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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Deck The Walls Holiday Artisanal Market

Opening Reception Nov. 16, Member Preview Nov. 15


For the holiday season, Carbondale Arts transforms the R2 Gallery into a shop filled with artisanal goods created by local and regional artists! Presented each holiday season by Carbondale Arts, Deck The Walls is a carefully juried artisanal market filled with unique handmade goods by artists from all over the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado. This year’s goods include candles, handmade scarves and hats, glass ornaments, cards & prints, skateboard …

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Light Up Carbondale & Santa at The Launchpad

First Friday, December 7 from 3-7pm


December First Fridays in Carbondale kicks off a long tradition of holiday celebration. Santa will be coming to Carbondale for a special visit on December 7 from 3 to 7pm at The Launchpad. Santa will also light the trees on Main Street at 5:15pm followed by a fire and hot chocolate and music by the Carbondale Middle School Band on the Fourth Street Plaza. Carbondale Arts Deck The Walls Show will be open …

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Art of William Poague at Bonfire Coffee

November and December


William started his art career in 1967 with a working position in an Art School and Frame Shop where he found his passion for handmade Dutch finish frames. He opened William Poague Gallery in 1974 specializing in distinctive fine art and master framing and subsequently working for major galleries and national museums in Washington D.C. including all the P Street galleries, Corcoran Gallery and School of Art, Barbara Fendrick Gallery and National Gallery of Art. Since …

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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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Life Drawing

Now in a new location


Non-taught, live model, nude figure drawing sessions in the Helios Center at 601 Sopris Avenue (in the building behind the main house on NW corner of Sopris and Weant) 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 […]

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Artist Development Night: Photographing your 2D or 3D art with Ian Edquist

October 17, 6-9pm at The Launchpad


Join Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography graduate and former Anderson Ranch Photography intern, Ian Edquist in this introduction to formally document your artworks. Whether your works are 2D or 3D, this course will instruct you in the steps necessary for recording the most accurate representations of your works using your digital camera. This course will […]

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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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News about the 39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show!

Entry forms available Monday Dec. 3 at 10am

Greetings, Artists of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Valley and beyond!

Again this year as in the past 2 years, in an effort to professionally exhibit your artwork in our R2 Gallery space, we will only be able to accommodate 50 artworks (one work per artist) in our upcoming 39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show (opening Friday, January 18, 2019).

WHEN & WHERE? • Entry forms will be made available online and in …

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Deck The Walls Applications Now Available

Calling All Artisans and Crafts-folk!

Carbondale Arts is now accepting applications for our 8th Annual "Deck The Walls: An Artisan Market" which takes place this November 15 through December 29.

This year, applications are ONLY online via this link. The entry fee is still just $25.00, and should be paid online using a credit card. Also, as usual for this show, all applicants are required to be current Carbondale Arts members (

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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 14th, 2018. Spread the word!

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

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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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2018 Mountain Fair Poster Contest Winner

About Bonnie Barker

Drumroll please! The winner of the 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Poster and T-shirt Contest is Bonnie Barker. Our 2018 theme is "LOVE POLLINATOR." Bonnie has been entering the t-shirt contest for years, and all that hard work finally paid off! Of her work, Bonnie says: "Art is one of my greatest passions.  It comes very naturally, since I can remember, I have had a pencil or brush in my hand.  It …

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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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