Art Bar opens in downtown Grand Junction
WHAT: Art Bar Grand Opening
WHERE: 205 Colorado Ave., downtown Grand Junction
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 9, 6-10 p.m.
Grand Junction’s newest downtown business, Art Bar, is set to open Friday, Jan. 9. A kick-off party will be hosted from 6-10 p.m. with live music from Zolopht. Complimentary drinks, appetizers from Cafe Sol, and giveaways are planned.
Art Bar is located at 205 Colorado Ave., near Two Rivers Convention Center. It’s open daily from 1-10 p.m.
Owned and managed by Grand Junction’s Julia Ennis and Pamela Blythe, the working art gallery and studio offers classes, from basic painting instruction to advanced-skills training, along with a wine-and-beer bar, events, and more. Classes and clinics span print-making, nude drawing, advanced workshops, plus acrylic and water-color painting. Proper artistic technique will be taught in each class.
“My passion in life is teaching art,” said Ennis, who graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a fine-arts degree. “I love helping people who have not done art before or who are afraid of breaking boundaries. Through Art Bar we hope to provide the community with a positive atmosphere that is conducive to creativity.”
A variety of classes are already planned, Ennis confirmed. Instruction for beginners will run Tuesday through Sunday on a weekly basis. Mimosa Mornings are planned for 10 a.m. every Saturday; then a 2 p.m. family painting class will follow. Advanced workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday nights will additionally host “local artist nights,” where classes will be taught by a working artist from the community.
Class costs varies from $20 to $50; a complimentary beverage is included in pricing. After that, drinks cost $4-7. Wine from Palisade’s Grande River Vineyards and Budweiser will be served.
“You can just come and hang out, have a glass of beer or wine,” Blythe said. “Another distinction about us is that we’re a gallery as well.”
According to Ennis, “all art on the walls is for sale,” along with locally made pottery and jewelry. Art Bar will also put on quarterly shows to coincide with Grand Junction’s First Friday Art Walk, which will include live artist demonstrations.
Art Bar additionally employs two other local artists: Marilyn Wilcox and Jade O’Day.
ABOUT THE OWNERS
Ennis and Blythe have known each other for 17 years as family friends. Both are also long-time locals deeply ingrained in Grand Junction’s artist community. Blythe is owner/operator of Blythe Group, a local interior-design firm. Ennis is a fine artist in her own right. Her specialty is oil painting, print-making and mezzotints. She’s represented by Agora Gallery in New York City and Raw Canvas Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in Grand Junction. Her work can be viewed at http://www.juliaennis.com.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Blythe said. “I have always created spaces for art and worked with local artists to exhibit art.
“It’s a melding of passions.”
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