Unleash Your Artistic Side in Grand Junction

From pottery, to a DIY craft space, to creating your very own custom candles, Grand Junction has just the place to let your creativity shine.

Grand Junction gets plenty of credit for being an outdoor adventure destination, and it's certainly earned that title thanks to hundreds of miles of world-class mountain bike trails at Lunch Loops and Kokopelli Trail network, to epic hiking in Colorado National Monument on trails like No Thoroughfare Canyon or Liberty cap, to Unaweep Canyon which has some of the best granite rock climbing outside of Yosemite. Grand Junction is a Mecca for those looking to explore.

More than just an adventure hub though, Grand Junction is home to innovative creators and artists. Downtown Grand Junction is a Colorado Certified Creative District, one of only 25 in the state, and it’s easy to see why when you walk down the street. Galleries fill the storefronts along with shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Over 100 high-end sculptures line the streets, all part of Art on the Corner, one of the largest outdoor art displays in the country. Even utility boxes are decorated with vibrant murals.

On the first Friday of every month, downtown galleries host First Fridays. Starting at the Art Center, galleries hold open houses featuring food, local wine, meet and greets with artists, as well as live demonstrations.

But you don’t have to just observe art while you’re in Grand Junction, you can jump in and create it. From painting, to pottery, to crafting your own unique candles, to becoming an artist in the kitchen, there’s plenty of ways to unleash your creative side.

Candle Kitchen

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With over 120 different fragrances to choose from, the hardest part about crafting your very own custom candle will be deciding which scents to choose. Take time to breathe it all in before getting started – think aromatherapy - and if you're still having a hard time choosing, friendly staff will help you create alluring and unique combinations. After selecting your personalized blend, pick out your jar from Candle Kitchen's extensive variety to fill with your one of a kind scented soy candle. While you wait for your candle to set, head across the street to Pablo's Pizza for a slice or Rockslide Brewery for a craft beer and their famous salmon fish and chips.

Fat Cat Pottery

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Choose from dozens of funky fresh premade clay creations to paint, or use the clay studio to create your own pieces! Once you’re done sculpting, Fat Cat will fire your clay for you. Once it comes out of the kiln, dawn your smock and set about painting to give your piece that polished look. If you don’t know where to start with molding clay, take one of Fat Cat’s classes to learn specialty crafts like creating lawn gnomes or join the fun at a themed pottery night.

The Palette

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Get acquainted with new friends and local wine over a painting class at the Palette. Check out their event calendar to find a project that you want to paint. The Palette is always implementing new projects, and with different classes every day, it's easy to find a painting that speaks to you. Following along with an instructor while holding a brush in one hand and a refreshing beverage in the other, learn to paint sassy unicorns, enchanting sunsets, or a Grand Valley landscape.

Funky Junk

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If you’ve ever tried to make something from Pinterest, you might have found yourself getting overwhelmed with what seemed like a simple project. Funky Junk DIY Studio takes the pressure away. With all the materials you need to create even the funkiest of Pinterest finds, workspace to put everything together, and DIY experts to help you if you get stuck, Funky Junk has everything you need to bring out your inner crafter. All you need is a creative mindset, Funky Junk takes care of the rest!

Zesty Moose

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Learn to become a master artisan in the kitchen with Zesty Moose cooking classes. The owners of Zesty Moose specialize in creating handmade, additive-free, healthy, flavor-packed food. In their cooking classes, learn tips and tricks to efficiently prepare meals, along with how to combine different ingredients in new and exciting combinations to maximize flavor. Delicious tastings are served in the demonstration-style class, and everything you need to enhance your recipes can be found at the Zesty Moose.

Looking for more ways to enjoy Grand Junction? Check out itineraries starting on page 16 of the Grand Junction Visitor Guide!