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First Fridays highlights nature’s beauty and the miniature world

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
"Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Sandie Gardner is on display for the Carbondale Clay Center exhibit "Small and Exquisitie: Clay for a Miniature World" running through July. (Trina Ortega photo)
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CARBONDALE – The monthly First Fridays art walk takes place today, with a range of artwork that can be viewed at galleries, businesses, and other venues near and along Main Street.

Their paintings may look dramatically different in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities show “Beauty is a Joy Forever,” but both Tish McFee and Dave Notor want the viewer to travel into their artwork in search of where the light may lead.McFee’s works are close-in oils of flowers, leaves and trees – realism but with a hint of the surreal.Notor’s pieces are pastel landscapes – also realism but with a touch of impressionism. McFee, a teacher at Basalt High School and Colorado Mountain College, also works in pastels and often creates landscapes but wanted something to complement Notor’s work. She looked no further than her own garden blooming with irises, lilies and columbine.

Notor, a fellow CMC faculty member, also incorporates real and imagined “pathways” into his pastel landscapes. He draws from his surroundings in the Roaring Fork Valley – sometimes sketching and painting plein air, sometimes creating in his studio at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. Also on display for the CCAH exhibit will be clay works by Carbondale sculptor Kim Defries. An opening artists’ reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. today at the CCAH Gallery, 645 Main St. The exhibit runs through July.



Carbondale clay artist Sandie Gardner’s piece is shaped from an antique ice cream cup and Jello mold. But those kitchen gadgets cannot be seen in her small ceramics piece, “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” They were the tiny forms used in the process of slipcasting, which she used to create the hollow rattle that has little clay pieces jingling inside.Gardner’s piece is among the 30 or so works in the Carbondale Clay Center’s exhibit “Small and Exquisite: Clay for a Miniature World” that runs through July 31, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. today. The juried show features 23 artists from across the United States with works limited in size to 5-by-5-by-5 inches.The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through the summer. For more information, call 963-CLAY.


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