First Friday at The Art Center in Grand Junction |

First Friday at The Art Center in Grand Junction

Camille Silverman
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Greg Vigil installing Brian Baker’s Hoops - Brian worked both in Grand Junction Colorado and New York City before his early death in 2010.
Submitted photo |

Friday, March 7, is one of the busiest days on the calendar for The Art Center. It will encompass a full range of ArtAbility classes, open studios, and the opening night of four new exhibits.

First Friday exhibit openings start at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public.

One of the biggest discussions will be over “Rethinking Abstraction: Beyond the Recognizable Image” in the North Gallery. Abstraction is still a hot topic in the Grand Valley; trying to connect to work that has no pictorial reference can be exhilarating to some and baffling to others.

The Western Colorado Watercolor Society will also open the 22nd National Exhibit. This painting genre ranges from highly detailed to the loose and gestural.

The third exhibit to open is the Colorado Mesa University Faculty Exhibit. The CMU art department has gone through many changes, and one of these has been the influx of new professors from around the country. The CMU Faculty Exhibit has art works in clay, metal, painting, drawing, furniture design and print-making.

Last but not least, The Art Center is proud to present “A Voyeur’s View.” This preview exhibit is highlighting 19 selected works that will be auctioned off in the May 2 Fine Art Auction at The Art Center. One of these works is a Daniel Sprick oil painting that is similar in vein to the work permanently on display at the Denver Art Museum.

To see exact exhibition dates, go to or stop by The Art Center for show information. The Art Center is located at 1803 North 7th St., in Grand Junction, Colo.

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