(Emerging artist) An artist who is at an early stage in their career, who has specialized training in the art form, and who has created a modest body of artistic work.

Join us Friday, August 5, for First Friday's at Creative Spark Studio and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities as we host two extraordinary gallery events, featuring Roaring Fork Valley emerging artists.

1. Featured Artists at Creative Spark Studio: Lynne Diekmann and Sheila Babbie will show work a body of extraordinary work featuring paintings and photographic works of art.

Artist Reception:
Friday, August 5, 2011
Creative Spark Studio at the Third St. Center, Suite 15

Featured Artist: Sheila Babbie

My primary medium revolves around photography and photoshop.  My artistic work has become a combination of many things, including photographs, scans, and painted/collaged canvases.  I am constantly searching for sources of inspiration, whether it comes from a library book, a thrift store find, a class, or a road trip.  The process of blending various images to create a unique vision is exciting and therapeutic.  Many times I will add a little irony or darkness to add tension to the viewer’s experience and bring the viewer a more thought provoking and story-telling piece.  My current series is my own personal take on the pin up girl… enjoy!

Featured Artist: Lynne Diekmann
Born and raised in Queens N.Y. I attended the High School of Art and Design in N.Y.C.but quickly left for the serenity of the mountains of V.T.I stepped away from the Art World when I moved to Colorado in 1989 and put all of my creative energy into my family, my home and my career.Twenty years later the artist in me was looking for a way to re-enter and I found the jump start I needed at Creative Spark studio. I'm now cutting teeth with multi-media and exploring the vast world of acrylics.It feels SO  good to be "arting' again….. .

2. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, R2 Gallery
The Child's Eye Exhibit
Join Child's Eye founder, George Stranahan for this provocative exhibit, featuring a body of photographic work taken by Roaring Fork Valley students.  Also featured are paintings and writings from many of the students who participated in this 5 month project. Student artists will be on hand to share their stories.

Artist Reception:
Friday, August 5, 2011
Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, R2 Gallery at the Third St. Center