Celebrate new First Friday exhibits at The Art Center in Grand Junction July 5 | PostIndependent.com

Celebrate new First Friday exhibits at The Art Center in Grand Junction July 5

Camille Silverman
Cultural Confidential Contributor
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WHAT: First Friday opening reception

WHEN: 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., July 5

WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St.

COST: Free, open to the public

INFO: gjartcenter.org

Trees are the focus of The Art Center’s latest exhibit which opens Friday, July 5. Thirteen artists will be exhibiting works with trees as a theme. “A Connection between Earth and Sky: Looking After Trees” explores individual themes of which metaphor and meaning flip quickly between artists as does their selected media. Some artists see the trees as figurative stand-ins for strength and fragility, others see them as a connection to the earth and heavens, while others are taken away by the memories they invoke.

The exhibit brings in varied artists such as Washington state glass artist Rob Snyder; New York painter Gregory Botts; and California artist Laura Scandrett’s large-scale charcoal tree drawings. All First Friday receptions are free and open to the public and start with a short introduction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 7 to 9.

“Looking After Trees” started from a desire to bring together the work of artists around the figure of the tree. Certain artists work primarily with the tree to provide a vocabulary for visual form and thought. For others the tree is less central to their practice but has found a place within a specific project or artwork. This exhibit is powerful and joyful. Viewers will find themselves both in expansive states and then moving into quiet introspection. After all, art is not just product but it is experiential.

This exhibit is curated by Ridgway artist Meredith Nemirov and New York artist Raoul Anchondo. The online catalog of selected works is available on The Art Center’s website under “exhibits.”

Another event specific to the July 5 opening is “The Student, Instructor and Open Studio Exhibit.” This exhibit now takes over three-quarters of The Art Center gallery spaces. Visitors will see what is created at The Art Center or what is created in private studios after the classes or workshops are completed. The Art Center holds classes in sculpture, pottery, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography and much more. There are many levels represented but everyone involved has an individual gift and is part of a truly vibrant arts community.

“The Student, Instructor, Open Studio Exhibit” will also be supplemented by a community paint project in The Art Center Sculpture Garden with fiber artist Mary Hertert from to 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Modern Jazz Duo will be playing in the Atrium Gallery throughout the evening.

Information on Art Center hours, exhibits and educational programs are online at gjartcenter.org or by calling the front desk of The Art Center at 970-243-7337, ext. 2. Regular hours are Tuesdays –Saturdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. First Friday receptions are free and open to the public. Tuesdays are always free through a gift from Home Loan and Allied Insurance. Non-member admission fee Wednesday–Saturday is $3.

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