’s something only you have.”
Celebrate second Friday and Valentine’s Day with a reception featuring jewelers Carol Myrick and Lindsey Johnson.
Myrick creates her artisan jewelry in her studio in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of New Castle, where nature’s inspiration is everywhere. As far back as she can recollect, Carol has been in love with jewelry, especially handcrafted art jewelry. Many of her works include actual leaves, twigs, pods and her own molds made from whatever catches her eye.
Johnson has been creating her handcrafted artisan jewelry in Rifle since 2000. Her designs reflect a long-standing fascination with silver and the multitude of color combinations and patterns she can create with semi-precious gemstones, beads and sterling silver. Each piece is one of a kind.
Local artists Ryan George, 23 and Peter Nobel, 20, both reflect an abstract style of art based on the graffiti from their hometown of Denver. The pair hope to show that anything can be art if you put some love and dedication into it.
This is the pair’s first show, with more planned for the summer with works ranging from abstract portraits to controlled mandalas.
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