Free-wheeling show will drive viewers wild |

Free-wheeling show will drive viewers wild

Artists have turned their creative imaginations to a revolutionary idea. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is now showing “Wheels,” artists’ interpretations of the oldest automotive device.

The results are both playful and thought-provoking.

About 20 artists with 40 pieces have created works including nostalgic farm implements of the past, old trucks put out to pasture and modern functional wheels.

The show is up now and runs through June 29. There will be an opening reception will at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the center.

And for those wanting to create a rolling art work, the center is hosting a car painting party at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, just in time for the Strawberry Days Parade the next morning.

Dominating the “Wheels” show are photographic works by Marti Garfinkel and Jim Nelson.

Garfinkel recently opened the Roadside Gallery on Carbondale’s Main Street, which presents his photographs of biker babes and boys, old motels and the scattered detritus of the past, gathered from his motorcycle forays along two-lane blacktop roads across America.

Of his travels, Garfinkel said he “found a world like no other and felt compelled to rescue on film this innocent, slow paced, vanishing America.”

Garfinkel develops his negatives on canvas using the giclee method that gives them the soft quality of an oil painting.

Nelson is also a prolific photographer. His images in the show reach back to the past with pictures of rusting farm tools and old trucks turned out to pasture. He also brings the viewer back to the present with an image of the newly opened Iron Mountain Tramway bull wheel, which turns the cables that bring visitors in gondolas up to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

His well-honed sense of humor shows in his photograph of clay-covered hands coaxing a ceramic pot into shape on a potter’s wheel.

Nelson’s “take” on his own work is very funny. In the biography he spun for the show, he tells of being struck blind during his childhood in Nebraska by a side-by-side Kelvinator refrigerator. His sight was miraculously restored several years later, he wrote, by a seeing eye dog.

Now that he is back in the world of the sighted, his work is focused on “objects apparently chosen due to the bidding of voices heard only by him.”

Linda Drake, who inspired the idea for the show with her splendid “art car” painted in whimsical designs that she drives all over the valley, has a piece called “Wheelin’,” a wire sports car wheel sporting a set of white wings crafted from Venetian blinds.

William Handville has a series of tables incorporating metal wheels and car parts collected from junkyards.

The show also includes watercolors by Berard Hofman, Tom Torge and Jane Seglem. Frank Norwood, owner of the Main Street Gallery and Framer in Glenwood Springs, is showing four etchings, delicately crafted works of dirigibles and old fashioned big wheel bicycles.

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