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Friedly Brothers Gallery opens in downtown Fruita

An interior shot of Fruita's new Friedly Brothers Gallery, which opened up at 127 N. Cherry St. in late September. This gallery shows the work of a whole family of artists.
Caitlin Row / crow@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

ART SCENE GROWING IN FRUITA

According to the Fruita Chamber of Commerce, downtown Fruita now boasts three art galleries — Rose Hue Gallery, Rye Gallery and Friedly Brothers. Watercolor Dogs also offers classes for kids and adults.

Having a growing art scene in Fruita is good for many reasons, Rye Gallery owner Kyle Harvey said.

“One reason is that art — painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, music, video, fiber arts, woodworking, poetry, culinary, brewing, coffee, and on and on — is a language, a way of communicating, that crosses social, economic, racial, cultural and educational boundaries,” Harvey explained. “The arts are a way of bring together and enriching our community.”

Harvey additionally noted that the arts often have great potential for “enhancing economic growth. The creative sector has been found to have a direct and positive correlation to economy, job growth and, in turn, quality of life. It has also been studied and concluded that arts and culture have a strong relationship with commercial real estate.”

— Caitlin Row, crow@gjfreepress.com

A potter, a painter and two knife-makers.

To display works from a family of artisans, two siblings — Dennis Jr. and Danen — opened up the Friedly Brothers Gallery at 127 N. Cherry St. in Fruita on Sept. 27.

According to Dennis Jr., work to be shown at their new spot downtown will include his pottery, Danen’s figurative oil paintings, along with bronze casting and sculpture by both brothers. Plus, their father Dennis Sr. (who lives in Wyoming) will show his artisan knives, with brother Dee soon to be selling knives as well.



Atmospheric firings are used in Friedly pottery “to create an effect,” Dennis Jr. added, “like flame patterns or brilliant flashes of color. There’s a lot of chance involved, so it’s like Christmas when you open the kiln,”

All three brothers live in Fruita, and both Danen and Dennis Jr. graduated from Colorado Mesa University with fine arts degrees.



“Our dad has always been a knife-maker, so we’ve been around fine crafts our whole lives,” Dennis Jr. said. “Our brother, Dee, is learning how to be a knife-maker, too.”

Formerly a real estate office, the Friedly Brothers’ new digs include a working artist studio, plus a variety of display rooms for shows and receptions.

“It just spoke to me as the perfect gallery space and a great location,” Dennis Jr. said. “The goal was to set up something that was both classy and inviting,” with space for other featured artists to show their work.

Business hours are tentatively set for Wednesday through Friday, 1-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stay tuned for an opening celebration, which will likely coincide with an upcoming Fruita Fourth Friday Art Walk event.

For more information about the Friedly Brothers Gallery or to make an appointment, call 307-254-0119 or email friedlybrothers@hotmail.com.

To check out Dennis Sr.’s knives, visit his website at http://www.friedlyknives.com.


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