Student artists on parade |

Student artists on parade

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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Student art from four Carbondale schools and the Anderson Ranch Artista Program will be on exhibit for the May First Friday art walk, which opens Friday with a reception for the student artists from 6-8 p.m. at the Carbondale Council On Arts and Humanities Gallery and the Gordon Cooper Library.

The “Carbondale+Kids=Arts” showcase will also feature a variety of visual and performing arts by the students throughout downtown Carbondale for the monthly art walk. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Second Street to Weant Boulevard for the event from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Artists of all ages from Roaring Fork High School, Crystal River Elementary School, Ross Montessori School, Carbondale Community School, and the Anderson Ranch Artista Program will be displaying their work. The show will run through the month of May.

Look for a spring mural, globes made of recycled materials, Stone Soup recipes in English and Spanish, kids’ literary works, science projects, yarn pictures, clay objects, bird houses made of recycled materials, and more from CRES students.

Carbondale Middle School seventh and eighth grade advanced readers will display “Forests of Souls,” featuring abstract trees and reflections created in conjunction with the book, “A Separate Peace.”

“Each artist/reader has explored and visually communicated symbolism and self-identity,” according to a CCAH press release. “They each also created an abstract tree to represent who they are in many aspects and has also written an in-depth reflection that they will be displaying.”

The students will be sharing and discussing the process, areas of self identity and symbolism, art materials used, a critique of their work and how they have grown as an artist/reader. The display and presentation will take place from 6-8 p.m. in front of the Wilderness Workshop.

Ami Maes’ art students from CMS will be involved as well with their silk flags, which is a collaboration between the students, CCAH and next week’s 5 Point Film Festival, which takes place May 7-10 at the Carbondale Recreation Center.

Music students of middle and high school band teacher Mark Gray will be performing from 4- 6 p.m., and again from 8-10 p.m. at Steve’s Guitars.

Also on Friday evening, Steve’s Guitars will open the microphone to student poets, with poetry readings organized by CMS teacher and poet Adam Carballeira from 6-8 p.m.

Also on tap for this month’s First Friday, the Carbondale Clay Center will feature colorful ceramic platters decorated by local “celebs,” friends and students of the Clay Center, with an exhibit opening and reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Platters will be on preview throughout May and will be available by way of silent auction during CCC’s spring fundraising party, La Dolce Vita, to be held at the Clay Center on May 30 beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. For more information on CCC’s offerings, please call 970.963.CLAY or visit

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