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 October 1, 2018.

January 5th

Main Gallery: Angus Reid
Angus Reid is an oil painter. He is of Scottish origin and currently lives in South Africa with his wife, Linda. His painting style reflects his interest in abstraction and the expressive use of color. He employs textured surfaces and abstract designs to express his interest in landscape, the natural environment and social comment. Angus Reid’s oil paintings will be on silent auction throughout the entire month of January, opening on the First Friday ArtWalk January 5th.

Upper Gallery: Gunnison Arts Center Staff & Instructor Exhibit
Every winter, the Gunnison Arts Center celebrates the talent that makes up the core of the organization with an annual Staff and Instructor exhibition. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students. May this creative exhibit inspire wonder, joy and the courage to explore yourself through art… it may just move you to take a class with us this year!

February 2nd

Main Gallery: Ivana Crone
“Wild Mustangs of the American West Mountains”

The wild horses galloping across the vast plains bring to us the very soul of the Freedom, Beauty and Passion of the American West. Ivana Crone has run alongside these untamed herds feeling their magic for a long time, capturing and taming the wild foals and yearlings with the Lachota Indians. These days, Ivana only captures the horses on film, showing their strength, speed, and tender intimacy. Set against the backdrop of the Western Mountains, rainbows and dramatic sky’s, this photography exhibit will explore the Wild Mustang in the heart of the American West.

Upper Gallery: “ICE” Open Community Show
The world changes when Mr. Winter arrives. Snowflakes, blizzards, sparkling hilltops, frozen noses, and gorgeous alpenglow evenings. Showcase your best artwork in this month’s Open Community Art Show themed “ICE”. Open shows give local and emerging artists the opportunity to submit their work for display in a dynamic and diverse way. Each artist is allowed a maximum of three entries within the theme and all mediums of art welcome. Please have artwork ready to install on the walls with correct backing. $10/entry, $8/members. Drop-off dates are 1/25 & 1/26 during open hours.

March 2nd

Main Gallery: Chris Miller
“Golden Hour”

“Golden Hour” will feature captivating photography by Chris Miller of backcountry landscapes from the Elk, West Elk and San Juan Mountains and the passionate people who live, love and recreate there. Chris Miller is a Crested Butte based photographer with a degree in Fine Arts from CU Boulder in oil painting. His grandfather’s passion for 35 mm film and the beauty of the backcountry landscapes inspired his move to Colorado and photography. If you love where you live, this exhibit is not to miss.

Upper Gallery: Bling Jewelry Fair
You could never have enough bling! Inspired by the amazing fashion icon Iris Apfel, the Upper Gallery will be filled with jewelry from local artists for the whole month of March. Are you a jeweler looking for a creative way to sell your work or get your name out there? This may be the perfect start. The GAC is looking for local jewelers to fill the Upper Gallery. Booth fee $20/non-members, $15/members.

April 6th

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

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