39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show is FULL!

Congrats to our 50 participating local artists!

Entry forms for the 2019 Valley Visual Art Show are now closed since we are officially full, featuring 50 local artists. Congrats to everyone who made it in, and thank you all for your continued support of this annual exhibition. Opening January 18, we hope you’ll come to the reception from 6-8pm and VOTE for the People’s Choice Awards!

Learn more about the exhibition at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/39th-valley-visual-art-show/

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 (see link here to join or renew). Entries cannot be processed through the office, by phone or with cash/check walk-ins.

Presented each holiday season, Deck The Walls is carefully juried and open to artists and crafts-folk all over the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Our goal is to provide vendors with an exceptional venue for their unique wares and to offer our community a chance to take home thoughtful and well-made local and regional goods.

Like last year, Carbondale Arts continues to cultivate a vibrant collective of local and regional artists, designers, and hand-makers for our Annual Deck The Walls. Located in the heart of Carbondale’s Creative District, we strive to help small businesses grow and encourage community to engage and connect with the artisans while supporting our local economy during the holidays.

Applications are due by Monday, October 15. Feel free to share with your artisan friends! If you have any questions, please send them to brian@carbondalearts.com.

We’re looking forward to having another exciting holiday season full of art and creativity!

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 CarbondaleAffordableCreativeSpaceSurvey.org from June 25th to August 14th, 2018. Spread the word!

Artspace, the survey facilitator, is the nation’s leading non-profit developer of affordable space for creatives and creative organizations. Artspace would like to better understand how spaces for creatives fit into our community’s current priorities, and they want to hear it from us through the Carbondale Affordable Creative Space Survey.

We invite you to participate in the Carbondale Affordable Creative Space Survey! With your help, we hope to gather ideas about what the creative sector is missing and look at fresh ideas to serve Carbondale’s needs. Potential ideas can include live/work housing, co-working spaces, shared spaces, gallery space, and anything else you can think of.

If you have a need for creative space in Carbondale, please take this survey. The creative sector in Colorado involves a wide range of fields that utilize innovation, originality, and imagination. For example, it includes architects, digital designers, craftspeople, writers, chefs, as well as artists. The facility will likely incorporate working, living, commercial, and community spaces — depending on community needs.

Your unique perspective is invaluable to us, and we appreciate your input!

Read the ArtSpace Preliminary Feasibility Report here.

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 is great value in fostering creativity and inspiration. These grants help further the mission of Carbondale Arts (building community through art) and the mission of the Carbondale Creative District (nurturing a vibrant Carbondale community through creative industry, collaboration and artistic exploration).

The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship will help further the artistic development of two valley artists, Amanda Ramsay and Kaitlyn Getz. Amanda will use the fellowship to help support the making of a new body of work, which will be shown at a solo show in the valley, February 2019. Kaitlyn works primarily in clay but has started integrating oil painting into her work. This fellowship will allow her to develop more skills in this medium.

The Ro Mead Community Grant, sponsored by Frosty and Carly Merriott, has been awarded to Chris Harrison, Sue Drinker and Sarah Uhl. Harrison will help provide scholarships for his School of Rock Summer Camp. These scholarships are provided to local children who cannot afford to pursue their musical dreams. Drinker will use her grant award to work with four parent/child students from different areas and cultures in the valley. She will teach them photography, which they will use to work toward a common vision and final piece. Artist Sarah Uhl will use her funds to work with local youth on a Kindness Mural. In Sarah’s words,” murals are a powerful tool for social change and a brighter, more connected world.”

The Carbondale Arts Career Advancement Grant will help two valley artists further their aspirations in their creative fields. One will help artist Lindsay Jones produce a new body of work revolving around the theme of Manifest Destiny. She is applying for a show at The Launchpad in 2019, and will be using this work to apply at other galleries throughout the nation. Trapeze Artist, Jordan Tribble will use his grant to offset some of the startup costs of creating his own troupe. After some time with Cirque Du SoleiI he has come home to take his artistry in a new direction.


