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.
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 Carbondale Arts, sculptor Greg Tonozzi and local distiller, Marble Distillery will discuss and present “The Mystery of Marble: How Sense of Place Directs Us Creatively.” This Limelight Dialogue will also celebrate the marble from nearby Marble, Colorado, known by sculptors around the world– with Tonozzi on hand to demostrate! Beyond gaining an appreciation for an art form and for a material, audience members may have a chance to chip a piece of marble off the block to take home as a souvenir. Marble Distilling Co. is the only distillery in the world to filter vodka through crushed marble from the Yule Quarry in Marble – the same quarry that supplied the marble for the columns of the Lincoln Memorial. A century ago Yule Marble was carved out of a Colorado mountainside to pay tribute to the most renowned president in in US History. Our handcrafted spirits honor President Lincoln and the quarrymen who created monumental works of art… because we know all spirits are not created equal.
The series will take place in the Monarch Room. Targeted attendance is for each session is 40-80 people, with both hotel guests and locals invited. Admission is $10 per person and includes snacks and one glass of beer or wine.
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, human strength, and kiln size, much of the ceramics we see falls into a middle scale size range. Scale plays a huge role in how we relate to artwork, and the Intimacy of Scale features ceramic art taking on the less-traditional approach of working on either a more intimate or more monumental scale. “The Intimacy of Scale” features 32 ceramicists from around the country who have created works either smaller than 8”x8”x8” or larger than 24”x24”x24”. This show was juried by nationally acclaimed ceramicist, Chris Gustin.
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 has worked as an independent artist and illustrator in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past six years. He holds a BA in fine art and supplements his time creating paintings, drawings, engraved prints, and graphic design. He’s been a resident at Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) in Carbondale since 2013 and also works as the Gallery Manager for Carbondale Arts. Brian enjoys traveling for months at a time with a sketchbook, playing in his new band, “Ukulele Underwhelm”, learning about all-things-dinosaur, and writing artist statements that people may or may not read.