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11 Months Old!

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

Benjamin Franklin




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Tuesday - Thursday 1PM - 8PM

Friday & Saturday 12PM - 9PM

Sunday & Monday 1PM - 5PM

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Now Serving Colorado Wine, Beer, Hard Cider & Seltzer 

OPEN Tuesday after 5PM and All Day Wednesday - Saturday 

Coffee & Tea By Donation Any Time and Free WIFI


Local Delivery & Gift Cards Available

Shipping Available By Request



Rosie's art will be featured in the Meeting & Makerspace August 5-31

Artist Rosie Carter works in the realm of nostalgia, in that dreamlike place where the familiar bumps up against the strange. It’s a place of history and of myths, of real places and make-believe people, permeated with sunshine and a sweet, oddly familiar tune playing softly in the background.

Working out of her studio at the Road X Complex, a 1947 metal quonset hut in Yellow Jacket, Colorado, she is surrounded by the remote high desert country of the Four Corners. It’s a place of wide skies and high-flying flocks of birds, a place of magical landscapes and secret hideouts. And it’s place where people have a history of resilience and devotion: Native Americans with their homelands, pioneers with their homesteads, farmers and ranchers with their fields and range.

In this place Rosie gathers up scraps from the past – inspiration comes from the land and landscape, materials from salvaged metal and wire, ideas from vintage artifacts – and spins them into new objects that express a lovely and slightly off kilter combination of the wistful and the weird.



FIRST FRIDAY | Featured Artist Opening - Rosie Carter

Our featured gallery artist show "Divergent Boundary" by Rosie Carter, will open on Friday, August 5th at 7PM with an artist reception and will run though August 31st. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine, snacks and live music from Josie Loner.

FRI, AUG 12 - AUG 14

Cheap Art Challenge | CHēp ärt ˈCHalənj

Join us for an opening reception with complimentary wine and snacks on Friday, August 12th from 6pm-7pm, followed by a Listening Room event from 7pm-8pm.

The challenge ends at 5pm on August 15th where one artist will be selected by YOU for Best in Show.

ALL art is available for sale for only $25 each.


Listening Room with Alexander Westphal Blues Trio

The Listening Room will feature original music from Alexander Westphal on Friday, August 12th from 7-8pm in conjunction with the opening of our "Cheap Art Challenge" at 6pm. Sit a bit and just listen. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and snacks.

MON, AUG 15 AT 6:30 PM

Click Clique - Photography Club

FREE and open to the public.

We will critique our photo assignment: "Rainbow" with optional technical challenge addition "color shift" - email your completed image to meet@zugallery.com or text to 970-235-1107 for the meetup. 

If it's not too hot...We will ALSO venture outside after image review and capture "signs of Cortez" with some street photography. So bring your camera!

Print or digital welcome. If you haven’t started yet, that’s okay too! 

From novice to pro, there is something for you. If you have a passion for photography, join us to be inspired, learn, explore, share and network.


"ART of the After Party" w/ DJ P.A. - NO COVER

Sponsored by the Cortez Retail Enhancement Association (C.R.E.A.)

Come to the ZU for the After Party on Third Thursdays with DJ P.A.!

Bubbles and bounce! The photo booth will be open with a free 5x7 and we'll have "champagne" and dance music ready for you. 

NO Cover - look for the Zu animal at Third Thursday for free drink tokens.


Listening Room with Ancient History

The Listening Room will feature Thomas Martin Scott and Larry Easterling of Ancient History on Thursday, August 25th from 6-7pm with original music written by Thomas. Sit a bit and just listen. Free and open to the public. The wine & beer event bar will be open! 


FREE FAC - Friday Art Club

Our FAC stands for Friday Art Club! 

FREE FAC means no instructor, but you are welcome to drop-in and use our space to create. Bring your own supplies. OR

We will have easels, canvas, paints and brushes available for use for $10 rental fee. You can take your canvas home.

Creative space, comfy chairs, large work surfaces and cool a/c.

MUSIC on the BOX: Steely Dan

Coffee/Tea by donation

$1 off beer/wine special


Play Music On The Porch Day

We will be participating in this worldwide event for the 2nd year in collaboration with the Cortez Retail Enhancement Association! Stay tuned for the schedule.

Each month we'll explore a vital business marketing topic. Workshops are free; just bring your lunch and questions for the Q&A session.

WED, AUG 31 AT 12 PM

Marketing Taster Meetup

August topic: 

We had such great discussions...so ASK A NERD is back! Come with your marketing questions and we will help with answers.

Cortez Retail Enhancement Association presents a monthly "MARKETING TASTER MEETUP: Marketing in Small Bites". 



FAC - Friday Art Club w/ PC Artistry

$10 drop-in with instructor PC Artistry.

Our FAC stands for Friday Art Club! 

Subject: Shape

Music: INXS

ALL ages and skill levels welcome.

