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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The Mystery of Marble

September 7, 6pm at the Limelight Hotel


Have you ever wondered what the difference between jazz and classical music is? Or what distinguishes good versus bad acting? Or how in the world someone can be a professional triangle player? Or how an artist turns a hunk of marble into a sculpture? All of those questions and more will be answered this summer during the Limelight Dialogues’ “Demystifying the Arts” series. On September 7th from 6 to 7:30pm, Amy Kimberly, Executive Director of …

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Clay National XI: Intimacy of Scale

Through August 29


Carbondale Arts has partnered with the Carbondale Clay Center for their eleventh annual Clay National exhibition. The show is on display at both the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad and at the Carbondale Clay Center. Clay can be a challenging artistic medium due to its many opposing characteristics: clay is strong, yet fragile, soft and hard, forgiving and relentless. As a result of these constraints, as well as process issues such as studio space access, …

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Brian Colley at Bonfire Coffee

July through August


Brian Colley’s artwork ranges from the contemplative to the imaginative, usually with an undulating current of humor running throughout. His perspective on art and life is to see beyond the superficial, the conventional, and the predictable, to find what is new and inspiring. Brian often asks questions through his art about humanity in relation to society, nature, and the universe. He’s not sure if any of it is ultimately successful, but enjoys the struggle nonetheless.

Brian …

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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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The Ultimate Arts Camp: art, music, & movement

August 1 through 4, 9am to 3pm at the Launchpad


Come join Carbondale Art’s Ultimate Arts Camp this summer! This camp includes outdoor art adventures around town, culminating in an art project, with music and movement integrated throughout. This place-based arts experience will conclude with a share-formance and an art opening to share the end products from the kids’ extreme ventures in creativity! $125 for Carbondale […]

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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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Carbondale Becomes a Certified Creative District!

DENVER - Thurs., June 16, 2016 - Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and The Boettcher Foundation today announced the certification of six new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are Breckenridge Arts District, Carbondale Creative District, Crested Butte Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District, and Mancos Creative District. Certification is for a five year period.

"These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of …

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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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