Valley Visual all about local artists |

Valley Visual all about local artists

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CARBONDALE, Colorado ” The Valley Visual Art Show has long been a place to showcase local artists, and even budding artists who might not consider themselves in that realm just yet.

“We have over 50 artists, from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, and a lot of them are brand new artists who’ve never shown their work before,” said Ro Mead, executive director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.

CCAH presents its 29th annual Valley Visual Art Show, opening at two locations as part of the First Fridays art walk tonight ” at the CCAH Gallery, 645 Main St., and the Gordon Cooper Library, 76 S. Fourth St. There will be artists’ receptions from 6-8 p.m. at both locations. The show will run through the month.

“There’s an amazing variety of work this year in just about every medium,” Mead said.

This is the third year that CCAH has split the exhibit between two locations, after many years using one of the local private galleries.

“It was hard to ask a working artist to give up their gallery space for a month,” Mead said. “Our own gallery is so small, so we needed another location. We really like collaborating with the library, and it attracts a different audience.”

Among the new artists showing in the Valley Visual this year is Spencer Crouch, who has recently been studying with glass artist David Powers.

“My dad is a glass blower in Boulder, and I finally decided to try it,” Crouch said. “I was just really turned on to it.”

He’s only been practicing the art for three months, and was surprised when it was suggested he show some of his work in the Valley Visual.

Crouch will have two pieces in the show, a vase and a bowl.

For more information about the Valley Visual Art Show, call 963-1680.

Other galleries around town will have First Friday openings starting at 6 p.m. tonight, including the Carbondale Clay Center, which features works by James Brooke and Loren Lukens; the Studio for Arts + Works, featuring works by Jennifer Ghormley and Matthew Fischer, and another live painting by Majid Kahhak at Kahhak Fine Arts and School.

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