Art Galleries of the Gunnison Arts Center

Every month, the galleries at the Gunnison Arts Center are filled with local and visiting artists exhibitions. Ranging from photography, sculpture, paintings, installations, community open shows and more, there is always something new and fresh to view and experience. The Main Gallery is located on the main floor in the historic portion of the building. The Upper Gallery, is located on the second floor with amazing natural light and great views of downtown Gunnison. The Galleries are free to enter and are open during regular operating hours.

First Friday ArtWalk & Gallery Openings: Gallery openings are celebrated during the First Friday of every month. Stroll down Main Street of beautiful, historic Gunnison from 5 – 8 pm on the First Friday of the month to visit unique galleries, art, artists and musicians. Join us in the Galleries of the Gunnison Arts Center for an opening reception with our featured artists and live music.

Are you an artist looking to display your work in the Galleries? The GAC is now accepting applications for 2019. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more. Applications due by August 1, 2018.

April 6th – 27th

Main Gallery: Gunnison High School Senior Excellence Exhibit
We invite the community to the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of April – to view the Gunnison High School Senior Excellence Exhibition. This show serves two purposes: one, to provide senior artists within the third and fourth year art students a creative “capstone” experience in which to display their efforts. Secondly, we also invite junior art students, currently in the third year level art, to exhibit their top favorite chosen work to exhibit – as to include them in this enriching experience and to prepare for their Senior year. Each artist’s unique style is accentuated through the use of many different medias. This fabulous exhibit is not to miss!

Upper Gallery: Heather McDonough
“Portraits of Home”

Heather McDonough, a recent Western State Colorado University graduate, will be exhibiting a brand new series exploring the idea of our human connection to the land. Rather than just plants, rocks and water, Heather portrays connection to the land through memory, both our own and those who have lived before us. “Portraits of Home” features large oil paintings and collage (wax, trash, found objects, paper, plastic, etc) and will explore how home can be intertwined with many landscapes.

May 4th – 25th

Main Gallery:
“Cirque Du Colour” Open Community Fashion & Art Show

The GAC’s popular annual Fashion and Art exhibit returns for its 7th year! “Cirque Du Colour” will celebrate color and creativity in the Gunnison Valley. The Main Gallery will be transformed into a huge colorful rainbow filled with bright fashion designs, hand-made assemblage outfits, costumes and all sorts of 2-dimensional wall art.
This is a community Open Show, where local and emerging artists have the opportunity to display their work in a dynamic and professional way. Each artist is allowed a max of three entries and all levels and mediums are welcome. $10/entry or $8/members. Submissions are due on 4/26 or 4/27. Gallery opening will be held at the First Friday ArtWalk on May 4th from 5 – 8 pm. All fashion designs entered will be worn in the annual Runway Show on Friday, May 19th. All fashion designs must have a model commitment at drop-off.
“Cirque Du Colour” Exhibit Gallery Contract

Upper Gallery: Merne Judson
“Fish, Flies & Gunnison”

Capturing the detail and color found in the simple pleasures of life is brought to the canvas in Fish, Flies and Gunnison. This collection of photography by local artist Merne Judson, is a view of Gunnison through the eye of a fly fisherman, “the beauty of the trout is far too dynamic to not be seen both in and out of the water”. Included in this show are pictures of Judson’s fly patterns and scenic views of life and fishing in the Gunnison area. All fish caught and photographed were returned safely to the water.

June 1st – 30th

Main Gallery: “A Splash of Colorado”
The Colorado Watercolor Society presents “A Splash of Colorado,” a watercolor exhibition of paintings expressing the beauty, color, and inspiration of the Colorado lifestyle. Open to all artists; membership in the Colorado Watercolor Society is encouraged. Bring out your best landscape, still life, and portrait paintings that depict what it means to live in the beautiful artist’s paradise. The show will be juried by Colorado watercolor artist, Steve Griggs, who will be giving a live demo during the First Friday Art Walk as well as a one-day workshop in conjunction with the exhibition opening.

All those interested in submitting artwork for consideration should visit Colorado Watercolor Society’s website for the prospectus and rules regarding entries for the exhibition. Registration for the workshop with Steve Griggs will be available on the CWS website soon.

Upper Gallery: Pastel and Charcoal Drawings by Gail Sovick
From her first days of journaling and sketching to her focused drawing studies at university and beyond, Gail has always been intrigued by the illusion of effortless drawings of simple line and organic form. By layering chalk pastel and charcoal on loose pencil & pen drawings and by experimenting with a variety of backgrounds and supports, she explores how subtle texture and color can create depth and beauty. Inspired by the ordinary and the small in nature, Gail enjoys the peace and tranquility that the artistic process can bring. She also enjoys sharing her love of drawing through teaching and many of the works in this show were inspired by lessons learned in past classes.

July 6th – 28th: Invitational
Sponsored by Paul and Enid Holden, this invitational is a collaborative effort to provide an accessible community venue and opportunity for talented local artists to exhibit and discuss their artwork. Artists’ lectures will begin at 6 pm during the First Friday Art Walk and gallery opening.

Main Gallery: “Rapport” by Brian Stewart

Local craftsman, Brian Stewart, brings an interactive furniture installation to the Main Gallery. This pop-up space is designed for beneficial conversation and interpersonal development. We invite you to experience, first-hand, the inexhaustible value that emerges from a deeper understanding of each other’s feelings and ideas.

Upper Gallery: “Approaching Professional” by Garnet Glaze
Have you ever wondered how many mug sales would it take to pay an artist’s rent? Chances are, probably not. Pottery derives its roots from a base-need to function and survive, but how does this translate into our capitalist ways? Join Garnet Glaze, a Gunnison local specializing in printmaking and sculpture, as she explores what it means to “make it” as an artist. During the making of “Approaching Professional” Garnet will track time, finances and mindset to tackle the issue of the broke artist.