Our gallery artist and resident instructor, Phil aka PC will cover an element of art, be available for advice and suggest a "doodle" for you to work on while you enjoy our creative space, comfy chairs, large work surfaces and cool a/c. Bring your own supplies or we can give you paper and pencil to get started. 

Coffee/Tea by donation

$1 off beer/wine special



"Elevated Paint" with PC Artistry - Lone Tree Revisited


This is ZU Gallery’s version of the “paint and sip” class, but elevated. It’s perfect for a couple activity, team building, bridal shower, birthday celebration, or a girl’s night out. Book a private party or join us for a scheduled workshop.

Find inspiration surrounded by the beauty of our Four Corners destinations. PC will guide you each step of the way on your creative journey. Play, explore, and awake the artist within!

PC will demonstrate techniques that are fun and easy. Each participant will learn the basics of the color wheel and paint brush types. You will leave with a one of a kind piece of art and insight. 

Materials used are high quality artist grade. Cost includes all materials and instruction, wine/beer or non-alcoholic beverage and snacks. Workshop average time is 1.5 hours.​​

Cost: $45/person 

Subject: Lone Tree

Photography Studio


Our in-house photography studio is ready for your portrait. Schedule online, email, or call. $60, includes a 20-25 minute session, online proof gallery, and a digital image.


Photo Booth

Pose, Click, Print in less than 30 seconds. We can bring our mobile photo booth to your next event (indoors or outdoors). $100/hour and $4 per 5x7 print with customizable photo folder. Discounts available if your event is at ZU Gallery! Click the button below and choose 1 HOUR OF EVENT PHOTOS to get started.


Meeting & Makerspace


Share, Learn, Explore

Looking for a meeting space?

$25/hour - non-profit rate available

We can seat up to 50 with tables and chairs. We can help you plan, arrange for meals, and provide needed technology. We are also licensed for wine & beer - a fun addition to any event.

Want to lead a workshop in our space?

Submit a Proposal.

Not sure, and just want to see the space to get inspired? Call or Email to schedule a visit. We have hosted events from birthdays and baby showers to board meetings.


The Final 12

We had over 100 furry babies come to our Open Call for our first Montezuma Mutts Calendar! Thanks to a group of 12 judges (not bribed) the final 12 were selected for a photo session to take place around Montezuma County to help show off our beautiful area. We will have a reveal party in October with discounted pre-sales starting in September. Every dog who came to the call will be included in the calendar. Keep an eye out...if you wanted to include your Montezuma Mutt but missed the call you may still have a chance to be included. Stay tuned!

Community Minded Artists

We are so proud to host amazing Montezuma County artists and are even more tickled when we see them out in the community doing good things.

Sarah Combs Wright and her son decided to start walking dogs around Cortez from Denkai Thrift Store & Pet Adoptions. She gives them a break from their kennel and takes the extra step of getting a photo of them and giving a description of their temperament on her Instagram account.

Off the Wall

Thank you for supporting Tim O'Brien with his first featured show at the ZU. If you missed his show, we still have a nice selection of his pieces available. Except for one...

Tim happened to be in the gallery for the 48 Hour Film Project... (we'll share those details next month)

A young man and his Auntie came in to admire the art and were so struck by Tim's work that even though they couldn't afford the piece, they asked if he would let them take a photo of him with the art piece. He gladly obliged and then took the piece off the wall and immediately gifted it to them! So Cool! We are so humbled to share this space with such awesome humans.


Advertisement Opportunity

MonteZUma Mutts Calendar

I've done this community project multiple times and have physical samples if you'd like to see them. Ads help offset the cost of photos and printing.

$200 - A page advertiser gets the entire bottom strip to use. The page ad size is 12in x 2.5in to the edge. Design help is no additional charge. In addition, you receive 3 calendars, social media mentions, and an opportunity to reach dog owners at all associated events (open call, cover reveal party).

$50 - A spot advertiser gets 1 of 5 spots on a page. The spot ad size is 2.25in wide x 2.5in high. Design help is no additional charge. In addition, you receive 1 calendar, social media mentions, and an opportunity to reach dog owners at all associated events (open call, cover reveal party).

Eight of the twelve months are already full. 

Let me know if you'd like to reserve an ad(s) and I can invoice you.

Email meet@zugallery.com

Thank you to the following for their support!

-Brenda Hindmarsh, Realtor - Regents Real Estate Group

-High Desert Life Outdoors & Exchange

-Pueblo Community College Southwest

-Doobie Sisters

-Cortez Retail Enhancement Association

-fb organics

-Mesa Verde Country, Colorado

-Katrina Weiss- State Farm Agent

-Hil Can Do It

-Yellow Car Country Wines

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These funds help us add technology to our meeting space, help makers start a class and help us offset the cost of community pop-ups. A special sign made just for you and permanently attached to the back of one of our chairs.

Email meet@zugallery.com


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