First Fridays leads into C’dale’s weekend festivities
CARBONDALE – The streets, art galleries and shops of downtown will be stirring with people as Carbondale’s monthly First Fridays gallery walk serves as an artistic lead-in to the Potato Day weekend.In addition to the “Strike the Hammer” opening reception and exhibit at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery from 6-8 p.m., openings are planned at the Carbondale Clay Center, Rainy Day Designs and the Alpine Bank Gallery in the Thunder River Theater. Staff from KDNK will also take part in the First Friday festivities, hosting a barbecue at the Arts Council to mark the end of their week-long membership drive. Also on tap: • The Carbondale Clay Center Gallery, 135 Main St., hosts an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. today for Deborah Schwartzkopf, who will exhibit her new work. Schwartzkopf, of Lemon Grove, Calif., was the Lilian Fellowship recipient at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont., for 2005-06. The exhibit continues through October. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by appointment.• Rainy Day Designs Studio, 16 N. Fourth St., features paintings and drawings by artist Stanley Bell this month. An opening reception takes place from 6-9 p.m. today. In “Cycle,” Bell explores the themes of life cycles as depicted in his unique “landscrapes.” Bell’s work has been exhibited in the Dallas Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum. He is previous National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award winner in the Visual Arts. After today, viewings are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 963-9748.• “New Stuff” by Glenwood Springs artist Mary Noone is displayed in the Alpine Bank Gallery at the Thunder River Theater on the Town Center Promenade.• • •In addition to the visual arts, the performing arts will be alive in Carbondale, with the Thunder River Theatre Company play, “The Complete History of America, Abridged,” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. The comedy, directed by guest director Sue Furze Lavin, continues Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 20-21, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 15. For information about single tickets or season tickets, call 963-8200 or visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.Steve’s Guitars also helps warm up Carbondale’s Potato Day celebration Saturday with “The Beats … together again,” featuring beat poetry by the Hudson Reed Ensemble. These local performers will channel the beat poets of the 1950s, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Dianedi Prima, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.After the poetry, Steve and Marie Margaret invite folks to stick around to help celebrate Shannon Standiford’s Sweet 16 birthday.”We expect her to play bass and sax along with her many musical friends,” Standiford said.
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