Plenty to do at Bookcliffs Arts Center in June |

Plenty to do at Bookcliffs Arts Center in June

"Transformation Met" by oil painter Sara Gallagher is one of the many pieces of art being showcased at the Bookcliffs Arts Center First Friday's Art Opening on June 5.
Courtesy of Sara Gallagher |

June is a huge month for the Bookcliffs Arts Center, starting with our monthly First Fridays Art Opening on Friday, June 5. This month we have something special — not one, but six different local artists in mediums varying from paints to photographs to sculptures. We even have the extremely talented Painters Stage coming to perform its rich Polish-infused music live as a part of the festivities. Catered by Kitchen Therapy in partnership with the new Whistle Pig Coffee Stop & Cafe, this is an opportunity to come meet the owners of the new Cafe on Third Street, which is set to open in the near future.

Without wasting a moment, the next morning, Saturday, June 6, the BAC is hosting a pre-concert Volunteer Day on the Hill. With a few more projects finishing up here on the grounds, we are calling for any and all volunteers to help us complete these light outdoor tasks before our outdoor stage is open for the summer. Free ice tea and firewood will be available to any who show up and volunteer between 8 a.m. and noon. The tasks are easy, and families are welcome.

The Hilltop Concert Series begins not long after. With the Smugger Mountain Boys kicking off the series on June 11 from 6-8 p.m., the series is the second and fourth Thursday for five weeks. Come see these local strummers at the Bookcliff’s outdoor stage. Bring your blankets, your chairs and your dancing shoes. There will be food and beverages, great art on the walls and glorious sounds to fill the neighborhood air. Come check it out once you’ve got your fresh goods from the Rifle Farmers Market downtown. We hope to see you all there.

With improv workshops, art for children summer classes, a meet-your-neighbor Hilltop BBQ, and more music and art coming your way, this summer is just getting started.

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