Mountain Fair Hours, Band Announcements & Job Opening

2017 Mountain Fair Changes

BIG NEWS for the 47th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair include a later Friday night and an earlier Sunday finish. This year Friday night will go a half hour later, until 9:30, where Dirty Bourbon River Band where rock the evening away. Sunday night will end at 7:00 with the final band performing from 5-7 pm. That band will be the largest band Mountain Fair has ever seen as March 4th Marching Band will close the fair. The theme is WATER and promises to continue the great spirit of community that Mountain Fair is known for. We are looking for someone interested in a paying job with the fair, starting in 2018, who loves artists and wants to learn the Vendor Liaison position. This position is a very part time job throughout the year, with work increasing during the fair. Database and good communication skills are nessessary. The job pays $15,000 a year. If you are interested in getting involved on a deeper level with the fair please get in touch with

Mountain Fair T-Shirt Contest Changes

Applications due March 20th

New this year, the Mountain Fair Poster Design Contest will be a commission. As always, anyone is eligible to apply. Artists should submit a rough sketch of their idea for the poster design, along with 2 work samples that show the artist’s style or the style of artwork envisioned for the design. Work samples do not need to directly relate to your design sketch. Carbondale Arts will work with the winning artist (chosen by a jury) to create the final poster. The winner will receive $650 and 5 t-shirts! This year’s Mountain Fair theme is WATER.

Submissions are due by March 20 (delivered, not postmarked) and should have the artist’s name and contact info on the back of the entry if applicable. Handmade and digital entries are welcome. Email to or mail to 76 S 4th Street, Carbondale, CO, 81623 (ATTN: Poster Contest). For more information, call us at (970) 963.1680.

Proposals for Gallery Exhibitions in 2018 now available

due May 1, 2017

Carbondale Arts is seeking proposals for gallery exhibitions for the 2018 calendar year. We strive to showcase a balance of exhibitions that reflect the various aspects of the Roaring Fork community and beyond: a mix of emerging and established artists, solo and group shows, opportunities for educational experiences, and new ideas and techniques perhaps not previously seen in our gallery.

Proposals may be for an exhibition of your own work, or a group show (juried or invitational). Two and three dimensional works, as well as video installations will be considered. Please include at least 4 images of proposed works or installations with your proposal which would be consistent with the style of work shown.  We host eight to ten exhibitions a year in the R2 gallery, sometimes more if exhibitions may be split between the two gallery rooms. Exhibitions are on display for about three to five weeks.

Please review the Carbondale Arts’ Gallery Protocol for further details regarding R2 Gallery policies and procedures including sales commissions, a gallery floor plan, shipping, and insurance. This document is available on our website at, as well as at our office in The Launchpad.  Deadline for receipt of 2018 calendar year proposals is May 1, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed in May and June, and all applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal no later than July 14, 2017. Further details will be required from finalists before scheduling exhibition dates.

Download the 2018 Proposal for Exhibition by clicking the link below, then save to your computer, fill out, save again and send to or print and bring to our office at The Launchpad.

Sign Up for Creative District Inventory

with the Carbondale Creative District

The Carbondale Creative District (CCD) is about to unleash the visible beginnings of three years of hard work by many in the community. Starting in May, way finding signage will roll out along the Rio Grande ArtWay, The Crystal Trail and our Main Street Creative District core.

In conjunction with the wayfinding signs, inventory icons and logo design, which will start springing up to bring visual interest and direction to the public, we are in the process of building a web page housing The Carbondale Creative Industry Inventory. This page provides a listing of your name or business, a photo, location (which automatically populates on our Carbondale map), contact information and a weblink. This inventory will be accessible from kiosks throughout town for the use of locals and visitors alike. Your listing will be searchable through your creative industry category, as well as through keywords and the listing will include a map with your business location. These kiosks are in collaboration with the Carbondale Business Chamber and Carbondale Tourism.

Carbondale’s Creative Industries are divided into the following categories: 1. Design, Media and Innovation; 2. Visual Arts; 3. Performing Arts; 4. Healing Arts; 5. Culinary Arts; 6. Cultural Heritage which includes local food production, ranching and history

Each category has a color and icon to identify it visually. The icons will be on the signs. The CCD has a 4” sticker of our logo in the color that relates to your industry. We have you listed under Healing Arts and we hope you will display the sticker somewhere in your business to create visual connection and identity.

The CCD is picking up the cost of most of this but is asking our creatives to help get us increased visibility and economy for Carbondale and for you. An individual creative or artist: $25.00 a year for listing and sticker. A Business of two or more: $50.00 a year for listing and sticker. If you cannot pay this cost, but want to be listed we have a number of scholarships available. Your quick response is much appreciated.

Along with the increased CCD marketing efforts, Carbondale will receive increased promotion from the State of Colorado Tourism Council and the Colorado Creative Industries. Carbondale is poised to receive our official state certification as a district this summer. You can sign up for a listing and sticker at: or mail in your info to: Carbondale Arts, PO Box 175, 81623. We will have some of the signage and icons up by the Colorado Creative Industries Summit in Carbondale, May 4-6! For questions and more information call Amy at 970.963.1680