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Western Colorado Center for the Arts

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Address: 1803 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501-3097
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+1 970-243-7337
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The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving...

The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions and the acquisition, care and display of a permanent art collection. Art Center Facts: The only resource in Mesa County and the region that provides: *Year round arts education programs for children and adults of all abilities and ages.*An exhibition venue for students of all ages, local artists and art guilds.*Exhibits by nationally and internationally renowned artists.*More than 25 diverse art exhibits annually.*A Permanent Collection that preserves Colorado’s rich history and culture.The Art center annual budget in 2011 was nearly $500,000.City and County do not subsidize the annual budget. The Art Center is financially supported through memberships, donations, sponsorships, local businesses, class tuition, grants, service organizations, art sales, facility rentals, Gift Shop revenue, admissions and fund raisers. The Art Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the Membership. The Center is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm., and closed Sundays and some holidays. Admission is free on Tuesdays.

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Not just a gallery

This is a wonderful resource for our area. Not only is it a gallery (and I can spend hours here looking at all the paintings, ceramics, sculpture. pretty much any visual art) - it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful resource for our area. Not only is it a gallery (and I can spend hours here looking at all the paintings, ceramics, sculpture. pretty much any visual art) - it is also an education center. People of all ages are encouraged to exhibit their art. And there are classes for people of all ages and abilities.... More 

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1 Thank Rita B
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

I love museums and gallery work, but skip this place. It is a gallery to sale art from locals. I went in and found a piece I liked and wanted to purchase it for a gift. The item was framed and matted amateurishly. The slits at the matting corners from imprecise cuts drew the eye away from the artwork and... More 

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Thank rob2269
CO
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This art center has special exhibits and events, and has areas for instruction, as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't provide enough variety for viewing often....except for special events. A larger museum with additional opportunities for educational and cultural purposes would be welcome. The classes are really too expensive for many, so minimizes art appreciation for the larger community.

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TheArtCenterGJ, Executive Director at Western Colorado Center for the Arts, responded to this review

Robert, Thank you for your visits to The Art Center. It sounds like you have attended festive First Friday events. I want to say we do our best to keep class costs reasonable. We do our best to hit the right mark for the our members, students in general, and the teachers. Also we are in the process of a... More 

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

We often try to take in the Art Center on First Friday events. A lovely time with wine and appetizers and a chance to enjoy the art and friends.

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Thank Alice L
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

Despite being busy with preparations for the annual art auction which features a juried selection of more than 60 regional artists, several staff at the art center including Mikkel, the director, warmly welcomed us and showed us through the museum and answered our questions. We were amazed with the scope of classes and programs available. Be sure to see the... More 

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Thank Susan F
Arvada, Colorado
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

We were over from Denver and wanted to check out this little art center. It was a very pleasant surprise. First, it wasn't little; second, the art was very well displayed and offered a variety of local art.

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Thank camper9885
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Our visit to the Western Colorado Art Center was a really pleasant surprise. When you walk in, there is a well laid out gift store and one of the better collections of historic Native American pottery as part of their permanent exhibit. What we were most impressed with was their current exhibit called "Eloquent Forms" by Terry Sheperd and Jared... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

I was fortunate enough to visit the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction recently. The town is lovely and there is a very strong art community and artistic feeling to the town. The Art Center is an integral part of that artistic feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed the ceramics exhibit, which featured local artists, as well as the... More 

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1 Thank Ann K
Colorado
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

Constantly changing exhibitions. Lots of special events with live demos. Every first Friday of the month a new exhibit with free hors d'oeuvres and cheap wine and beer.

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1 Thank Jeff M
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 November 2015

I visited the Art Center for the first time in October--what a discovery! "This Is Your Country" was a very compelling, well curated exhibit that offered a fresh view of our arid western landscape and the impact of water scarcity in our region. The other exhibits, including the Brush and Palette Exhibit, were also excellent. I will definitely make this... More 

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