Mountain Fair Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Deadline for design idea: April 10

The 48th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Theme is….Rainbow Connection and any interested artists may submit an idea for the poster and a rough sketch of idea, along with 2 work samples. A jury will choose a design and we will work with the artist to create the final poster. The chosen artist will receive $650 and 5 t-shirts. All submissions should have your name and contact info on the back of the entry. Handmade and digital entries are welcome. For more information call us at 963.1680 or email

Artist Grants Available

Applications Available February 20

Carbondale Arts is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Artist Fellowship Program. The AFP is for artists and creatives of any genre living in a ZIP code beginning with “816” and who need some funding to help them further their career, their art, or their ideas. These grants are highly competitive; thorough, passionate and well thought out responses are encouraged when filling out the application.

There are three categories:
The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship
The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant
The Carbondale Arts Fellowship

The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship awards $1,000 and has no restrictions on use. This fellowship can help an artist develop a vision, buy supplies or rent rehearsal space, it can help with residency or workshop fees or for marketing. The uses are limitless. This fellowship honors local Alleghany Meadows, who has contributed so much to furthering the arts in Carbondale. Alleghany started, and maintains, the Studio for Art + Works (S.A.W.), and has served on the Board of the Carbondale Clay Center.

The Ro Mead Community Arts Grant awards up to $1,000 and will be awarded to projects that involve and cultivate community. This can be for community based projects such as a public art project or involvement in our schools. This is open to organizations or individuals. Collaborations are highly encouraged.  Ro Mead, the former executive director of Carbondale Arts, was passionate about art education and community. She helped start First Fridays and The Carbondale Public Art Commission. Rosybelle Mobile Maker bus is her legacy and named after Ro Mead. Grant funded by J. Frost + Carly Merriott.

The Carbondale Arts Fellowship awards up to $1,000 and is geared toward emerging artists looking to further their artistic career. Some possible uses for this grant are: continuing education, purchasing supplies, developing a body of work, creating a website. The Carbondale Arts mission is, “building community through art” with a focus on providing support and opportunity for local artists. This grant calls to local emerging artists to make the step toward a more solid involvement in the arts. Funded by Carbondale Arts.

Applications will be available starting February 20th. The deadline for applications will be 5pm, April 5th, 2019.

Valley Visual Art Show People’s Choice Award Winners

39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show

Announcing the winners of our 39th Annual Valley Visual Art Show People’s Choice Awards! In first place, with 23 votes, we have “Sopris Sketches”, a double-sided Yule marble sculpture by Judy Fox-Perry. And in second place, with 19 votes, is “The Whisper”, an oil and cold wax medium on panel work by Staci Dickerson. Judy wins $100 and 2 Friday night tickets to our sold out Green Is The New Black Fashion Extravaganza: OZ. Staci wins $50 and a Saturday night ticket. Congrats! And thank you to all who voted; we received nearly 300 votes over the past 4 weeks. If you haven’t yet visited the R2 Gallery to see this show, featuring 50 artworks by 50 local artists, it closes at 5pm next Friday, February 22! We’re open weekdays 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2…don’t miss it!

Rio Grande ARTway Update

Archway, Youth Art Park and a Mural

Believe it or not, the Rio Grande ARTway will host a beautiful arch created by many local artists, architects and visionaries. Led by Olivia Pevec the arch infrastructure was created by Stuart Edgerly and Steve Novy and Isaac Ellis from GreenLine Architects. Evolve Structural Engineers made sure the structure will be sound. Artists such as Bill Morrow, Wewer and Steve Keohane, Joe Burleigh, Shannon Muse, Jim and Sherrill Hawkins, Jim Mason, Crystal Glass Studios, Laura Stover, Olivia Pevec and more will be adding their special touches to the arch. RA Nelson Construction will oversee the installation in the early spring. Get ready to be wowed! The arch will be installed at DeRail Park, the entrance of the Rio Grande ARTway from Hwy. 133.
Carbondale Arts is working with youth from the Carbondale Middle Schools on the design of the Youth Art Park, the final park along the ARTway. This will be located behind Town Hall and will integrate with the parks all ready located there.
Artist Valerie Rose is working with local students on a mural that will live in the Latino Folk Art Garden. The design will focus on Latino Folk Art Styles and is funded through an Arts In Society grant.
Stay tuned for lots of opportunities to get involved in keeping the ARTway beautiful and thriving!