CCAH, Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, 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.
September 4 from 6 to 8pm at The Launchpad
Square Footage: Art in Redux, is taking place August 14 through September 25 at the R2 Gallery. Participating artists, John Emerson, Wallace Graham, Penelope Anne Greenwell, Reina Katzenberger, Jay Phillips, and dancers of “CoMotion: a conscious movement project” received up to 16 square feet in which to install (or choreograph) their work. After two weeks, curators Laura Stover and Deborah Colley require each artists’ square footage to reduce by 50%, requiring each artist to respond, reconfigure, and reduce their work. After another two weeks, the space will be reduced again by 50%.
The gallery event for Reduction #1 will take place on First Friday, September 4 from 6 to 8pm. Stop in to the R2 Gallery by 5pm August 28th to catch the original full square footage installation before it reduces. Reduction #2/Artist Beat will take place on Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 to 7pm. This final event will feature a performance by CoMotion as well as a walk through with the artists as they explain their responses to the increasing square foot restrictions during the exhibition. The curators will document each stage of the exhibition in order for viewers to witness the changes during each event.
Throughout the month of August
Stop by Bonfire Coffee during their normal business hours to view the photography of Roberta McGowan. “It’s not about the camera or the technology; It’s about the fragile whispers of life: Those images that are here and then gone in an instant; The eye that sees them; The visions of the artist; The stories to be told; This is Photography. The images I create are dynamic and thought provoking. Strong colors and tones reflect the tough and gritty lives of the horses, cowboys, cowgirls and the West where they live and work. My photographs are made from the perspective of the subjects.
The juxtaposition of moment and movement is what intrigues me most about photography. As a photographer I work to “capture a moment,” but at the same time use creativity to “portray movement” within the image. Viewers are an integral part of the artistic process, hopefully connecting with the subject’s emotions, and the subject in turn appears to be responding to the viewer’s reactions. With a photojournalist eye, my style is powerful yet subtle, I work to savor the mystical human and animals connection within this special world. I, too, live in the West that still exists in the high deserts and sweeping grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Thank you for joining me on this visual journey.”
On hold until October
Phat Figures is on a hiatus for the summer months and will pick back up in October. If you don’t know, Phat Figures is an evening of “social sketching” brought to you by CCAH and Phat Thai on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm at Phat Thai in downtown Carbondale. Our models are multi-talented, so not only are they going to hold a pose, but they’ll entertain you while they do it. Get a group of friends together for dinner and drinks (we’ll provide the drawing materials– but bring your own if you’re picky) or come solo and grab a seat at the high table or bar. This is a really fun event, the food is stellar and it’s going to be busy in the restaurant so reservations are recommended. See you in October!
A Youth Show of Design, Daring & Dance
Cirque d’Sopris, an annual youth show of design, daring & dance took place on Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, 2015. This year’s theme was the Chinese Zodiac. The show features youth fashion creations, dancing, acrobatic feats, and more! A fashion design class is held prior to the show, look for this class in the fall. We are always blown away by the creativity and talent of these young folks and ask ourselves, did they really make these clothes?!? And the answer is YES! They did, they make them all. Now if only they made clothes for big kids too : )