Rudis (Origin, Interpretation, Place)
July 7 - August 4, 2017
The exhibition Rudis (Origin, Interpretation, Place) examined the mutability of meaning as it pertains to objects, ideas, symbols or spaces. As all things exist on a continuum from origin to ultimate end, this exhibition asked questions about various materials and phenomena, and their place in the context of now.
This exhibition, which opened on First Friday, July 7 from 6-8pm, featured the work of Elizabeth Ferrill, Sam Harvey, Jay Phillips and Andrew Roberts Gray. Disciplines included painting, sculpture, sound and mixed-media installation.
Learn more about Rudis here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/rudis-origin-interpretation-place/
June 2 - 30, 2017
Carbondale Arts presented "Correspondence" with an opening reception on First Friday, June 2, from 6-8pm.
Six initiating artists each corresponded with a fellow artist beginning October of 2016. These correspondences were sent and received via the postal system in the tradition of Mail Art. For many of the artists this was the only means of communication between them, forcing an exploration of the intimacy of conversation through the physical exchange of letters/art works. By using the postal system they invited an unknown variable that has left markings, possible delays or losses, and included the postal workers as audience members. In this day and age of fast-paced digital communication these artists did their best to honor the tradition of Mail Art.
Learn more about the artists in the show, as well as take a virtual tour of the gallery here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/correspondence/
Within & Without: A Unique Look At Carbondale
May 5 - 26, 2017
Over the past couple years, the Drinker Durrance team has been prowling the streets and alleys of Carbondale with their iPhones, capturing unusual glimpses of our funky little town. Everyday items take on a new dimension when seen through the eyes of this world famous team of photographers. Susan Groome Drinker and her husband Dick Durrance share a way of seeing which first drew them together in 1984 and has been a common thread in their personal work ever since. Visual metaphor and connection with the natural world drives their passion for seeing the unseen, infusing the abstract with allegorical inferences and intertwining reality with personal myth. Their images can be what ever the viewer wishes them to be, and more. Layers of possibilities unfold with each viewing and the take-away is personal for each interaction.
Learn more about this show here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/within-without-unique-look-carbondale
Fresh Perceptions: Middle and High School Students Discovering Ordinary Magic
May 5 - 26, 2017
Fresh Perceptions used the practice of Contemplative Photography to invite the photographer to see the world through unfiltered eyes; without bias, judgment, expectations or labels. By just seeing directly what enters into the field of vision, a fresh perception occurred. Rather than looking for the perfect photo or image, young photography students were trained to focus their attention on color, pattern and texture. As they began to view the world in this way, the spectrum of life, in turn, opened up and expanded.
Curator Nannette Weinhold teaches this photography to not only capture beautiful images, but equally important, to help youth learn how to mindfully allow all of life to enter consciousness, and to see the beauty and opportunity in all that life presents.
Fresh Perceptions opened on First Friday, May 5, from 6-8pm at The Launchpad and was on display concurrently with another photography exhibition by Sue Drinker & Dick Durrance entitled “Within & Without: A Unique Look At Carbondale”.
Learn more about "Fresh Perceptions" here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/fresh-perceptions-middle-high-school-students-discovering-ordinary-magic/
5Point Film: The Mountains Are Calling
April 21 - April 28, 2017
Opening Reception was on Friday, April 21, from 4:30-6:30pm at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad.
This body of work was an invitation from our public lands. It was a call from home, a beckoning to return to the places that have defined us and our relationship to the land. It was a provocative love letter from the lands that have captured us as artists and the very essence of what it feels like to be pulled into a place again and again. It was a celebration of what lies beyond the daily landscape of our lives and what we unavoidably can not live without.
Featured artists included Kelsey Brasseur, Jeremy Collins, Amy Martin, Kelly Peters, Sarah Uhl, and Carl Zoch.
Learn more about this exhibition here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/5point-film-mountains-calling/
The Alaprima Painters: Watercolorists of the Roaring Fork Valley
March 24 - April 14, 2017
Carbondale Arts hosted the opening reception for The Alaprima Painters on Friday, March 24, from 6-8pm with the artists present. They each brought a variety of backgrounds and experiences to the group. Alaprima’s main goals are to inspire each another and share the joy of watercolor painting, while improving our skills along the way.
