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Valley Visual Arts Show: 76 artists view our world

"Wild and Free," a watercolor by Paula Lawley of Carbondale, is one of more than 150 works by local artists on exhibit at the 22nd annual Valley Visual Art Show, which opens Friday in Carbondale.
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Part of what has made the annual Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Valley Visual Art Show such a success is that it’s not a juried show.Artists can submit the best of the best of their work and really show off their talents.At least one of this year’s 76 artists sees it that way.”This is the one show I enjoy being in most,” said Carbondale sculptor John Hoffman. “I try to be a part of it even when I don’t have work to submit. It’s the best of what we have to offer.”This year’s show is on exhibit at the Kahhak Fine Arts & School and opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.Artists may present one or two pieces. This year’s mediums cover a full spectrum, including watercolor, photography (silver gelatin print, black and white and digital), oil, pastel, linoprint, digital imagery, ceramics, leather, wood, pencil, furniture, metal, wire, jewelry and beadwork, handbound books and more. Hoffman is one of five metal workers at the Roaring Forge blacksmith shop in Carbondale. The others are Tom Semborski, Ken Riley, Bill Dawe and Joe Burleigh.Hoffman submitted an eye-catching piece (pictured on the cover), which he titled “The Next 248 Years.” It’s a three-part sculpture based on the astrological chart of Sept. 11. On the left, the planet Pluto enters the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. On the right is Gemini in opposition.In the center is a representation of the horoscope, but it’s also a concave/convex eye. It looks out and it looks in. A veil drops around the center of the eye.”That represents the political debate,” said Hoffman.A flyer on the piece explains the title, which refers “to the 248-year orbital periodicity of Pluto, which rules death and rebirth, destruction and regeneration.”Hoffman also helped produce a piece, dubbed the “Michaelsaurus,” which was submitted by Tracy Handy’s second grade class at Carbondale Elementary School. The iron sculpture was named for classmate Michael Howdle, the CES student killed in a Jan. 14 rock slide accident.

WHO76 artists from Aspen to RifleWHATThe 22nd annual Valley Visual Art Show, presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and HumanitiesWHENThrough March 29; opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 8WHEREKahhak Fine Arts & School, 411 Main Street, Carbondale HOW MUCHCome see; call 704-0622 for details and gallery hours


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