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 has always been an amazing creative outlet and form of therapy for me.  I have no one medium rather,  I am constantly finding new ways of self expression and meditative practice through all forms of creative art.  I enjoy connecting with nature and gathering its many treasures; incorporating it into my art.  I love using art to connect with people, especially children and youth, it’s such a powerful tool for so many reasons.  My latest and all consuming adventure is learning how to be a good mom to my girls; Arrow 4, and Maple 2…even now as I type this I am shuffling their little feet off the keyboard.  So lately, my art consists of lots of glue, glitter, and crayons. Its the best!”
A little info on Bonnie as a person, artist, professional:
“I grew up in northern Minnesota near the boundary water wilderness where there is a crystal clear lake every 5 miles and wild timber wolf packs. It was powerful and magical place to grow up spending my childhood in the woods camping, swimming, and fishing.  This place left a deep impression on who I am today and generated my strong connection with nature. I was convinced I would grow old there until I moved to Colorado and fell in love with the mountains and the hot springs. I moved to Carbondale when I was 25 in search of my independence, that was 14 years ago. I met the love of my life, became the mother of 2 beautiful girls that are rocking my world and became a stepmother to 2 amazing boys. I am very close to my family so it was not long before my mother, sisters, and brother all moved here and now my nieces and nephews are all being raised here. My roots are deep and I am filled with joy that my family and I call this home!”
What Bonnie loves about Carbondale:
“There are so many reasons I love about Carbondale. There is a rich authenticity to it, with a strong foundation of many generations of ranchers and farmers. Yet, there is a buzz…a new generation of young, passionate farmers, artists, and adventure seekers that give it this hip edge. Its back yard is majestic, wild and untamed; there is a great respect for the land and the water as we all meet on common ground to support a progressive and growing community.  All the while, remembering our roots and staying humble, real, and sustainable. It’s actually quite impressive and amazing to witness and I believe it’s because the people that live here have a strong intention to live happy, full and conscious lives. As a mother I find great peace in watching the youth roam free around town and on the bus system, to see my stepsons grow up untethered and safe, what a simple, beautiful, and profound thing. We are truly so lucky.”
A little known fact about Bonnie:
“Well, I’m an open book but I will say I’m 38 and never felt younger. I am truly happier than I have ever been and with all of life’s challenges, all the ups and downs, I am grateful to feel all of it…to laugh and to cry with my eyes and heart open. I am so grateful to live in this vibrant community surrounded by so much love and support and am so excited for what’s to come…you’ll never find me far from Carbondale!”

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. YOU are the ones who will make these spaces happen. Please join in any of our projects or just stop and pull some weeds when recreating!

Upcoming ways to get involved:
  • DeRail Park Railroad History Artifacts: Coming in August
  • The Rio Grande ARTway ARCHWAY: Coming in October
  • Mosaic table & Benches Community Art Days: Thursdays 2-4pm & Saturdays 10am-noon at 289 Sopris Avenue in Carbondale.  Sign up at paradiseartglass@sopris.net.
  • Botanical Gardens & ARTway Celebration: Sunday, August 19th 2-4

The ARTway is a project of Carbondale Arts, the Carbondale Creative District and RFTA. Stay tuned for future stewardship days and calls for art installations at carbondalecreativedistrict.com

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 the Carbondale Business Chamber and Carbondale Tourism.

Carbondale’s Creative Industries are divided into the following categories: 1. Design, Media and Innovation; 2. Visual Arts; 3. Performing Arts; 4. Healing Arts; 5. Culinary Arts; 6. Cultural Heritage which includes local food production, ranching and history

Each category has a color and icon to identify it visually. The icons will be on the signs. The CCD has a 4” sticker of our logo in the color that relates to your industry. We have you listed under Healing Arts and we hope you will display the sticker somewhere in your business to create visual connection and identity.

The CCD is picking up the cost of most of this but is asking our creatives to help get us increased visibility and economy for Carbondale and for you. An individual creative or artist: $25.00 a year for listing and sticker. A Business of two or more: $50.00 a year for listing and sticker. If you cannot pay this cost, but want to be listed we have a number of scholarships available. Your quick response is much appreciated.

Along with the increased CCD marketing efforts, Carbondale will receive increased promotion from the State of Colorado Tourism Council and the Colorado Creative Industries. Carbondale is poised to receive our official state certification as a district this summer. To sign up for a listing or more information, please email Amy at amy@carbondalearts.com or call her at 970.963.1680