This exhibition featured the artists’ current work and presented a variety of subjects unique styles. Other artists in the group included Sandy Francis, Ann Gaechter, Doug Graybeal, Stephanie McConaughy, Carla Reed, and Barbara Easton Smith. With love and gratitude, The Alaprima Painters dedicated this show to Sarah (Tootie) Peterson, who is a friend, mentor, and teacher. An Aspen native, Sarah is an extraordinary watercolor artist who has inspired many to love watercolor and to paint with joy.
Learn more about The Alaprima Painters exhibition here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/the-alaprima-painters/
February 24 - March 17, 2017
Incandescence showcased a new collection of encaustic paintings by artist and designer Erin Rigney as well as a group glass exhibition curated by Robert Burch, highlighting the styles of 9 artists working in and around the Roaring Fork Valley. Burch displayed his new series of 'Material Studies', a fascinating integration of glass and metal, including works of bronze cast into hollow glass forms. Debuting in her first solo show, Rigney’s encaustic abstractions explored atmospheric designs in shells and the unsung art that washes up upon our shores.
Invited glass artists included Jacqueline Balderson, José Chardiet, Mary Matchael, Lily Meadows, Shannon Muse, TJ Ossola, and Pat Winger.
Opening reception was on Friday, February 24, from 6-8pm, with the artists present.
More information about this show here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/incandescence/
37th Annual Valley Visual Art Show
January 13 - February 17, 2017
The Valley Visual Art Show is one of the longest-standing community art shows committed to showing the work of local artists. VVAS began in 1980 as a venue for local artists to share their artwork with the public. VVAS still provides this opportunity, especially for artists new to the area and budding artists, but the show has also become both a salute to the wide variety of artistic talents in our area and a time to bring the artist community together. This show featured 50 Roaring Fork Valley artists and includes two and three dimensional work created in with wide variety of media. We were thrilled to have received work from many new artists as well as many long time local artists from the Roaring Fork Valley.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/37th-annual-valley-visual-art-show/
Deck The Walls: An Artisanal Market
November 18 - December 30, 2016
Presented each holiday season by Carbondale Arts, Deck The Walls is carefully juried and open to artists and craftspeople all over the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado. Our goal is to provide vendors with an exceptional venue for their unique wares and to offer our community a chance to take home thoughtful and well-made local and regional goods.
Carbondale Arts is cultivating a vibrant collective of local and regional artists, designers, and hand-makers for this year’s Deck The Walls. We strive to help small businesses grow and to encourage community to engage and connect with the artisans while supporting our local economy during the holidays.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/deck-walls-artisanal-market/
Alloy: From Art To Artifact
October 7 - November 4, 2016
Curated by Natasha Seedorf and Olivia Pevec, ALLOY was an exploration of metals as material. It was a conversation about art, craft and artifact and an examination of what makes a thing an example of one or the other and where they cross. The periodic table of elements shows us 89 metals in the known universe. They are in our blood and in our food. We pry them from the earth, purify, process and mix them to meet a vast array of needs. From medicine, to warfare, infrastructure to fashion, metals are a part of every aspect of our lives.
Featured metal artists included Haley Bates, Mark Cesark, Allison Finn, Matt Haugh, Olivia Pevec, Natasha Seedorf, Ira Sherman, and Reina Katzenberger.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/alloy/
Feverish Migrations: Engravings by Johanna Mueller & Poetry by Cameron Scott
October 7 - November 4, 2016
Feverish Migrations brought together poetry by Cameron Scott and engraved prints by Johanna Mueller. Cameron is a winner of the 2016 Blue Light Book Award for his recent work, “The Book of Cold Mountain” a collection of poems illustrated by Johanna, who uses animals in her artwork to express her vulnerability, spirituality in conjunction with nature, and awe of the natural world.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/feverish-migrations/
Vantage Points: Works by Patricia Ringer & Laura G. Thorne
September 9 - 30, 2016
Vantage Points featured paintings by Patricia Ringer and mixed media sculpture by Laura G. Thorne. Patricia’s series of paintings entitled, “Ambiguity,” came about as a radical attempt to break out of realism and the thought, “If I could paint something that evoked a personal story…what would that look like?” In her work, Laura focuses on the duality of the physical being of matter and its psychic projections on the imagination; seeing the real and imagined simultaneously.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/vantage-points-works-patricia-ringer-laura-g-thorne/
Carbondale Clay National XI: The Intimacy of Scale
August 5 - 29, 2016
Carbondale Arts partnered with the Carbondale Clay Center for their eleventh annual Clay National exhibition. 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 featured ceramic art taking on the less-traditional approach of working on either a more intimate or more monumental scale. Shown in two galleries in Carbondale, CO, the Carbondale Clay Center and Carbondale Arts' R2 Gallery both showed ceramic works 8x8x8” or smaller as well as 24x24x24” or larger.
