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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Alaprima Opening Reception

Friday, March 24, from 6-8pm


Carbondale Arts is pleased to announce the opening reception for The Alaprima Painters: Watercolorists of the Roaring Fork Valley on Friday Mar. 24, from 6-8p.m. at The Launchpad (located at 76 S. 4th St, Carbondale). Alaprima was founded in 2015 by Judy Milne and Joan Engler as a watercolor painting group of like-minded individuals who enjoy the camaraderie, support, and critical input of artists in a non-competitive atmosphere. This show exhibits a variety …

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Mark Duff at Bonfire Coffee

March through April, 2017


My photographs are an extension of a lifetime of study of the natural world.  It is through photography that natures’ mystery and beauty are expressed.  The subtle interplay of light, color, and shadow comprise these photos.  I do not compose my photographs – they exist.   They are the result of the intersection of time, place and light.

The expression of the natural world has been enhanced by both my formal study of it, and teaching …

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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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