Grand Junction City Hall hosts Colorado National Monument art exhibit
WHAT: Monumental Art Exhibit
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m.; exhibit open through March 31
WHERE: Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. 5th St., GJ
COST: Admission is free
To raise awareness and funds for Mesa County’s gem, the Colorado National Monument Association is hosting its Monumental Art Exhibit in conjunction with the city of Grand Junction.
The opening reception kicks off Friday, Jan. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Grand Junction City Hall. The display will remain up until the end of March.
“It will show how the landscape of the Colorado National Monument lends itself to all types of artistic mediums,” from painting and pastels to photography and mixed media, CNMA executive director Linda Spinner said.
Winners of the art show will be announced at the grand-opening celebration Friday; refreshments will be served and admission is free.
This is the second time the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture partnered with the Colorado National Monument to benefit programming, City of GJ events coordinator Lorie Gregor said. In 2011, the city also joined with CNMA for the “Exhibit of the Century,” a celebration of the monument’s 100-year anniversary.
“We feel this collaboration provides local artists with a venue to showcase the beauty of the Colorado National Monument and gives the public a centrally located place to enjoy the exhibit,” Gregor noted. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
According to Spinner, proceeds from the event’s artist entry fee will benefit the CNMA’s mission to fund monument programs. All art pieces on display at City Hall are for sale, and those funds will go directly to the artist.
Increased fundraising and bringing on new members is extremely important to the CNMA’s mission in 2014, Spinner added.
“We have been tasked by our partners — the National Park Service — to raise more than $33,000 for different projects” within the Colorado National Monument because of budget cuts due to sequestration in 2013, Spinner said.
Additional fundraising opportunities, including more CNMA sponsored art events, will be announced later in January as part of the local nonprofit’s 50th anniversary year.
For more information about CNMA, visit http://www.coloradonma.org.
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