Dog days of summer in C’dale |

Dog days of summer in C’dale

CARBONDALE – Artistic dog lovers, and hopefully a few dogs, will get their day when Carbondale goes to the dogs for today’s First Fridays and walk.This month’s First Fridays art gallery walk features a juried exhibit of local artists and their dog art at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Gallery. The exhibit includes photographs, paintings, pottery and sculpture, all with a dog theme. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. today.”Our youngest entry is 9-year-old Jesse Worley, with a beautifully composed photograph of her dog,” CCAH Director Ro Mead said. “The work covers the gamut of artistic expression.”The juried exhibit is part of a larger project, which is the brainchild of part-time local and avid dog lover Kathleen Ewing of the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, D.C.In addition to the CCAH exhibit will be an exhibit called “A Survey of the Dog in Photography: 19th, early and mid 20th Century & Contemporary Photographs,” at Frank and Sally Norwood’s Main Street Gallery.

There will be a First Fridays reception there as well, and across the street on the vacant lot at the corner of Fourth and Main will be a pet adoption, sponsored by Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE).Proceeds from these exhibitions benefit CARE. With a shelter built in 2000, CARE provides adoptions for thousands of abandoned animals annually.A member of the Washington Animal Rescue League Board of Directors, Ewing has been organizing art benefits for animal rescue causes for several years.Her Washington gallery serves as a satellite adoption location for WARL on Saturdays.”My brother, Wayne Ewing, is a longtime resident of the valley, and as I got more involved in Carbondale I thought it would be nice to do a similar benefit for CARE,” Ewing said during a recent phone interview from Washington.Ewing also has a private gallery in her home near Basalt, which is open by appointment when she is in the Valley.

“It will be a very unique exhibit,” she said of the collection she is brining to the Main Street Gallery. “It’s a real history of dogs and photography. There are a lot of photos from my own personal collection, and some from other noted photographers and artists.”About 60 works are included in the exhibit, including works by August Sanders from the 1920s, Bert Morgan’s photographs of high style kennel clubs in the 1940s, and Grace Robertson’s “Sheep dogs in Wales” series from the 1950s.”The whole motivation is to raise awareness about the needs of these animal shelters, and the importance of adoptions,” Ewing said.Around townOther First Fridays openings and receptions take place at the Carbondale Clay Center, Rainy Day Designs, the GEO Store (see related story, top of page), Swiss Gourmet and, for the first time, the Gordon Cooper Library.The library show will showcase photos from longtime Carbondale resident Susie Strode’s recent travels to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

“I found the people to be lovely,” Strode said. “The scenery was amazing, and the temples and ruins were beyond description. I was inspired to take this journey after hearing so many wonderful stories from people who traveled there when I lived in Hawaii.” There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. today, and the show continues through August.n Carbondale photographer Brent Moss exhibits his prints at Rainy Day Designs, 16 North Fourth St., through August as well, with an artist’s reception from 6-9 p.m. today. Moss is an accomplished architectural photographer. His personal works which include cityscapes, landscapes and details of nature.n The Carbondale Clay Center exhibits the potter of Jan Edwards, a former Carbondale resident who now resides in Portland, Ore., with a First Fridays reception from 6-8 p.m. Edwards’ work will be on display through Aug. 24.n Pastel artist Judy Milne exhibits at Swiss Gourmet.n Acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Iraqi artist Amal Alwan Maseer are on display and for sale at the Green Economy Outfitters (GEO) Store, 559 Main St.

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