Art Galleries at 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.

Are you an artist looking to display your work in the Galleries? The GAC is always looking for artists to display. If you are interested in showing your work, click HERE to learn more.

FullSizeRender (8) - Patricia AmlinJune

Main Gallery: Patricia Amlin “Octo Retrospective”
Patricia Amlin has had an amazing life abundant with travel, creating, teaching and mothering. This year, Patricia will be turning 80 and as a celebration, will be exhibiting a collection of oil paintings covering the course of her favorite creative years. Amlin’s work is included in most major institutions in the United States, including the Smithsonian and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Art Academy in Munich. From film to watercolor and theatre to oil paintings, Amlin’s eclective use of mediums stretches the boundaries of art and activism. Rich with color and energy, Amlin’s paintings reflect a sense of mystery and motion and will be on display in the Main Gallery through June 2017.

“My intention is to create work that will remain valid and be of use from generation to generation, work that teaches people about life’s mysteries and dualities, work that helps people to survive by seeing the patterns that emerge from the mist following a horrific storm, work that nourishes the eye as well as the spirit, work that validates the culture, often oppressed and under-served, from which it emanates.” ~ Patricia Amlin

Handmade-Jewelry-19Upper 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 June.

Dad - Nathan KubesJuly – 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 will discuss their techniques and inspiration for an artist’s lecture beginning at 6 pm during the First Friday ArtWalk.

Main Gallery: Nathan Kubes & Kathy Kubes
“A Mother & Son’s Journey Through Art”

A creative lifestyle runs in the Kubes family. Local artists and Western art graduate Nathan Kubes will exhibit this July in the Main Gallery, sharing the space with his mother, Kathy Kubes who resides on the front range of Colorado. Nathan is well known for his large detailed murals around Gunnison. The attention to detail and meaning behind his work is insurmountable. Kathy drives her inspiration from life and dreams, working with acrylic and oils. This exciting exhibit will take viewers on a journey through generations.

Bill Folowell ImageUpper Gallery: Bill Folowell “High Country Seasons”
Local Gunnison artist Bill Folowell will be exhibiting a series of impressionistic realism oil paintings entitled “High Country Seasons” that capture the individual rugged beauty & tranquility of each of the Colorado high country seasons. The paintings range in size from large to miniature.

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Main Gallery: “The Western Slope Watercolor Exhibit”
The Gunnison Arts Center is pleased to host The First Western Slope Exhibition sponsored by the Colorado Watercolor Society. The exhibition is open for entries from all dues paying members of the Colorado Watercolor Society located on the Western Slope. Current participants are a diverse group of professional and nationally known artists to novices and students.

We invite all with a yearning to learn and expand their creative expression to join the Colorado Watercolor Society and meet with the Western Slope group to participate in exciting watercolor workshops, meetings and exhibits.

To become a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society, visit their website at For more information about entry submissions for The First Western Slope Exhibition, contact Karen Hill at Submission deadline is July 1, 2017.

IMG_0357Upper Gallery: Tiny Treasures “Fortune Cookie Quotes”
Celebrate the little things in life! For the third year in a row, the GAC’s fundraiser, Tiny Treasures, really is proof that good things DO come in small packages. Featuring a plethora of tiny treasures on canvas, all created by local artists. Treasures will be on sale at affordable prices all month where 100% of the profit goes to the GAC. A theme has been added this year; artists will pick a fortune cookie quote to use for inspiration. Enjoy tiny appetizers, a live tiny gallery concert with tiny instruments and more at the First Friday ArtWalk & Music!

The Crown..September

Main Gallery: Cheryl Pettigrew “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Cheryl, a long time Gunnison resident and Western graduate spends much of her free time engaged in her passion for painting. As a strictly oil painter, she often uses the help of her son’s to build and stretch her large canvases. Cheryl has exhibited her work in New York and has won several awards. In this exhibit she will be showing a recent series of biblical scenes including the heaves and angels.

IMG_3732 - gac arts classes show pic - alysaUpper Gallery: GAC Classes Student Art Show
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.