Arts Explosion!

Posted by DebColley on April 15, 2014  |   No Comments »

On March 12 and 13, The Carbondale Middle School administers a half day of standardized tests… then 150 Middle School students went out into the community and spent the rest of they day immerse in the arts! CLICK HERE to a video of  what they did!


Mountain Fair Poster Contest

Posted by DebColley on April 9, 2014  |   No Comments »

Contest Deadline: Apr. 24

The Carbondale Council for Arts & Humanities is seeking artwork submissions for the 43rd Carbondale Mountain Fair Poster. This year’s theme, Wild At Heart: Celebrating our People, Town, and Wilderness, honors the 50th year of the signing of the Wilderness Act and should be the inspiration point for the design. The winning design will be on the official poster, t-shirts, and the winner will receive $500. Designs can be in any medium and must be able to transfer to a digital image for reproduction. Designs are due Apr. 24 and can be dropped off at CCAH’s offices or mailed to P.O. Box 175, Carbondale, CO 81623. Please include artist name, phone number, and email with submission. More information call (970) 963-1680 or visit

The Artist Beat: Happy Hour & Artful Dreaming Mini Workshop

Posted by LauraStover on April 7, 2014  |   No Comments »

April 17 from 5:30 to 7pm at the CCAH R2 Gallery in the Third Street Center

Get in touch with your subconscious creative self!  As a part of CCAH’s current Dream On Exhibition, CCAH and artist Wewer Keohane will be hosting a Artful Dream Mini Workshop for the exhibitions Artist Beat. Wewer’s written a book about interpreting dreams titled, “Artful Dreaming”.  Wewer will guide participants through in illustrating their dreams through collage and drawing and then will help interpret dreams for anyone interested (in private).  This event is free to the public!

Save The Date: Colorado Opera Coming to Carbondale

Posted by DebColley on April 2, 2014  |   No Comments »

Barber of Seville/May 22, 8pm at the Third Street Center

Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiiigaro!  Barber by day, matchmaker by night, Figaro puts his charm to work as he helps Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina.  She’s such a catch that her greedy guardian, Bortolo, keeps her under lock and key with the intent of marrying her himself. Crazy antics abound and Berta, the maid, gets involved. But, no challenge is too great for Figaro’s madcap schemes! Filled with some of opera’s most famous tunes, this is a comedy not to miss!

Performed by the Opera of Colorado Young Artists, the Opera on Tour program brings professional productions directly to schools and community venues across the state of Colorado.

Stay posted for ticket information.

Mountain Fair Artists’ Gallery Application Available!

Posted by LauraStover on March 31, 2014  |   No Comments »

The Valley Artists’ Gallery (previously known as the Local’s Booth) allows local artists who are current CCAH members to exhibit and sell their artwork in a cooperative, inexpensive way.  All artists must reside in the 816 zip code to apply and all submissions must be your own handmade (not manufactured, not imported) work. Gallery space is limited, and artwork will be juried.  Artists are required to assist with set-up and breakdown, and to work shifts during the fair.  CCAH will provide the tent, pro panels and pedestals.  Artists are responsible for their own display.  CCAH will handle the accounting and collect sales tax.  The booth fee is $50 and CCAH will take a 15% commission from your sales.  All applications must be received by May 1.  Notification will be made by May 31.  For more information, please call 970-963-1680 or e-mail

Mountain Fair_Artists’ Gallery App 2014


Posted by DebColley on March 27, 2014  |   No Comments »

PRINTS CHARMING with Pam Porter,  Ages 6-11/ June 23-26, 10am to 12pm

$80/members, $95/non-members –REGISTER HERE by June 19th.

MIXED MEDIA MAGIC! With Rochelle Norwood, Ages 7-12/June 24-27, 1 to 4pm

$80/members, $95/non-members–REGISTER HERE by June 20.

PSST!… HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU! With Julie Wagner, Ages 9-12/July 7 – 12, 9am to 3:30pm

$230/members, $250/nonmembers– REGISTER HERE by July 2.

SEWING BASICS AND A FASHION SHOW! with Rochelle Norwood,  Ages 7 & up/ July 14 – 17,  1 to 4pm

$120/members, $135/non-members– REGISTER HERE by July 10.

FASHION FABRICS & A FASHION SHOW! With Rochelle Norwood, Ages 9 & up/July 21 – 24, 1 to 4pm

$120/members, $135/nonmembers–  REGISTER HERE by July 17.

UKULELE & SINGING CAMP With Holly Richardson, Ages 7 to 9/ July 21 – 25, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

$135/members, $150/nonmembers– REGISTER HERE by July 17.

DESIGN IT WITH DUCT TAPE With Rochelle Norwood, Ages 7 & up/ Aug. 4 – 7, 1 to 4pm

$120/members, $135/nonmembers + $20 material fee–  REGISTER HERE by July 31.


DREAM ON: Where The Subconscious Takes on Art

Posted by DebColley on March 17, 2014  |   No Comments »

Mar. 21-May 2 at CCAH’s R2 Gallery

GALLERY OPEN FIRST FRIDAY, April 4th from 5:30-7pm

Curated by Brian Colley and featuring artists John Cohorst, Brian Colley, Lisa Ellena, Deborah Jones, Wewer Keohane, Frank Norwood, Johanna Mueller and Philip Hone Williams.  Dreaming is often about questioning concepts of reality, pushing boundaries, and opening a deeper conversation about our day-to-day existence.  This exhibition will explore all facets of the dream spectrum, from imaginative and fantastical imagery to subconscious and dreamlike explorations, to soul-searching and soul-finding revelations. For more information call (970) 963-1680.

About Creative Districts

Posted by amymoon on April 2, 2012  |   1 Comment »

In 2011, the Colorado legislature passed HB11-1031. In brief, it encourages the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods, or contiguous geographic areas, for the purposes of:

  • Attracting creative entrepreneurs and artists to a community, infusing new energy and innovation which in turn will enhance the economic and civic capital of the community
  • Creating hubs of economic activity, thereby enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as create new economic activity
  • Attracting visitors
  • Revitalizing and beautifying communities
  • Providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening a community’s unique identity
  • Showcasing cultural and artistic organizations, events, and amenities

The legislation is written broadly enough to ensure that the Creative District concept is relevant to places large and small, urban and rural, well-established and new. Still, they will have things in common: Creative Districts are defined areas that include a mix of uses within their boundaries, and they are typically small enough to be walkable. All include arts/cultural assets and non-profit as well as for-profit creative businesses. Most will incorporate complementary non-arts businesses such as restaurants, offices, retail stores and housing. Districts may offer events like art walks and arts festivals. Often they will include community gathering places such as a plaza or park.