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.
Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm
Join CCAH for an Artist Talk and Happy Hour with Richard Carter, the artist of the R2 Gallery’s exhibition “Mandalas Considered” on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm at The Launchpad. Carter will be interviewed by curator and art registrar of the Aspen Institute, Lissa Balinger. Carter’s valley roots reach back to the conversion of Aspen’s old Holy Cross Power House into the Aspen Center for Visual Arts (which then changed to the Aspen Art Museum). This exhibition uses the mandala’s form as a meditation in painting which invokes science and geometry while making a splash with elements of intense color. Light refreshments will be served.
Pie and Beer Tasting at RFBC on June 23rd
You could be chosen for a one time pie judging seat at this summer’s 45th Annual Mountain Fair. Join RFBC & CCAH in celebrating one of Mountain Fair’s oldest traditions, the pie baking and judging contest on Thursday, June 23rd at 5:30pm. We will be honoring this beloved tradition with a pie and beer pairing flight, with pies sponsored from various bakers in the roaring fork valley. $15 gets you four pie bites and four 5oz. beers carefully paired together for you to judge and be judged! In order to be chosen as a judge for this time honored tradition, come dressed in your best pie judging costume or your favorite local resident from Carbondale’s CommUNITY, as CommUNITY is the theme for this year’s 45th Annual Mountain Fair. Purchase a pie and beer flight and show us your best judging skills. Long time mountain fair pie judges will be at the tasting room on this night scouting who the best fit for a pie table judge will be this year. Want to just purchase a pie and beer flight to enjoy and not be submitted for a judges seat!? That’s fine too, come enjoy the goodies from local bakers! Proceeds from pie and beer flights go towards CCAH, truly the hub of artistic activity and expression in Carbondale Colorado and the founders of the fair. Pie + Beer + Mountain Fair = Pure Happiness.
First Friday, July 1st from 6 to 8pm
The CCAH teams up with Anderson Ranch in celebration of its 50th Anniversary during the Opening Reception of From Our Valley to the World, a photographic exhibition by four National Geographic photographers on July 1 from 6 to 8pm at The R2 Gallery located in The Launchpad (76 S. 4th St, Carbondale). Curated by Anderson Ranch’s Artistic Director of Photography, Andrea Wallace, the exhibition will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. The show is based on the work of David Hiser, Peter McBride, Dick Durrance and Nick Devore, all of whom made their homes in the Roaring Fork Valley while they traversed the world to make the compelling images that define National Geographic photography.
Stop by Bonfire Coffee on Main Street to view the work of Takeo Hiromitsu through the month of June. Takeo is an artist in multiple media but has been focusing on drawing and painting as of late. Takeo graduated from CSU with a BFA in Printmaking in 2010. In addition to Takeo’s works at Bonfire, you can see a giant 8′ by 6-1/2′ collaboration (still in progress) with Stanley Bell at The Launchpad. If you want to see Takeo in action, stop by SAW (the Studio for Arts and Works) to catch him working in his studio.
Through June 28th
Stop by CCAH’s R2 Gallery in The Launchpad to see “Mandalas Considered,” a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Richard Carter. Carter’s valley roots reach back to the conversion of Aspen’s old Holy Cross Power House into the Aspen Center for Visual Arts (which then changed to the Aspen Art Museum). His exhibition at The Launchpad uses the mandala’s form as a meditation in painting which invokes science and geometry while making a splash with elements of intense color.