Grand Junction is known as an outdoor mecca; however, its thriving art scene is also a popular attraction that receives national attention. The area hosts a variety of galleries and do-it-yourself studios where you can make your own work of art. Much of the art is on display in Grand Junction’s historic downtown which is framed with over 115 high-end sculptures that include representation of the history of the are and the many legendary philanthropic leaders who had a tremendous impact in town. In 2018, two of Downtown's signature cultural attractions—the famed Art on the Corner program and the renovated Historic Avalon Theatre—helped the town earn the coveted designation as a Certified Colorado Creative District.
Ready to experience Grand Junction’s art scene for yourself? Here are the best ways to explore the galleries, outdoor sculptures, and do-it-yourself studios.
Exploring Grand Junction’s Art Galleries
Grand Junction has a wide array of art galleries that exhibit a diversity of styles highlighting the artist's expression. As you explore, you experience many different mediums including paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery, and murals. Start your stroll off with a fresh cup of joe or a refreshing drink from one of the many coffee shops or cafes that are conveniently located Downtown.
Recommended stops include James Howard Fine Art, Red Lion Arts Gallery, The Main Street Gallery, Uncanny Valley Art Gallery, and Working Artists Studio and Gallery. Other noteworthy galleries are scattered throughout the Grand Junction area, such as the cooperative Rose Hue Gallery in Fruita and The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade.
Art on the Corner
It all began with the sculptor, Dave Davis, and other local artists who created Art on the Corner, placing 32 sculptures along Main Street. This avant-garde outdoor art exhibition, the first of its kind in Colorado, continues today, which has grown to more than 100 sculptures. Murals also adorn the alley walks so be sure to look around each corner to reveal additional works that will delight and surprise you. The sculptures feature a permanent collection—including a buffalo made of gleaming metallic silver—plus a temporary collection that changes annually. A crowd favorite is the larger than life bike that you can hop on and pose for a truly unique photo.
A Pair of Amazing Art Centers
In addition to public art and galleries, Grand Junction boasts a couple of superb art museums. The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, often called The Art Center, is dedicated to enhancing the region’s quality of life by displaying more than 25 rotating art exhibitions, housing a permanent art collection, and offering a wide range of educational art programs for adults and children. The Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery, known as 437CO, sits on the northern edge of Downtown Grand Junction and features regular exhibitions by guest artists as well as students attending the university’s fine arts program.
Are you inspired to take the step from admiring art to creating your own? Grand Junction has plenty of fun and uniwque options to get you started, no matter which medium you fancy.
The Palette is a downtown painting studio that encourages guests to uncork their inner artist with a handful of friends, a glass of wine, and plenty of paint—all supplies, including canvas, are provided.
At Angelo’s Pottery Studio, up-and-coming artists can try their hand at throwing their own clay, decorating pottery, or taking an acrylic painting class.
Fat Cat Pottery in Downtown Grand Junction offers a wet clay studio and pottery painting.
Funky Junk, a do-it-yourself studio, offers both open and private studio time, craft projects for kids, and art parties - think Pinterest projects.
An activity that also makes "scents" is the Candle Kitchen which provides over 120 fragrances that you can mix and match to customize your own unique candle. We dare you to ask for a scent that they don't have on hand.
The Western Colorado Center for the Arts offers adult classes all year in ceramics, painting, drawing, and sculpting.
Whether you develop your creativity with a drawing class, decorating a ceramic vase, or splashing paint on a canvas, you’ll find a do-it-yourself studio in Grand Junction where you can create a one of a kind piece of art that brings back wonderful memories of your trip.