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.
Now through First Friday, October 5
Based in Aspen, CO, Mary Conover is an abstract artist who explores the symbolism of light in her studio practice of painting, collage, photography, and digital photomontage. The work in her solo exhibition at Carbondale Arts was created during a recent sojourn in the Caribbean where she works several times each year. The work represents a paean to the islands after the devastating destruction from hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017.
In Vicki Lee Johnston’s case, form is created by the accumulation of salvaged barbed wire, woven and coiled to create nest and vase-like forms. Using the admittedly “nasty” and non-art material of barbed wire, Johnston transforms it into organic shapes that convey movement, building form out of space and line. Jim Johnson’s charcoals exist primarily in the cerebral environment of the mind. Creating dark thought-like balloons of white words drawn in a flowing script font, he uses simple and frequently well-known phrases or words to provoke an esthetic experience that ranges from the humorous to the grave. One current theme of the artists has been that of time as reflected in various forms of language. The drawings are like thought pictures. Like Johnston’s sculptures, they endeavor to give physical form to ideas.
These exhibitions will run through First Friday, October 5. The R2 Gallery is open weekdays from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-2. You can learn more about these shows under the R2 Gallery tab at the top of our website.
September through October, 2018
Dave grew up in Aspen. The Durrance family arrived in 1947 when Dave was two. While he is more widely known for his various roles in skiing as a racer, coach, and retailer, he began studying art in high school. He earned a BFA in painting at the University of Denver in 1968. That summer he had a one-man show at the Wooden Horse Gallery in the mid-valley. Growing up in Aspen in the 1950’s and ‘60s he couldn’t help being influenced by the work of Herbert Bayer, and through him the work of other Bauhaus artists.
Dave continued painting when he could, rarely showing for the next forty years. He has recently returned to painting full time and has participated in numerous group shows throughout the valley for the last ten years. Dave has been included in shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, The Aspen Chapel Gallery, LivAspenArt in Aspen, and the Aspen Art Museum, as well as at the Launchpad in Carbondale. He has had several one-man shows at Bonfire in Carbondale, and at Anderson Ranch.
Dave works at his studio in the Third Street Center in Carbondale, and has studied at Anderson Ranch, CMC and Carbondale Arts.
September 21 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 Friday, September 21 from 6-8pm at The Launchpad. 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. September’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. Other dates in 2018 are October 19 at The Launchpad.