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What’s going on at the Bookcliffs Arts Center

Tricia Cleis

The Hilltop Summer Concert Series opened its season on the first Sunday of June to a great turnout of families and anyone that wanted to listen to some tunes. The concert series will continue every Sunday evening with young local musicians performing throughout the summer starting at 5 p.m.

On the visual side of things, the Bookcliffs Arts Center (BAC) gallery opened as well and locals should come check out Ricky Lively’s series of oil painting, covering the expanse of his career as a budding new artist at 17 to his current fascination with fighter planes and colorful clouds. The new lighting and hangers in the gallery show off the artist’s work to the greatest advantage.

This summer the BAC will be working with YouthZone and a talented group of local high school students to do another mural project like the one they did last year under the bridge at the skate park. This is just one of many art projects that the Bookcliffs is continuing around town.

The center starts the month off with a First Friday event where a new-featured artist opens with a show on the gallery walls. The first Monday and the third Mondays are Art After Hours featuring a different artist each week doing a variety of art projects and the students get to take home a piece of art made from their own hands.

The third Wednesday of each month is the board meeting at which guests are welcome to come and talk to us about their ideas for art projects around Rifle. The third Thursday is Open Mic Night where anyone is welcome to come in a play in a casual, intimate and attentive atmosphere. Refreshments are served at all of these events.

The Bookcliffs Arts Center will be starting children’s art programs all throughout the summer. You and your family and business can become a member and support your local Bookcliffs Arts Center, a nonprofit organization. You can visit http://www.bookcliffsartscenter.org or call (970)625-1889 for more information.

The Bookcliffs Arts Center has also asked local artisans to set up booths and show their artwork at the Summer Concert Series, as an opportunity for more artists to get their art work out there.

Join us at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, for the Feeding Giants for a fabulous evening with friends and great music.

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