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Artist Brian Colley Illustrates 'Mask On, Carbondale' Initiative

Town of Carbondale

Earlier this week, Carbondale officials launched a campaign encouraging residents to wear face coverings in public due to COVID-19. 

As part of the “Mask On, Carbondale” initiative, residents can expect to see Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head posters reminding them to wear masks around town. The town's Emergency Task Force tapped local artist and Carbondale Arts gallery manager Brian Colley to do the illustration, which was designed in collaboration with town officials and Carbondale’s creative district.

"It's kind of hard to make something inspiring and get people's attention during this time," said Colley. "Carbondale was such a potato-centric town back in the day, and I thought it could be relevant to unite Carbondale in that way."

The posters are printed in English and Spanish, and will be available for business owners to hang in restaurants and shops while social distancing protocols are still in place. Carbondale's Board of Trustees was supposed to vote on a mandatory mask order on Tuesday, May 12, but that meeting has been postponed until Tuesday, May 19.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of the story reported that the Board of Trustees meeting was postponed until Monday, May 19. 


Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.