Colorado ArtBeat Film Series + Art Exhibit
Carbondale, CO- Jan. 30.-- Carbondale Arts presents the Colorado ArtBeat Film Series + Art Exhibit, with an opening reception to the public at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad in Carbondale on Friday, Feb. 23, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. FuseMedia, owned by Chris and Heather Macdonald, produced a documentary series in 2017, profiling five artists working and living in Colorado. The artists featured in this first series include oil painter Gregory Block of Steamboat Springs, glass and metal artist Robert Burch of Carbondale, photography artist Linda Girvin of Aspen, metal sculptor Joshua Goss of Greeley, and ceramicist Sara Ransford of Loma. The series takes an in-depth, up-close, and personal look at each artist’s process, influence, and inspiration. The 10-15 minute films of the artists will be viewable on iPads next to the artwork through March 23. Additionally, all five films will be shown as a special feature presentation (approx. 55 minutes) at The Launchpad on First Friday, Mar. 2, at 6:30p.m.
FuseMedia is an Aspen-based video production company that specializes in online marketing videos for businesses and non-profit organizations and in 2017, created the ArtBeat Film series as a passion project, raising funds through Indiegogo. Owners Chris and Heather want to give artists exposure, giving an intimate look into their lives to see what inspires them to create. FuseMedia plans to continue the film series with another round of artists in 2018 using the same crowdsourcing fundraising model.
After graduating with a BA in biology from Colorado College in 2009, Kansas City native Gregory Block devoted his energy to painting and has since gained recognition as “one of the most promising young artists in the representational art world” (Fine Art Today). Robert Burch began working with glass at the age of 16 and later studied at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Robert joined a color team for Chihuly Inc. in Seattle through Martin Blank Studios and now works as an independent traveling artist, teaching and making work here in the United States, as well as in Sweden. Maine native Joshua Goss, B.Sc. Geology, MFA Metals, uses metal fabrication and blacksmithing techniques to simulate geological processes and transformations in his sculptural work. After studying geology in Nova Scotia, he took a position at an architectural blacksmith shop in Colorado, and in 2013 started his own studio in Greeley. Photography MFA artist Linda Girvin toes the line between life and death, realism and abstraction. Her photo-based images have been shown across the United States as well as Germany. Linda now makes her home and studio in Aspen. Ceramic artist Sara Ransford received her BFA from CU Boulder, where she studied under Betty Woodman and Anne Currier. She has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and has taught workshops there and across Colorado and Hawaii. She was awarded The Red Brick 2011 Artist Tribute from Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, CO.
A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place before the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m. to meet some of the artists and have an opportunity to see the exhibition before it opens at 6p.m. For more information, visit carbondalearts.com or call (970) 963-1680.