“First Friday” Art Walk on August 2nd Cañon City’s First Friday art walk on August 2nd is the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening, strolling the historic downtown area! Sojourn at The Artists’ Gallery at 416 Main St., from 5 to 8 p.m., for a revitalizing community experience! View fabulous original art, engage with the artists, listen to live folk/rock music performed by Tom Gudding, and enjoy complimentary refreshments! We are featuring three of our remarkable member artists: While hiking in the backcountry of Utah and Colorado, Ron White was captivated by some petroglyphs he saw on remote canyon walls. He began studying the ancient art, gathering inspiration for his own unique sandstone carvings. For the last 26 years, Ron has worked to perfect his mineralization process for duplicating an aged “desert varnish” veneer onto natural sandstone. He then skillfully hand-carves replicas of petroglyphs, as well as original wildlife and contemporary images, onto the prepared stone. No two pieces are ever the same. His designs range from large custom wall panels, to small sculptures and totem pendants. Ron’s wife, Cathy, is actively involved in the process and together they operate their business, “Derived from Nature”. Many of Sofia Balas’ bold and vibrant acrylic paintings are inspired by the concept of dimensional perception. Incorporating themes from the world around her into “surreal” settings, Sofia’s images are “meant to challenge the imagination, question awareness, and invite reflection.” Of her thought-provoking work, Sofia says, “I create images of ‘portals’ that transport one to this place of light and infinity.” Classically trained, Sofia’s repertoire includes more traditional subject matter, such as interiors and still life studies—paintings which invite one to step into the image, and into a sense of place and wonder. Sofia will also be displaying new landscapes and drawings. For decades, Brian Plath’s woodworking was a hobby; until five years ago when he trained professionally with an apprenticeship at a furniture studio in Denver. Conscientiously using trees removed by arborists locally, Brian mills the discarded lumber himself for his rustic-style furniture. He often preserves the natural edge of the wood for its unique shape and character, rather than cutting it off for a straight edge—his “live edge” dining and occasional tables are exquisite examples. He also forges the metal work for his truly one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Furthermore, Brian creates stunning organic wall art, using a traditional block print technique, taken directly from the ends of the logs he mills for his furniture. The Artists' Gallery, proud recipient of the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award for Fremont County’s favorite art gallery, represents nearly fifty talented local artists, offering high-quality original art and gift items. It is located at 416 Main St., Cañon City, and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (719)345-4070 or visit: www.facebook.com/TheArtistsGallery/.