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.
With Shannon Muse
Stop by Bonfire Coffee on Main Street, Carbondale in May or June to see the artwork of Nathan Segovia and Valerie Rose. Originally from the West Coast with many miles between here and there, Nathan is a self-taught freelance artist, calligrapher, photographer and woodworker whose work has always had a few things in common: Nature, big color, and bold lines. Finding inspiration in the intersections of science, design and the environment, his work echoes places and objects that transcend specificity through abstract forms, use of high contrast colors and blending of proprietary production techniques to create images which are just as fresh as they are familiar.
Currently based in Carbondale, Nathan also makes the frames for his own work and other artists in the valley, including the giant 4×8 piece in the next room. Besides the occasional paint accent, the natural detail of the wood is created with patient torch fire instead of chemical stains to bring out uniquely deep tones and nuances of the grain. He accepts commissions for art and custom woodwork, murals and signage and will soon be teaching calligraphy in town at the Launchpad. viadesignbuild.com or email@example.com
Valerie Rose is a muralist and an illustrator. She was raised in California by deaf parents and is deaf in one ear. Sign language is her native language. She has always loved to draw, but it was her move to Nicaragua in 2016, where she found herself as an artist. She loves drawing illustrations and comics with india ink, occasionally combining them with watercolors. She started painting murals 18 months ago and has since painted 21 walls. 17 of her 21 murals can be found in Nicaragua. She helped open The Art Warehouse in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. She now resides in Carbondale, Colorado, where she is still painting murals, making illustrations, and teaching American Sign Language. All of her work is done by hand. hellovalerierose.com
May 24 at The Art Base
Carbondale Arts and The Art Base are hosting “Artwork Feedback Nights” as part of their commitment to serving local artists, with the next one to be held on Thursday, May 24, from 6-8:30pm at The Art Base (76 S. 4th St., Carbondale). Being critiqued isn’t easy but often helps artists problem solve and progress. Insight between artists, peers and critics often spark phenomenal ideas. Feedback Nights are given by professional and accomplished artists and curators in a casual environment (BYOB) with 3 other artists. May’s Artist Review will be facilitated by Tania Dibbs. Known for her work in oils, encaustic and sculpture, Tania Dibbs explores the complicated relationship between the natural world and mankind in her most recent work. She has showcased her work in a range of solo and group shows across the United States.
Participation in Artwork Feedback Night is limited to four people—artists are invited to bring works in progress or finished works for a 30 minute critique in a casual environment (BYOB). FREE for current members of both Carbondale Arts and the Art Base in Basalt, and just $20 for non-members. The discount promo code is MEMBER. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot at future session. Other dates in 2018 are June 15 (The Launchpad), July 19 (The Art Base), August 17 (The Launchpad), and October 19 (The Launchpad).
Painted panels due by late August
Create a buzz to help the bees! In the tiny country of Slovenia, they have a tradition dating back to the 1750’s. To honor their bees (Slovenia is well known to Europeans to be passionate about their bees) they would often paint their hive front panels with a diorama of a scene that meant something to them. Sometimes fierce, sometimes whimsical, sometimes religious, and all delightful. Mark Burrows wants to recreate this tradition in Carbondale by inviting artists to create their own vision and putting it on the panels. They do not have to be bee-related.
Mark wants to auction off these panels during a fundraiser to create a buzz around helping the bees, by planting pollinator gardens, not using pesticides, and just generally making the plight of the bee more public. Mark is happy to pay you for your work, let him know if you are interested and he will get you some panels. In addition, Carbondale Arts will host a reception for the completed panels in September. Completed panels will need to be turned in by late August.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask Mark any questions. I hope you’ll play with us! email@example.com