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Ancient One by Mark Akins at the Avalon Theatre

City Hall Art Exhibits

Works of art by several local artists grace the hallways and lobbies of the Grand Junction City Hall at 250 N. 5th Street, which provides an excellent venue for art. The temporary, rotating exhibits augment the numerous sculptures and paintings which are part of the City's permanent collection on display throughout the building. The City Hall building is open to the public from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday through Friday.

The current exhibit at City Hall features original pieces by Mary Kollman, Steven M. Smith, and the Foundation for Cultural Exchange, El Salvador. The exhibits will be on display until October  and most of the artwork is for sale.


Tiara Rado Golf Course Art Exhibit  

The exhibit features local artist Jeff Moore. His pieces are for sale and will exhibit into January 2020.


Two Rivers Convention Center 

Currently under construction - no exhibit.



The Avalon Theatre

The historic Avalon Theatre is located on the corner of 7th and Main. The current exhibit features local works of art by photographer Andre Delgalvis,and painters Katherine Cline and Mark Akins. The exhibits will be on display until October, Artwork is for sale and available to view when the Avalon is open.

Artist Testimonials

 I'd like to express my appreciation to the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture for the opportunity to exhibit my work at City Hall, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Having been involved in the professional art field for 20 years, both as a painter and gallery owner, I have learned that careers build through the process of continued exposure, a committed work ethic, and consistent networking. To be sure, an artist needs to be reflective on their long term goals which will impact venues they seek to present their work. But that needs to be balanced with the simple fact, opportunities to develop collectors only happens when your work is seen. A masterpiece painting stacked in a studio has nearly zero possibility of winding up on someone;s wall and a check in your pocket.

It takes a dose of reality and courage to exhibit your work in public. The reality is that no matter how gifted you might think you are, you are not entitled for others to fawn over your gifts, nor is there nothing left to learn. Often a serious critique or an overheard casual comment can lead an artist to a marvelous breakthrough. Art is intensely personal, and it takes courage and confidence for an artist to put on public view that which you have literally caressed into existence.

The presentation of such creations is important. When I returned to City Hall to view my exhibit I was so pleased by the respect and taste that went into the hanging of my paintings. To see the work, especially my larger canvases, up on the wall with descent  spacing and light gave me insights and yes, appreciation for what I had pulled off with oils spreading like butter beneath my brushes. The same held true with the work hung at Two Rivers and the Avalon.

Bottom line? It was a minor ego boost when I walked into Homestyle Bakery or City Market and folks, recognizing me from the photo on my bio hung alongside my work, commented with pleasure about my paintings. One of the works at City Hall was selected for the Plein Air Painters of Colorado National Invitational. A large painting of Aspens and one of the Titan near Moab have been spoken for and will end up in private collections when there exhibits come down. And I know that the accumulative attest will give dividends in the future.

I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity. I hardily recommend that any artist, no matter where the arc of their career finds them, to seriously consider the obvious benefits if the change to exhibit through the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture arises. 

Mark Akins   markakinsart.com

To apply to the Artist List

For artwork to be displayed at any of our locations, artists are selected and invited to exhibit by the Commission on Arts and Culture. The Commission organizes quarterly rotating exhibits in order to feature outstanding area artists and their work. Submit 5 jpg's of your work to lorieg@gjcity.org. The temporary displays reflect the wonderful diversity of art and artists in the Grand Valley. They have included a wide variety of local painters, fiber and tapestry artists, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, and artists' guilds and clubs.

City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

This is a print version of a webpage. View the original at: http://www.gjarts.org/cultural-happenings-news-events/current-events/

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