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New venues join First Fridays

CARBONDALE The monthly First Fridays art gallery walk hits downtown Carbondale today with a few new venues getting into the scene.”Bag Ladies Abound” in Carbondale this month, as new store The Yarn Garden sponsors an exhibit of hand-knitted and crocheted bags and puppets in the courtyard at Grana Bread, 320 Main St.

The selection of bags ranges from large market bags to small jewelry pouches, some felted and many embellished, and all made by locals. Many of the makers will be on hand during the evening reception.”We’ve been seeing so many clever and fun bags made by our customers and friends, we decided to get them together and show them off to everyone,” said Elizabeth Yates, the owner of the new store in the Sopris Shopping Center.Another new store, the Crystal Fly Shop and Decor at 589 Main St., will also have an open house during First Fridays, followed by a Labor Day weekend sale. The store features Victorian prints, sporting decor, antiques and a variety of fly fishing equipment. Call 963-5741.

The Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., presents “Ceramic Residencies of The South,” with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Participating artists are current residents at the Appalachian Center for Craft, the Arrowmont School of Craft, the Cub Creek Foundation, Penland School of Crafts, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art, and St. Petersburg Clay Co. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Gallery, 645 Main St., hosts “Majid Kahhak recent oil paintings,” exploring the interconnectedness of abstraction and representation; reception from 6-8 p.m. The GEO Store, 559 Main St., will include live music at 7 p.m. by Mallerie Neal, a Glenwood Springs student musician whose talents include singing as well as playing the piano and flute. This month’s featured art includes works by Peruvian abstract painter Enrique Cebrian, two new works by Will Laemmel, and a continued display of paintings by Iraqi artist Amal Masser. The Floral Boutique will be celebrating Lori’s 40th birthday with a live band, Lotus, and an exhibit of art work by local artist Tish McFeel. Traditional Armenian food and beverage will be served.


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