Signature Downtown Event

Downtown Art Festival

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The 1st Annual Downtown Art Festival kicks off on October 7th during First Friday. Visit Downtown galleries and local businesses to see local talent displayed in various forms of artwork. The Festival continues on October 8th with the installation of the 2016 Art on the Corner temporary exhibit. Wander through Downtown galleries and businesses that are hosting artists and performances of all kinds throughout the day on Saturday as well. 

ARTISTS and GALLERIES

Crystal Books and Gifts – Virginia Jensen – bead work demonstration Friday until 8pm, Saturday until 5:30pm
The Main St. Gallery – Friday: Cindy Sampson, Reception from 5-9 pm, Saturday Flat Top Reed Duo 1-4pm
Mesa County Libraries – Saturday 10-4 pm: Comic con
Grand Valley Books – Local Potter Ron Cloyd demonstrating. Discounts on local photography, art books 10% off. more info
Colorado Canyons Gallery – First Friday from 5:30-8:00 we are hosting the Symphony Guild as they present 48 masks created by artists to be auctioned off at the Symphony gala on Nov. 12. We will display the masks for the month of October. We will have demonstrating artists throughout the day on the 8th.
Out West Books – Open late for First Friday featuring a collection of art and photography books.
A Robin’s Nest of Treasures and Antiques – Open late for First Friday, featuring Daguerreotype Photo Booth (more info). Artists demonstrating in the Robin’s Nest gallery during the festival.
437CO  – CMU’s Gallery: First Friday Opening Reception, Friday, October 7, 5-9PM; Artist Talk 5:30PM, Open Saturday 12-5pm. more info
Art on the Corner Installation – Saturday, 10/8, starting at 7am.
Pollux Clothing Company – Featuring Artist Kate Keaney. more info
Uncanny Valley Art Gallery  – Nevermore, an Evening of Edgar Allan Poe, Friday and Gallery open on Saturday more info
The Art Center at Five 60 Salon – Featuring Art Unleashed, a show to benefit Roice-Hurst and the Art Center. Open for First Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday.
Art Bar – Featuring Artist Marilyn K. Anderson Wilcox, First Friday 5:30-8pm. more info
Colorado Baby  – Featuring an artist, balloon artist Willy! Saturday 10/8, 1-4pm.
Avalon Theatre – Alpha Family Children’s Movie Festival staring at 3pm. more info
Margery Building Open Art Studios –  523 1/2 Main Street upstairs, open for First Friday and on Saturday 12-5pm.
Museum of the West – Edgar Allan Poe Reception October 7, 6-9 pm at the Whitman Building more info
Estilos Salon – Featuring Artist Claudia Neilson Saturday, October 8, 10am-5pm, Alcohol Ink Demonstration.
The Art Center @ the Avalon –  Saturday, 10/8, the Art Center will be hosting pottery demonstrations on the Avalon Theatre front sidewalk.
Bella Balsamic – Featuring Artist Sara Trappett Saturday, October 8, 11am-3pm.
Working Artists Gallery – Featuring local members of the photography club. Open late for First Friday until 9pm and again on Saturday.
Strive Uniquely Yours –  Featuring artwork from several of their in-house artists First Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. more info
Empty Bowls at the Soup Kitchen  –245 S. 1st Street, between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Each year potters craft and donate soup bowls. Restaurants donate gourmet soups. more info
Aspen Photo Art Gallery – Featuring photographer Larry Bennet. Located at Main Street Bagels
The Art Center @ Toys for the Fun of it – Featuring a kids art project – Peanut Butter Pinecone Bird Feeders Saturday 10/8 10am-5pm.
The Palette – Pastel artist Lorraine Sells will be be demonstrating her process Friday evening in the front lobby at The Palette. Stop by to see a collection of her work.
Gelato Junction – featuring Audrey Bjorklund all weekend.  Discounts on her artwork with a purchase of an ice cream/gelato.

aRT – Art on the Riverfront Trail – October 15, 2016
8 local artists will paint their original murals on the piers and skirts of the overpasses on the Riverfront Trail as the kick off for aRT – Art on the Riverfront Trail.Beginning at 9:00 am and going throughout the day, the public is invited to come watch artists in action painting murals at four locations along the Riverfront Trail:

Redlands Parkway: Jeremy Velasquez & Jerad Slates

Lower No Thoroughfare: Nikkeya Gray & Matt Goss

Riverside 340: Onyx Cly-Peek & Jason Bradham

Hwy 50: Rachel DeWeber & Nyssa Capps

MUSIC

Charlie Dwellington’s – Saturday 5-8 pm: HooDoo HEDZ
Ella’s Blues Room – Oct. 7th – Johnson County Coroners (8:30-11:30pm), Oct. 8th – Two Faces West (8:30-11:30pm)
Mesa Theater  – Cryptic Wisdom, October 8th, 8pm, All Ages more info

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