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First Friday exhibit moved to Second Friday at The Art Center in Grand Junction

Camille Silverman
Special to the Free Press
Raku clay work being fired for an exhibit at The Art Center.
Submitted photo |

Two exhibits — focusing on supporting community involvement and individual growth — open at Grand Junction’s Art Center on Friday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Both “The Student and Instructor Exhibit” and “Andrew Roberts-Gray: Ink and Structure” are open to the public throughout the month of July.

Art making has many processes and outcomes, and these are all on view this month at The Art Center. The reception highlights individual projects and collaborations from the center’s classes and workshops as well. Exhibit spaces are filled with ceramics, sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

The Art Center’s ambition to be a regional hub of arts exhibitions and education is evident in students and instructors now coming from all over the Western Slope and nation. Programming erased the defined geographical borders of collaboration, building a melting pot of artists from all over. It also promoted a mix of instructors who are just as comfortable being students, and students oftentimes in turn becoming instructors. Regional artists now show with national artists, and the waters churn with no particular borders or boundaries.

Exhibiting artist Andrew Roberts-Gray worked for 12 years at The Guggenheim Museum in New York, then began taking classes, residencies and teaching at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colo. In August, he will teach a workshop at The Art Center in combination with his solo exhibit. Roberts-Gray has been affiliated with centers of learning and collaboration his entire adult life. He is a prime example of creativity being a continual process of teaching and learning in tandem.

This ability to grow through the arts provides many the ability to live a uniquely inspired life. Artists in turn give back to their community through beauty and connecting viewers with the most sensual world of visual language.

Supplementing both exhibits are lectures by two mixed-media artists and instructors, local artist Gayle Gerson on Friday, July 12, and Glenwood Springs artist Roberts-Gray on Saturday, August 2. Lectures and opening nights are always free and open to the public.

For more information, visit The Art Center’s website at http://www.gjartcenter.org or call 970-243-7337, ext. 2. The Art Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Tuesdays and Fridays’ opening receptions are always free; admission to exhibits is $3 for non-members. The center is located at 1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction.


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