Friends featured in C’dale First Friday art exhibit |

Friends featured in C’dale First Friday art exhibit

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CARBONDALE The July First Friday show at the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities gallery features the work of two artists who are also good friends.Kathy Honea was surrounded by art as a child. Her grandmother was a painter and her mother is a painter and photographer.Color, style, composition and construction have always been part of her life. Her overactive imagination generates lots of offbeat ideas, and the fun is turning these ideas into mixed media pieces.Honea recently has been working in series, including a cityscapes series, topo map series, stellar litter and a religious series called “my god is better than your god.” The series that will be showing at the CCAH gallery is her “millinery series.”

Marina Romanov was born of Russian parents who immigrated to Los Angeles during the Russian revolution, and grew up speaking Russian until she was 6. With help from a few sensitive teachers, she survived the early years in school. At home, living with two artist grandmothers, art was a natural occupation.Her four children are grown, and she is now free to paint and photograph. Painting, drawing and photography are becoming integrated.”A second language emerges, allowing me the joy of inner expression that I can no longer hold at bay,” she said. She loves to make beautiful, not edgy art.Romanov works from her own photographs, some from Maine where she owns a house, and more recently birds from her backyard in Basalt. Watching the birds that she feeds is exciting to her. She gets to know their gestures and communication, she said.For the July show, she is painting on old tin ceiling tiles. She paints in the center and the rest of the tile becomes the frame.An artists’ reception for the show, which runs through July, takes place from 6-8 p.m. today at the CCAH gallery.

Raku specialist Jim Romberg, artist-in-residence at the Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry, is exhibiting 16 pieces at the Clay Center this month. Romberg holds a master’s in fine arts from Claremont Graduate School in California. He was director and author of the International Raku Symposium, “Raku: Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression,” featuring a touring exhibition of 10 international Raku masters. Romberg has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Switzerland, France and Canada. Open house at the GEO Store, featuring newly arrived jewelry designed by hometown girl Julie DeVilbiss. The event includes belly dancing at 7:30 p.m. by the troupe Masrinar. The GEO Store is also launching a collaborative art project called Carbondale 2020, which will entail collecting ideas and inspirations from the Carbondale community to create a pictorial vision of what the town could look like in 14 years. Stop by the store any day from 2-8 p.m. with ideas.

Rainy Day Designs hosts a showing and Friday reception for local ceramic artist Diane Kenney, former director of the Carbondale Clay Center, through July 28. The show will highlight one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted stoneware pieces, and all items are for sale. The exhibit is open for daily viewings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, call 963-9748. Opening reception and exhibit at furniture maker Dave Struempler’s Woodworking Gallery in the new design center in the Carbondale Business Park. Struempler’s open house begins at 4 p.m. today, at 2251 Dolores Way (off Highway 133 at Ajax Bike toward Carbondale Community School). An artisan woodworker, Struempler features sublime furnishings and finely crafted home appointments in wood and leather. Chris Chapman, whose leather-wrapped furniture has earned international acclaim, and Paul Stover, who specializes in wood-turned bowls and vessels, are also featured. Artists’ work can be previewed at and

After the open houses, Steve’s Guitars features live music by Tom Freund. This critically acclaimed singer/songwriter is quite a talent on stand-up bass, guitar and piano. He recently helped his old friend and bandmate, Ben Harper, on his song “Beloved One,” just recorded for his latest double album. Doors open at 8 p.m., music at 8:30. Admission at the door.

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