More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/clay-national-xi-the-intimacy-of-scale/
From Our Valley To The World: Four National Geographic Photographers
July 1 through 30, 2016
Presented in honor of Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary and curated by Andrea Wallace, Anderson Ranch’s Artistic Director of Photography and New Media. The show was comprised of the work of David Hiser, Dick Durrance, Nicholas DeVore III, and Peter McBride, 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.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, based in Snowmass Village, Colorado, celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016, and Carbondale Arts was proud to partner with the Ranch on this exhibition, which transported visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. More information at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/valley-world-four-national-geographic-photographers/
Mandalas: Paintings by Richard Carter
June 3 through 24, 2016
This was a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by artist Richard Carter. His exhibition at The Launchpad used the mandala’s form as a meditation in painting which invokes science and geometry while making a splash with elements of intense color. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/mandalas-considered-new-paintings-richard-carter/
Renascence: Bowlby, Kemp, Sprick, Tonozzi
April 29 through May 27, 2016
Featured original works by Daniel Sprick, Dean Bowlby, Andrea Kemp and Gregory Tonozzi. The term “renascence” is an older term for “renaissance” and refers to a renewal, or revival, in the world of the classical arts and the spirit of learning and culture. Each of these now established and highly respected artists had their beginnings here in the Roaring Fork Valley and it was a great honor for Carbondale Arts to host their masterfully crafted paintings and sensual, tactile sculptures.
More about the artists at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/renascence-sprick-bowlby-kemp-tonozzi/
Private Lives: Paintings by Shelly Safir Marolt
April 1 through 22, 2016
This show introduced us to a cast of characters based on photographs and films of the artist's family. Marolt's initial inspiration and source materials were home movies of her father’s childhood dating from the 1930’s. Her current works are often based on photographs taken by her talented 14 year-old daughter, offering more recent glimpses of her private life. The characters in her paintings seem familiar yet mysterious, and her images suggest a feeling of motion and fleeting time. While the majority of works were paintings on canvas, the exhibition also included several portraits painted on plaid flannel shirts and an old jacket, an abstract painting executed on a discarded chair cushion, and a mixed media fabric piece entitled "Katherine".
The exhibition was curated by Pam Taylor and Laura Stover, and featured a catalog with essays by Heidi Zuckerman and Enrique Martinez Celaya. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/private-lives-paintings-by-shelly-safir-marolt/
Wilderness Workshop: Artists In Wilderness Residencies
March 4 through 25, 2016
For the past five years the Wilderness Workshop has sponsored a residency program which honors artists who produce work inspired by the lands that Wilderness Workshop helps to protect. Accompanied by seasoned guides, the selected artists spend concentrated time in wilderness areas surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley and are encouraged to share their responses to that experience through their artwork.
This exhibit consisted of a diverse mix of two and three dimensional works, ranging from traditional representations to contemporary abstractions and experimentations. It demonstrated varying approaches to utilizing nature for inspiration to create art. It appealed to artists, art lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Artists included Joan Engler, Michael Kinsley, Nancy Lovendahl, Jill Scher, Sylvia Emery Wilhelm and Ellen Woods. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/wilderness-workshop-colorado-artists-in-wilderness-residencies
March 4 through 25, 2016
This exhibition explored photographer Greg Watts’ response to the varying wall structures in his travels. Walls are everywhere. For security, warmth, defense or just to hold up a roof. Brick, concrete, wood, stone, mud and timber. Sometimes the wall is just built, with what is at hand, clinging to some cliff above the Mediterranean, or a remote canyon in Utah. Architect Louis Kahn designed the meticulous walls of the Salk Institute out of concrete, achieving something timeless, permanent. The beautifully joined log walls near Thompson Creek are inefficient yet sturdy, using materials at hand. Brick walls line our streets and alleys, yet every building is unique. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/walls/
36th Annual Valley Visual Art Show
January 15 through February 20, 2016
The 36th Annual Valley Visual Art Show featured the artwork of over 65 Roaring Fork Valley artists and includes sculpture and ceramics, paintings and drawings, collage and printmaking, as well as photography, video, textiles and more. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/36th-annual-valley-visual-art-show/
Deck the Walls: A Holiday Show
November 20 through December 30, 2015
For the holiday season, Carbondale Arts transformed the R2 Gallery into a shop filled with artisanal goods created by local and regional artists. This exhibition featured remarkable handcrafted items such as candles, wool hats and gloves, silk scarves, jewelry, blown glass, functional ceramics, one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, cards and so much more. More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/deck-walls-artisanal-market/
October 2 through November 6, 2015
In this exhibition, three artists discussed the unpredictable vagaries and synchronicities of their lives. They worked with three disparate sets of circumstances, three geographical locations and three creative expressions in different media. In CrossCurrents, artists Lynette O’Kane, Meris Barreto and Wendy Prellwitz combined their varied energies and mediums into a unified presentation.
