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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Anderson Ranch Artist-in-Residence Talk & Slideshow Presentation

Tuesday, March 26, from 6-7:30pm


Carbondale Arts and Anderson Ranch will host a Talk & Slideshow Presentation with Anderson Ranch's current Artist In Residence at The Launchpad in Carbondale. Each resident will share slides of his/her artwork in 8-minute segments. Refreshments and snacks will be served. The public is invited to meet the residents, mingle and ask questions after the presentation. To learn more about the current Anderson Ranch Residents visit For more …

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“It Was Dark Inside The Wolf” by Jeff Stevens and “Site 1” by Saxon Martinez

Now at the R2 Gallery through March


Visit the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad and see 2 solo exhibitions "It Was Dark Inside the Wolf" by Jeff Stevens and "Site 1" by Saxon Martinez. There will be an artist talk and preview for Carbondale Arts patrons and members at 5:30pm!

Our eyes and minds are exposed to a brilliant amalgamation of imagery through entertainment, social media and advertising on a disposable content cycle that lasts less than 24 hours. Jeff …

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Opening Reception for Will Gurley & Robert Martin

First Friday, April 5, from 6-8pm


Carbondale Arts presents “National Parks Development” by artist Will Gurley, as well as “Settle Down In A Town Where Nothing Burns”, by artist Robert Martin, with an opening reception for both shows to the public on First Friday, April 5, from 6-8pm at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad.

Gurley's solo show “National Parks Development” is a parody about the development of the natural world, showing alternative uses for the National Parks, …

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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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Cirque d’Sopris Fashion Design Class


This five week introductory class will focus on the fun and basics of making a costume from recycled clothing! No previous experience necessary! The class culminates with the pieces the students create being featured in the annual Cirque de Sopris Kids Fashion and Talent Show on February 22nd and 23rd. Classes meet on Fridays from […]

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Life Drawing

Now at The Launchpad


Non-taught, live model, nude figure drawing sessions in Studio C inside The Launchpad every Monday from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Facilitated by Staci Dickerson and others. The fee is $15 drop-in or “subscription fee” of $40 at beginning of the month for 4 Mondays of that month. Format is three-5 minute short poses leading into a long pose with five-20 minute […]

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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 Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Deadline for design idea: April 10

The 48th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Theme is….Rainbow Connection and any interested artists may submit an idea for the poster and a rough sketch of idea, along with 2 work samples. A jury will choose a design and we will work with the artist to create the final poster. The chosen artist will receive $650 and 5 t-shirts. All submissions should have your name and contact info on the back of the …

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Artist Grants Available

Applications Due April 5

Carbondale Arts is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Artist Fellowship Program. The AFP is for artists and creatives of any genre living in a ZIP code beginning with "816" and who need some funding to help them further their career, their art, or their ideas. These grants are highly competitive; thorough, passionate and well thought out responses are encouraged when filling out the application.

There are three categories: The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship The …

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Valley Visual Art Show People’s Choice Award Winners

39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show

Announcing the winners of our 39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show People's Choice Awards! In first place, with 23 votes, we have "Sopris Sketches", a double-sided Yule marble sculpture by Judy Fox-Perry. And in second place, with 19 votes, is "The Whisper", an oil and cold wax medium on panel work by Staci Dickerson. Judy wins $100 and 2 Friday night tickets to our sold out Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza: …

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Affordable Housing Update & Market Study

Read the reports here!

The Town of Carbondale, Art Space and the CCD have finished the Market Study for affordable housing in Carbondale. The results are really interesting. We have them shared on both of our web pages, Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Creative District. We are now looking for developers and land owners who may be interested in the study, and, hopefully, a project in Carbondale. We can’t do this alone but we are determined to advocate for …

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Rio Grande ARTway Update

Archway, Youth Art Park and a Mural

Believe it or not, the Rio Grande ARTway will host a beautiful arch created by many local artists, architects and visionaries. Led by Olivia Pevec the arch infrastructure was created by Stuart Edgerly and Steve Novy and Isaac Ellis from GreenLine Architects. Evolve Structural Engineers made sure the structure will be sound. Artists such as Bill Morrow, Wewer and Steve Keohane, Joe Burleigh, Shannon Muse, Jim and Sherrill Hawkins, Jim Mason, Crystal Glass Studios, Laura …

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