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“Autumn Gold,” by Mai Wyn Schantz.


CMU Art Gallery hosts inaugural Artist’s Talk

The Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery’s will celebrate downtown Grand Junction’s November First Friday event with an Artist’s Talk by Mai Wyn Schantz. The talk will be 6:30pm on Nov. 3 at the recently opened gallery. A reception will follow from 7–9pm.

Schantz’s exhibit is the gallery’s inaugural exhibit; it opened on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 30. She has been painting on metal — first aluminum and now stainless steel — for more than 15 years. Her work allows her to capture nature in a contemporary context, with a unique juxtaposition between the industrial material and her nature-based subject matter. Schantz explores mankind’s evolving and often tenuous union with nature, and seeks out beauty and balance in the unification of two seeming opposites.

Schantz received her BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and is the owner of Mai Wyn Fine Art, a combined studio-gallery space on Denver’s Santa Fe Drive. Schantz has been exhibiting professionally for more than a decade and her work is featured in many private and corporate collections, including Northwestern Mutual, Kaiser Permanente and Chevron. In 2008 she had a solo exhibition at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, and was featured again in a 2014 exhibit of western landscapes.

First Friday is a community-wide event during which art galleries remain open late on the first Friday of each month. Attendees take in art, food, drink and fun, typically “gallery hopping” to new exhibits on display around town. Other downtown art galleries taking part in First Friday include Oakley Gallery, Colorado Canyons Gallery and Gifts, Aspen Photo Art Gallery and The Raw Canvas.

The CMU Gallery is located at 437 Colorado Ave. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

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