Check out all that’s happening this First Friday!

Aspen Photo Art Gallery, 559 Main St. 
Aspen Photo Art Gallery, would like to invite you to a special event May 1, 5:30 – 9pm. Iced tea & goodies as long as they last. Let Naturescape fine art photographer, Larry Bennett, give you a unique and exhilarating look at fine art photography from the West, Southwest and beyond. Stop and see our new Black & White display in the Vault mini gallery. We have lots of new images on display and for sale.

The Main Street Gallery, 412 Main St. 
The Main St. Gallery will host the photography of Rob Kurtzman including his new series for The Colorado Canyons Assoc. Stop by Friday May 1 from 5-9pm, appetizers and wine will be served.

Colorado Canyons Gallery & Gifts, 623 Main St.
Join us for an evening of art, music & refreshment from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. on Friday. Music by the Palmas Duo, flamenco guitarists. “Ekphrasis”* a slide show of art & poetry reading with CMU Professor of English, Jennifer Hancock; Ridgway poet, Kierstin Bridger & Grand Junction poet & artist, Wendy Videlock 6-8 pm. Free & everyone welcome. Art Happens Here!

* Ekphrasis: from the Greek, is a graphic, dramatic description of a visual work of art. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasia, “out” and “speak”. Come learn about this time-honored fusion of visual and literary arts.

Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St. 
Oakley Gallery is proud to feature nationally renowned sculptress Daphna Russell as our demonstrating artist this 1st Friday. Noelle Goslee Smith, Gallery artist and GJ Symphony cellist, will be providing beautiful music as you visit our gallery. Many other Oakley Gallery artists will also be demonstrating. Come join us!

Art Bar
Art Bar will be open 1:30-9pm.

Mesa County Library, 5th and Grand
Opening reception Friday, 6-8pm. Tied Fly Photo Exhibit, Central Library Community Room. Join Mesa County Libraries for a reception opening a photo display honoring the artistry of fly tying. Photographs of flies tied by several experts in the region will be on display. The photos are part of 970West Digital, a new online collection of photos and videos under development by Mesa County Libraries. The show will be on display in the Central Library Gallery Corridor from May 1 until mid-June.