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. Submissions due by August 1, 2018. — NOW Extended to September 1, 2018.

September 7th – 29th
Main Gallery: “Coming Home” by Connie Schlepp Weiskopf

Connie Schlepp Weiskopf is a Western Alumni and former resident of the Gunnison Valley who commands a masterful technique in her elegantly rendered watercolors. She addresses a wide range of subjects, from floral and still life images to challenging fly fishing scenes and portraiture. She draws on her personal experience and the beauty of God’s creation for her inspiration. “Coming Home” will showcase landscape paintings from the Gunnison Valley and equestrian scenes.

Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received many solo and group exhibitions and has been represented in numerous competitions and galleries, including The National, American and Rocky Mountain Watercolor Societies, Allied Artists of America, and The American Women Artists. Her work has been displayed in galleries in New York, SOHO, Houston, Denver, Vail, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe and many others. She is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Women Artists.

Upper Gallery: GAC Arts Classes Showcase
Check out all the amazing artwork that was created by students of all ages during our visual arts classes this summer. From acrylic paintings to watercolor, and mixed media art to ceramics, this showcase will encompass the imaginative and impressive work happening here, shared by all ages! This showcase may just inspire you to take an art class with us this fall.

October 5th – 27th
Main Gallery: “Luxury Ruins” by Anders Johnson

Anders Johnson lives in Gunnison, Colorado where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Western State Colorado University. As an art graduate from North Park University in Chicago, IL, he holds an MFA from Indiana University and recently appeared in the Midwest edition of New American Paintings. “Luxury Ruins” depicts paintings with compressed and bustling spaces. Inspired by anything from films and books to travel and memories, he uses a compilation of unrelated images taken from photographs. By incorporating hard edges and exaggerated perspectives to enhance the architectural characteristics of the forms, Johnson’s paintings reflect a complex reality and slightly fictionalized spaces. Anders will present a short lecture on his works and inspiration, and reflect on his residency in Greece from this past summer.

Upper Gallery: Six Points Exhibit “Watercolors Unite”
This exhibit provides a wonderful opportunity for the clients of Six Points Training and Evaluation – a local non-profit providing education, training, assistance and support to all adults with special needs and their families – to display their efforts and creativity to the entire community. These individuals have been working on their own personal body of artwork and will have them on display the whole month of October.
Their work will be silent auctioned off beginning at 5 pm and ending at 8 pm on October 5th during the ArtWalk. Art sale proceeds go back to the individual artists! Opening reception during the ArtWalk will be held in the GAC Dance Studio and Upper Gallery. “The Revenge of Daniel Muggs,” a play written by Calvin Curry, will be performed in the style of Old Time Radio Theatre in the Black Box with two showings at 7 & 8 pm during the ArtWalk & Gallery Opening.

November 2nd – 26th
Main Gallery: “Harmonious Discord”
Printmaking by Zach Goering
A Western Colorado University Art Department B.F.A. Senior Student Exhibition

“Harmonious Discord” is a visual creation influenced by music. Goering combines symmetry, organic forms, pattern, and color, creating prints and multi-media pieces, while listening to a combination of highly eclectic music. Each piece has its own soundtrack that was listened to during the creation. While Goering’s work is cohesive but not completely registered, his work creates dissonance in the eye of the viewer. The patterns and loud colors create a clashing of the eye but with a feeling of overall harmony.

Upper Gallery: “Wild Visions” Nature Photography by Arden Anderson
Arden has a passion for wandering in the wild places of the planet. As a wildlife biologist he tries to immerse himself in and understand different ecosystems and their inhabitants from the mountains of Colorado to the steaming jungles in the Amazon to the frozen tundra’s of Antarctica. As a photographer he tries to capture a bit of the beauty and magic he finds in these wild lands. As an educator he aspires to share a bit of what he has seen and learned with others in the hope of sparking or reawakening an understanding and appreciation of the natural community we are all part of.

December 4th – 22nd
Main Gallery: Holiday Market

The popular annual Holiday Market is back this December and is one stop that must make your shopping list! The Holiday Market will be featured in the Main Gallery and is full of wonderful and unique handmade gifts and art created by local artists at all price ranges. It’s a gallery wide event featuring various mediums from paintings to pottery and jewelry plus more!

The GAC is now accepting artist applications to join the Market.
Application deadline is November 21st. Any artist who submits an application will be accepted into the Market, but you must turn in an application before the deadline.

Details: $25/booth, $20/members. Booth size areas are approximately 3ft. x 6ft and may be shared between other artists. Artists must provide their own tables and decorations for their booths. Booths will be up and selling your work from December 4 – December 22, during GAC open hours and nightly events. The GAC will take 30% commission on all sold works during the Market. Every item must have an inventory number and price attached to it (ex. RG-1 $13, RG-2 $55, RG-3 $29, using your your first initials of your name.) The GAC will cut artists their checks for sold inventory in January 2019.

Upper Gallery: “Out There”
Photography by Megan West & Tyler Williams

From their first trip to Moab, to their latest trip to Switzerland, this exhibit is a collection of photographs of Megan & Tyler’s adventures through life together. “Out there things can happen and frequently do… and when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too.” ~ Dr. Seuss