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Positive energy powers First Fridays in Carbondale

Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin play a First Fridays concert at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale in celebration of their new CD, Already Home. (submitted photo)
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CARBONDALE – First Fridays in Carbondale is always a spectacle, in Ro Mead’s humble opinion.”As of late, especially with such lovely weather, the positive energy has been overrunning Carbondale,” the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities director said.

And this month’s First Fridays serves as an unofficial kickoff to a summer full of fun activities to get people out and about in Carbondale. Following is a rundown of First Fridays gallery receptions and open houses around town:n At the CCAH gallery, the Max and Scott Art Show opens with an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. today. The exhibit includes work by Scott Harris, a former set painter for children’s TV in Dallas and for the rock band ZZ Top. A premier bike wrench in the valley until he moved to Durango a month ago, Harris maintains close connections with Carbondale’s art community. Joining Harris in the show is Rhode Island School of Design grad Max Cooper, who spent a summer at Anderson Ranch as an artist-in-residence. His senior show at RISD, “Thesisissis,” allowed him to come to terms with the idea he had to create “new” art. The realization that nothing can be truly new finally allowed him to develop a more cohesive body of work. Cooper’s paintings, like Harris’, are hard to categorize – the juxtaposition of shapes, and the colors, really draw in the viewer. Cooper also does painting with tape, again not to be described, but to be seen. The show runs through June.

n The Carbondale Clay Center hosts an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. for Terry Shepherd and Paul F. Morris’ exhibit, “Works in Clay – Sculptural and Figurative Interpretations” through June. The center also is featuring works of the figure and landscapes by Calvin Lee in oil, watercolor, ink and charcoal.n The Thunder River Theatre has a double feature for First Fridays, with an opening reception for Carbondale Clay Center resident artist Lea Tyler from 6-8 p.m. for her “Fandangles” exhibit. A CD release concert by Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin at 8 p.m. follows (see Live Music listing on page B12).



n The new GEO Store gets into the act with a Meet the Artists night from 6:30-9 p.m., featuring poetry reading by Carlos Herrea and Lorri Adams. Ecuadorian music by Diego Teran, belly dancing, and works by local artists such as Juan Gallegos, Janet Nelson, Will Laemmel, Delores Pulver and others will highlight the evening.n Floral Boutique is having a “meet the baby” party from 6-8 p.m. to celebrate owner Lori Haroutunian’s newborn, Jolea. The party includes Armenian food and a raffle for a year’s worth of flowers.


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