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.
Through August 3
Carbondale Arts presents “1 = 1 = 3”, a collaborative exhibition featuring new works by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer and mixed media artist Betsy Chaffin, both local to the Roaring Fork Valley.
The show runs through August 3 and is open most weekdays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm. For more information call (970) 963-1680. Learn more at the show’s webpage.
With Shannon Muse
Now through July
Stop by Bonfire Coffee on Main Street in Carbondale now through the end of July to see artworks by Mellie Test and Valerie Rose!
Besides being a mom to an incredible kid and dogs, Mellie Test is a multi-talented, multidimensional intuitive artist/illustrator and professional graphic/web designer. And… a real live unicorn! Mellie truly believes we all have magic, and empowers others to step forward and claim theirs. Calling her creations “Visual Magic; Inner Alchemy,” Mellie intuitively adds resonant frequencies to her art and design work, powerfully translating soul essence into visual form. Ultimately, she aims to spread joy and lightness, which her bright colors and animal art – including unicorns! – definitely do.
Unicorns represent magic. They guide you to remember your own innocence and magic within by reigniting wonder and delight; the unicorns remind us to lighten up and not take ourselves so seriously. They bring back joy.When we get consumed with fixing our problems, we forget to look up and notice how much still sparkles around us. The unicorns remind us that there IS still sparkle and joy, even in the darkest of times. And it lies within us; we are all powerful, creative beings at our cores.When we allow the unicorns to guide us back to our innocence (the natural innocence we’ve often chosen or felt forced to abandon since childhood), we remember who we really are. We are available to and able to recognize new possibilities. Our lives open up into full bloom. And THAT is true magic. magicwithmellie.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
July 25 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 Wednesday, July 25, from 6-8pm at The Art Base. 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. July’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 August 17 (The Launchpad), September 21 (The Art Base), 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