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Carbondale visual artist Wewer Keohane wants to help fund a project that uses creative expression to address mental health issues. 

 

Keohane credits art with saving her life. After a breast cancer diagnosis, she struggled with depression. Creating art helped fuel her will to live.  

 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

 


Murals are perhaps the most public of public art, available to anyone who happens to be walking by.  Creating murals is pretty public, too.  L.A. artist Bunnie Reiss was in Carbondale last week to paint a forty-five-foot-tall wall on the side of Batch above the Third Street Plaza.

 

Since Reiss’ canvas is a towering wall, her studio is a hydraulic lift. It shuttles her up and down and side to side as she paints a forty-foot-tall deer, surrounded by purple columbines and other native Colorado flowers.   

Artist Saxon Martinez looks at traditional Mexican imagery in an exhibition opening Friday in Carbondale called “Site 1.”

The Valley Visual art exhibition at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale is the longest-standing open-call art show in the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s open to all artists with an area code that starts with 8-1-6. The show features an eclectic mix of local art, a lot of which comes from non-professional artists. Some are hobbyists who know this is only place they’ll be able to exhibit their work all year. Others see it as a career move, a way to get a foot in the door in the art world.  

The first in a series of exhibits featuring artists from Colorado’s 23 state-certified creative districts opens Friday in Glenwood Springs.  

Renee Ramge

Carbondale's 2019 Green Is The New Black fashion show is looking for models. 

It’s the eleventh year for the fashion and performance art extravaganza, which features sustainable clothing designs from over a dozen local and national designers.  

 

Art is creative and personal, yes, but often art is business, as well. Navigating the legal issues that come with that is a necessary, but sometimes daunting, part of life for creatives. Last week, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts brought creative law expert Dave Ratner to Carbondale for a workshop for local artists and lawyers.

Tuesday is the final day for the public to vote for “Best in Show” in Carbondale’s 2018 "Art Around Town."

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A new exhibit at Carbondale’s R2 Gallery highlights modern twists on one of the oldest art forms...printmaking.  

Claire Woodcock

Carbondale is looking for input from artists on a potential mixed-use housing development. An online survey is the next step in an ongoing collaboration between the town and national nonprofit Artspace, which helps communities build affordable housing for creatives.

Deborah Colley

Wednesday night in Carbondale, citizens and artists can work together to promote public lands.

Carbondale local Deborah Colley is adding an element to her film, “Letters to Congress: A WILD Sanity,” with the goal of expanding the impact of the film.

Carbondale, Salida, Crested Butte, Paonia and Ridgway are all certified creative districts here on Colorado’s Western Slope. This means they’ve been recognized by the state as having a concentration of arts organizations and a plethora of cultural opportunities. They’ve joined forces with the Colorado Tourism Office to comprise the new Colorado Creative Corridor.  

David Kodama

The Roaring Fork Valley is an artists’ mecca, and area artists say the community here is unusually close.  Because of that support, the valley just might have a signature aesthetic: collaborative art.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is made up of dancers from Palestine and the U.S.  The company uses contemporary dance to tell the stories of underrepresented communities. They’ve performed at universities, museums and U.N. refugee schools all over the world. They were in Carbondale for the past week for a residency with valley nonprofit, Dance Initiative.

Claire Woodcock

Artspace is a nonprofit that looks at the feasibility of building affordable spaces for a community’s arts and culture sector. Last week, it gave the town of Carbondale its recommendations on creating more housing for artists.  

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On Friday, a collaborative art show, “Word is Bond,” opens in Carbondale.  Arts reporter Christin Kay spoke with the the artists, who likened the process to a conversation.  

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Carbondale artists are working together to design a gateway to welcome visitors to the Rio Grande ARTway in the town.  

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The Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza opens tonight at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. The event features volunteer fashion models who walk the runway in original designs that incorporate reused materials. The show is a big hit in Carbondale, selling out five years in a row. Claire Woodcock went to the first, full-cast rehearsal to get a behind-the-scenes peak.

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On Wednesday, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission will discuss the finalists for the annual “Art Around Town” public art exhibition.

 

Renee Ramge

There are 100 hopefuls for 50 remaining booths at Carbondale’s Mountain Fair this year.

Week in the Arts: February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018

On Tuesday, there will be a book talk and signing with novelist Christina Baker Kline starting at 6 pm at Paepcke Auditorium as part of Aspen Words Winter Words series.

 

Wednesday at the Aspen Chapel Gallery, STILL/LIFE, a mixed media show, opens starting at 5 pm.

 

Courtesy of the Town of Carbondale

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission is seeking fifteen new outdoor street sculptures for the annual “Art Around Town” program.

Carbondale Arts’ annual fashion show seeking models

Jan 4, 2018
Beth White

Carbondale Arts’ 10th Annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza is coming up. And the non-profit is looking for models to strut their stuff.

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

The national nonprofit Artspace was in Carbondale last week to help the town look into creating affordable living and work spaces for artists and arts organizations.

Claire Woodcock

  

Carbondale is in the midst of a feasibility study for affordable housing with the national nonprofit Artspace.

Claire Woodcock

The Rio Grande ARTway project in Carbondale has been years in the making. This fall, design on the first of three parks along the trail has begun with the Latino Folk Art Garden.

Curated: Oct. 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017

This week on Curated is all about change makers. The valley's Latino community leaves their mark for generations to come, through art. A woman who grew up in the Taliban has created the only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. Also, conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner reflects on his legacy.

Week in the Arts: Oct. 30, 2017

Oct 29, 2017

 

Welcome to an especially spooky week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Tuesday, in celebration of Halloween, the Red Brick Center for the Arts and Aspen Recreation Center present Boo Bash! Food, games and art at the Aspen Fire Station start at 3 p.m.

 

Then, on Tuesday night, there will be a Halloween Dance Party with partner dancing in the Round Room at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. It all starts at 7 p.m.

 

Week in the Arts: Oct.16, 2017

Oct 16, 2017

Welcome to the beginning of another colorful week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

On Monday, Carbondale Arts’ Rosybelle Mobile Maker Space presents a Beyond the Street Sew Class: Creations, Costumes and Accessories, at 3:30 p.m. on 4th Street in town.

 

Humpty Dumpty named 'Best In Show'

Oct 10, 2017
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At Carbondale’s Potato Day this Saturday, the Humpty Dumpty sculpture, which sits on the wall outside the library, was named “Best In Show” for this year’s Art Around Town contest.

 

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