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.
Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30pm
Visiting scholar, Rabbi David Inger will give a lecture entitled “G-d is A Four Letter Word: Jewish Mystics and a G-d Who Doesn’t Exist” at 5:30pm on Tuesday, July 26th at the Carbondale Branch Library.
Named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.
July 29-31, 2016 in Sopris Park
Don’t miss the 45th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair July 29-31, 2016 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! Vendor Hours are on Friday from 12-8pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
July through August
Brian Colley’s artwork ranges from the contemplative to the imaginative, usually with an undulating current of humor running throughout. His perspective on art and life is to see beyond the superficial, the conventional, and the predictable, to find what is new and inspiring. Brian often asks questions through his art about humanity in relation to society, nature, and the universe. He’s not sure if any of it is ultimately successful, but enjoys the struggle nonetheless.
Brian has worked as an independent artist and illustrator in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past six years. He holds a BA in fine art and supplements his time creating paintings, drawings, engraved prints, and graphic design. He’s been a resident at Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) in Carbondale since 2013 and also works as the Gallery Manager for Carbondale Arts. Brian enjoys traveling for months at a time with a sketchbook, playing in his new band, “Ukulele Underwhelm”, learning about all-things-dinosaur, and writing artist statements that people may or may not read.
July 1 through 29, 2016
Carbondale Arts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center proudly present “From Our Valley to the World”, an exhibition by four National Geographic photographers from July 1 to 29 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 transports visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. The show features the work of David Hiser, Peter McBride, Dick Durrance and Nicholas DeVore III, 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.
This show is made possible with support from Karp Neu Hanlon Attorneys, and is in celebration of Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary this year.
First Friday, August 5 from 6 to 8pm
Carbondale Arts is partnering with the Carbondale Clay Center for their eleventh annual Clay National exhibition. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, August 5, from 6-8pm at the Carbondale Clay Center and Carbondale Arts’ R2 Gallery in The Launchpad. Clay can be a challenging artistic medium due to its many opposing characteristics: clay is strong, yet fragile, soft and hard, forgiving and relentless. As a result of these constraints, as well as process issues such as studio space access, human strength, and kiln size, much of the ceramics we see falls into a middle scale size range. Scale plays a huge role in how we relate to artwork, and the Intimacy of Scale features ceramic art taking on the less-traditional approach of working on either a more intimate or more monumental scale. “The Intimacy of Scale” features 32 ceramicists from around the country who have created works either smaller than 8”x8”x8” or larger than 24”x24”x24”. This show was juried by nationally acclaimed ceramicist, Chris Gustin