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.
July 24, 25 & 26, 2015 in Sopris Park
The Mountain Fair draws over 145 vendors poised to bring their unique and diverse homemade wares to town each summer. In addition to vendors, Mountain Fair features non-stop entertainment–both in live music and various forms of performing arts; a family-area called The Oasis which provides interactive, creative experiences for children; great food; friendly competitions that run the gamut from pie baking to wood splitting, and an amazing spirit. That spirit is best evidenced by the over 300 volunteers who come together to run the fair. Throughout the weekend, over 20,000 people pass through from across the state and all over the country!
Friday, July 10, 5:30 to 7pm
CCAH’s current exhibition “12 by 2: Conversations Between Poets and Visual Artists” has truly touched the viewing public since opening on June 12. The poetry of the show comes alive during the 12 by 2 Artist Beat’s Poetry Reading taking place on July 10 from 5:30 to 7pm at The Launchpad. Hear participating poets perform their work, view the gallery exhibition, and meet with the artists. As always, happy hour libations will be provided at this informal and inspiring evening.
Friday, June 12, 6 to 8pm
CCAH presents “12 by 2: Conversations Between Poets and Visual Artists”, a collaborative exhibition between poets and visual artists at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad (76 S. 4th St., Carbondale). The 12 by 2 Exhibition is curated by fiber artist Jill Scher and will feature painters, ceramicists, sculptors, photographers, fiber artists who have each been paired with a poet to inspire one another to create new works. If you can’t make the opening, stop by the R2 Gallery Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm through July 31. Also, mark your calendars for a special poetry reading taking place Friday, July 10 at 5:30pm at The Launchpad. Visit the 12 by 2 page for full details.
June and July, 2015
View photographs by Lesa Russo at Bonfire Coffee (433 Main Street in Carbondale), now through the end of July.
Lesa is a Colorado native. For most of her childhood she lived in Georgetown and Idaho Springs where she spent a good time exploring and learning to love the wilderness. She spent a lot of time collecting bones, and lying on the mountainsides watching the clouds and writing poetry. From a young age she most always carried a camera, and found that she had a gift for capturing images that many would not take notice to. Lesa spends most of her free time outdoors searching for wildlife, and what she is best known for is her connection with the animals, and her ability to photograph them making eye contact with her.
Lesa works as a radiation oncology nurse at Valley View hospital, and is also a folk singer/guitarist. She lives with her husband in Glenwood Springs.
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 : )