Curated by Glenwood Springs artist Lynette O’Kane, this exhibit visually articulated the seemingly random animations of wind and water while exploring underlying patterns and themes to this apparent chaos. The exhibit included an installation of delicate wire-constructed tumbleweeds, plaster & encaustic wall works depicting clouds and weather patterns as well as monoprints representing the movement and flow of water.
More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/crosscurrents/
Square Footage: Art in Redux
August 14 through September 25, 2015
Carbondale Arts presented a spatially dynamic (and challenged!) six-week exhibition entitled Square Footage: Art In Redux. It was open to the public August 14 through September 25 at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad at 76 S. 4th Street in Carbondale. Participating artists Jay Phillips, Reina Katzenberger, Penelope Anne Greenwell, Wallace Graham, John Emerson, and dancers of CoMotion: a conscious movement project received up to sixteen square feet in which to install (or perform) their work. After two weeks each artist’s space was reduced by 50%, requiring the artists to respond, reconfigure, and reduce their work. After another two weeks, the space was reduced for a second and final time by an additional 50%. The curators documented each stage of the exhibition in order for viewers to witness the changes over the course of the exhibition. Each reduction of square footage was followed by a public gallery with the opening reception on August 14 from 6-8pm, Reduction #1 on September 4 from 6-8pm and Reduction #2 on September 17th which included a dance performance by CoMotion, who shared their three dance installations in one sitting.
More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/square-footage-art-in-redux/
12 by 2: A Conversation Between Poets and Visual Artists
June 12 through August 1, 2015
Carbondale Arts presented “12 by 2: A Conversation Between Poets and Visual Artists”, a collaborative exhibition between twelve poets and twelve visual artists, which opened to the public on Friday, June 12, at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad, located at 76 S. 4th St., Carbondale. The 12 by 2 exhibition was curated by fiber artist Jill Scher and featured painters, ceramicists, sculptors, photographers, and fiber artists each of whom were paired with a poet to inspire one another to create new works.
More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/12-by-2-a-conversation-between-poets-and-visual-artists
Walk With Me: A Photographic Narrative
May 8 through June 5, 2015
Walk With Me was a unique display of images photographed by women who were participants in the Valley Settlement Project. VSP is a dual generation Roaring Fork Valley program focused on school readiness, elementary school achievement, economic stability and community engagement for local families who are not yet successfully settled or attached to the community in which they live. The wonder of photography is that, with just a basic understanding of a few rules, one is suddenly empowered with an artistic voice, a visual language and a vehicle for shared experience and thought.
The images in the exhibit, coupled with narrative from the artists, gave members of the Roaring Fork Valley the opportunity to look into and share a world which is rich with culture and vitality and perhaps unfamiliar or unknown. It was a unique opportunity to get to know your neighbors better in a positive and open atmosphere.
More at http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/walk-with-me/
State of Abstraction
March 20 - May 1, 2015
State of Abstraction, curated by Dave Durrance, opened in the R2 Gallery Friday, March 20th. This new exhibition features works by Shelley Bogaert, Mark Brendon Smith, Amy Butowicz, Judy Hancock, Nancy Kullgren, Suzannah Reid, and Ellen Woods. These artists present a wide array of styles and forms through their own unique translations of space, color, and texture in this compelling exhibition: a true celebration of abstract expression through compositional paintings and sculpture. The R2 Gallery is located in The Launchpad at 76 S. 4th Street, Carbondale.
Learn more about this exhibition here: http://www.carbondalearts.com/r2-gallery/state-abstraction/