FIRST FRIDAY: Don’t miss these art exhibitions, receptions | Art

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The first Friday in June is expected to be one of the most important yet in 2021.

Put these galleries and receptions on your list to visit on Friday, June 4 or in the near future.

• “Light Studies” and “Contemporary 2021: Art of the Still” have both been on display since May, but it’s finally the week to celebrate with a reception from 6:30 pm to 9 pm on Friday June 4 at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh Street.

Free tickets are required to attend and can be “purchased” via links on gjartcenter.org or by calling 243-7337, ext. 2.

“Light Studies” features 25 images created by local art photographer Dave Lord.

“Contemporary 2021: Art of the Still” is a national juryed exhibition featuring pieces created using a variety of media. Eric Elliott, an art professor at Colorado Mesa University, was the juror for the exhibit.

Both exhibitions are visible until June 25.

• Check out one of Grand Junction’s newest art studios with a reception on the first Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday June 4 at Art & Soul Studios, 523 Main Street (go up the stairs and turn right and continue down the hall to find the studio.)

There will be art demonstrations and free lesson drawings during the reception which will feature artwork created by Judy Rogan and Melody Horton.

Art & Soul Studios is Rogan’s working artist studio, which also offers many painting classes.

• See a number of works in progress at “Works In Progress,” an art exhibit and reception at 7 pm Friday, June 4 at the Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, 455 Main Street.

“Creating art is more than the end product. Get out there and see the process for yourself, ”according to the show information at facebook.com/UncannyValleyArt.

Some artists will be working on their pieces during the show, and you are welcome to chat with them while they are working.

Masks are encouraged for those attending the show, mandatory for those who are not fully vaccinated.

• “People and Places”, an exhibition of portraits and landscapes by Michael Hurshman, will be presented at the Main Street Gallery in June.

A reception for the exhibition will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 4 at the gallery at 412 Main Street. Wearing a mask is requested during this reception.

“My portraits are famous people; mainly writers and musicians. My inspiration for the portraits is to promote cultural literacy, ”Hurshman said in a gallery press release.

“I included landscapes in the exhibit because I love to paint them and western Colorado offers endless subjects,” he said.

• The “NEXT” Jury High School Art Show also opened in May with a reception scheduled from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday, June 4 at the 437CO Gallery, 437 Colorado Ave.

This exhibition includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, graphics, animation and photography. It was open to high school students in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and the juror was Suzie Garner, head of CMU’s art and design department.

• Although this art show is not a First Friday event, it is still part of the month of June.

Bob Martin is the Artist of the Month at Western Region One Source, 482 28 Road.

Martin served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 in Korea and then pursued a career in banking and business, before moving to Mesa County in 2001.

His works can be seen in the main lounge of Western Region One Source. The work is for sale. A reception will be announced at a later date.

Western Region One Source is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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