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.

June 1st – 30th

Main Gallery: Colorado Watercolor Society presents “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. Showcasing landscape, still life, and portrait paintings that depict what it means to live in the beautiful artist’s paradise. The show is a juried exhibition by Colorado watercolor artist, Steve Griggs. Steve will be giving a live demo during the First Friday Art Walk and Gallery Opening on Friday, June 1st, as well as a one-day workshop the very next day. You can register at the CWS website for Steve Griggs workshop.

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.

August 3 – 31
Main Gallery: “Metal Meets Fiber Arts”
by the Tuesday Night Quilters

The Tuesday Night Quilters is a diverse community of local women that meet weekly to inspire and mentor each other with different styles and interests expressed through quilts and quilting. Seeing art done by “everyday people” reinforces their belief that creativity is part of all of us. There is something magical that happens when quilts fill a room; they each magnify the beauty of their neighbor in a way that we hope is happening in our community.

Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Animals & Birds”
Celebrate the little things in life! The GAC’s annual Tiny Treasures gallery fundraiser is back in its fourth year. The Upper Gallery will feature a plethora of tiny treasures on canvas and watercolor paper, all created by local novice and professional artists. These treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit will benefit the GAC.

Sponsored by: Blick Art Materials AND
Rocky Mountain Frames & Trophies