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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Now at the R2 Gallery: 1+1=3

Through August 3


Carbondale Arts presents “1 = 1 = 3”,  a collaborative exhibition featuring new works by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer and mixed media artist Betsy Chaffin, both local to the Roaring Fork Valley.

The show runs through August 3 and is open most weekdays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For more information call (970) 963-1680. Learn more at the show's webpage.

Community Mosaic Days

With Shannon Muse

You may have missed Community Clay Days but there are more opportunities for participation on the Rio Grande ARTway coming up. Shannon Muse will be leading the creation of a mosaic table for the Latino Folk Art Garden through June. Work sessions are held every Thursday and Saturday until the project is done. Right now the Thursday sessions run

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Art by Mellie Test and Valerie Rose at Bonfire Coffee

Now through July


Stop by Bonfire Coffee on Main Street in Carbondale now through the end of July to see artworks by Mellie Test and Valerie Rose!

Besides being a mom to an incredible kid and dogs, Mellie Test is a multi-talented, multidimensional intuitive artist/illustrator and professional graphic/web designer. And… a real live unicorn! Mellie truly believes we all have magic, and empowers others to step forward and claim theirs. Calling her creations “Visual Magic; Inner Alchemy,” Mellie …

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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 Bus

Coming to a school near you!


Carbondale Arts has been committed to fostering arts education in our schools and our under-served communities for over 20 years. The Makerspace Movement is growing in popularity around the country as it allows students access to tools and technology that build important hands-on learning in areas like critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Research has shown […]

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Artwork Feedback Night with Tania Dibbs

July 25 at The Art Base


Carbondale Arts and The Art Base are hosting “Artwork Feedback Nights” as part of their commitment to serving local artists, with the next one to be held on Wednesday, July 25, from 6-8pm at The Art Base. Being critiqued isn’t easy but often helps artists problem solve and progress. Insight between artists, peers and critics […]

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Rock and Roll Academy

July 16-20 from 10am-3pm at the Launchpad


Rock and Roll Academy is a social and play-based music education experience for middle and high school aged kids. No experience is required and professional instruments and equipment are provided. Kids form bands with friends, pick songs they love, and learn social-emotional skills through the process of working with peers towards the goal of performing […]

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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 Shade Tent Lottery

Sign up by July 22nd. Drawing will be held July 23rd

Please read the following information about the lottery rules, regulations and important dates as we have modified this year's procedures

HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE: IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN YOU WILL NOT RECIEVE A REFUND, REGUARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU CHOOSE A SPACE. This is to discourage groups from entering every family member, including the toddler, to heavily weight their chances in the drawing.

CA will raffle off 24 shade tent spaces for …

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We Need to Hear From You on Affordable Housing!

Please take this Creative Space Survey

Affordable Housing in Carbondale is crucial and you can help make it happen! The Town of Carbondale in partnership with the Carbondale Creative District is pleased to invite you to participate in our Carbondale Affordable Creative Space Survey, aimed at understanding affordable housing needs for Carbondale’s Creative Community. The survey will be available online at from June 25th to August 6th, 2018. Spread the word!

Artspace, the survey facilitator, is the nation's …

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Volunteer for Mountain Fair

Sign up now to volunteer for this year's fair!

Over 300 volunteers come together every year to make Mountain Fair one of the most popular and unique fairs in Colorado. Mountain Fair needs help with everything from selling T-shirts and Peace Patrolling the fairgrounds to Green Team and Backstage Security. Listen to great live music, view arts booths, eat delicious food, and mingle with Carbondale’s finest while you’re at it!

Artist Fellowship Grant Winners

For the Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, Ro Mead Community Grant & Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant

Carbondale Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of our new Artist Fellowship Program (AFP), consisting of three artist grant opportunities: The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship, The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant, and The Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant. The AFP is for artists and creatives of any genre, who need some funding to assist in artistic or career development or support artwork concepts that can benefit both the artist and community. CA believes that there …

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Rio Grande ARTway Update

2 new parks forging ahead!

The Rio Grande ARTway is a Creative Placemaking Project that inspires community and stewardship. It is a linear park and visual stimulus through the one mile stretch of trail that runs through Carbondale. Two parks are in the process now, DeRail Park located at Hwy 133 and trail and The Latino Folk Art Garden at 8th Street and trail. The creation and upkeep of these special places lies in the community. …

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Sign Up for Creative District Inventory

with the Carbondale Creative District

The Carbondale Creative Industry Inventory provides a listing of your name or business, a photo, location (which automatically populates on our Carbondale map), contact information and a weblink and is accessible from kiosks throughout town for the use of locals and visitors alike. Your listing will be searchable through your creative industry category, as well as through keywords and the listing will include a map with your business location. These kiosks are in collaboration with …

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