Castle Rock's Art on the Edge Gallery hosts two exhibits

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Two exhibits fill the new Art on the Edge Gallery in Castle Rock, with a special opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Final Friday, Aug. 30. The gallery, at 314 Wilcox St., is operated by the Greater Castle Rock Art Guild, which hosts “Meet the Artists” each month on the last Friday, in conjunction with other Castle Rock businesses.

Gallery membership has grown to more than 200, including some writers and non-artists, who want to be supportive.

“On the Edge” invites artists to push themselves out of the comfort zone with mediums, materials and concepts.

“From the Earth” features work by two local potters: Patty McDonough and Joyce Anttila. Ceramic works will be both sleek and textured. Anttila works with her husband, Jerry, who finishes and glazes. She has worked with the late Bertha Stevenson of Van Briggle Pottery. She is affiliated with Castle Rock Pottery and a specialty is “magma Puppy” a dachshund figure, made from a mold that was lost for 90 years. She casts, hand-builds and throws pottery.

Guild members serve as hosts at the gallery and teach and participate in numerous ongoing art classes held in the gallery’s workshop area. One can learn a craft in metal, stained glass or clay; an artistic skill, such as drawing, painting, photography; or how to present your art, with classes on matting and framing by Jeff DeMonbrun. For information, see workshops@gcrag.com or call 303-814-3300.

Some adult open studio sessions are also scheduled for artists who enjoy working with others and form their own support and critique process without an instructor.

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