Carbondale Arts offers a wide range of community events throughout the year from gallery openings, to social sketching to Mountain Fair and even opera! Almost all of our events are free and open to the public.

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Fashion Show Tickets

Dress Rehearsal tickets on sale February 27


Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, Carbondale Arts will produce the 9th Annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: SHE. Full of locals, performance art, multimedia, inspiring sustainable fashion and a storyline to boot, this show isn’t just entertaining-- it is about raising money to educate our youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. Green is the New Black sells out every year at 500 seated tickets plus standing room each night. Local and …

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Incandescence Opening Reception

Friday, February 24 from 6-8pm


Carbondale Arts will host an Opening Reception for the exhibition Incandescence on February 24 from 6 to 8pm at the R2 Gallery located in The Launchpad. Incandescence showcases a new collection of encaustic paintings by artist and designer Erin Rigney as well as 9 Roaring Fork Valley glass artists, curated by Robert Burch. Burch will also display his new glass and metal series titled …

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Katelyn Krehbiel at Bonfire Coffee

January - February, 2017


Katelyn Krehbiel is a senior at Roaring Fork. She is a mostly self taught artist as well as being an endurance athlete and a full time student. Katelyn started as a clay artist when she fell in love with pottery at age 11 and worked at the Carbondale Clay Center teaching kids classes in the summer and doing her own learning with residents such as HP Bloomer in the winter. Once she started high …

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Carbondale Arts provides art classes, studio sessions and other opportunities for arts education in collaboration with our public schools, teachers, and other community partners. Click below to see all of the offerings available.

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Rosybelle Mobile Maker Space

We need your help!


“Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” [Sydney Gurewitz Clemens] At Carbondale Arts we strongly believe that the arts should be accessible to everyone. Nine out of ten American adults agree that the arts are vital to a well-rounded K-12 education and we couldn’t […]

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Drop-in Figure Drawing

Monday evenings 6:30-9:30pm


Non-taught, model figure drawing sessions in the CCAH Classroom at the Third Street Center every Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Facilitated by Philip Hone Williams with a live figure model. Call 970-456-2865 or email to reserve space.

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Creative Classroom

with Crystal River Elementary School students


Creative Classroom provides free after school art to students in grades 1 through 4 from Crystal River Elementary School. There are 3 8-week sessions each year. Each of the 3 sessions is open to a different grade at CRES and students can sign up for the program through the school’s art teacher. The Creative Classroom […]

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Check back here for information on everything from upcoming events, opportunities for artists, news on the Carbondale Creative Plan, application deadlines or just exciting news that we want to share with our wonderful community.

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Mountain Fair Hours, Band Announcements & Job Opening

2017 Mountain Fair Changes

BIG NEWS for the 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair include a later Friday night and an earlier Sunday finish. This year Friday night will go a half hour later, until 9:30, where Dirty Bourbon River Band where rock the evening away. Sunday night will end at 7:00 with the final band performing from 5-7 pm. That band will be the largest band Mountain Fair has ever seen as March 4th Marching Band will close the …

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Mountain Fair T-Shirt Contest Changes

Applications due March 20th

New this year, the Mountain Fair Poster Design Contest will be a commission. As always, anyone is eligible to apply. Artists should submit a rough sketch of their idea for the poster design, along with 2 work samples that show the artist's style or the style of artwork envisioned for the design. Work samples do not need to directly relate to your design sketch. Carbondale Arts will work with the winning artist (chosen by a …

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Proposals for Gallery Exhibitions in 2018 now available

due May 1, 2017

Carbondale Arts is seeking proposals for gallery exhibitions for the 2018 calendar year. We strive to showcase a balance of exhibitions that reflect the various aspects of the Roaring Fork community and beyond: a mix of emerging and established artists, solo and group shows, opportunities for educational experiences, and new ideas and techniques perhaps not previously seen in our gallery.

Proposals may be for an exhibition of your own work, or a group show …

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Sign Up for Creative District Inventory

with the Carbondale Creative District

The Carbondale Creative District (CCD) is about to unleash the visible beginnings of three years of hard work by many in the community. Starting in May, way finding signage will roll out along the Rio Grande ArtWay, The Crystal Trail and our Main Street Creative District core.

In conjunction with the wayfinding signs, inventory icons and logo design, which will start springing up to bring visual interest and direction to the public, we are in the …

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