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Ten Months Old!

"Every creative story is different. And yet every creative story is the same: There was nothing, now there is something. It's almost like magic."

-Jonah Lehrer



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WHERE COMMUNITY & COLLABORATION MEETS ART

ZU KEEPER

Buzz About ZU Gallery

GALLERY HOURS

Tuesday - Thursday 1PM - 8PM

Friday & Saturday 12PM - 9PM

Sunday & Monday 1PM - 5PM

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DRINK MENU

ZU SOCIAL SPOT

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

SHOP ONLINE

Local Delivery & Gift Cards Available

Shipping Available By Request

FEATURED ARTIST

TIM O'BRIEN

of Cortez

Tim's art will be featured in the Meeting & Makerspace July 1-31

About Tim: 

First grade

My teacher yelled out, Tim! She whisks down the aisle toward me. Startled, arms judder; knocking crayons from desk to floor. She slips on a rogue Crayola. She falls and is rolled out on a gurney. I repeat first grade.


My Medium

Encaustic 

(Photography, Painting, mixed media)

Bees wax mixed with dammar resin.

Pigment prints on mixed paper types.

Various detritus and yes, No crayons!


Miscellaneous ephemera

Art is my way of letting life know I do notice the little things; acknowledgement. Also, art is a fun way to puzzle out the questions I did not know to ask.

FREE EVENTS

FRI, JULY 1 AT 7 PM

FIRST FRIDAY | Featured Artist Opening - Tim O'Brien

Our featured gallery artist show "To wax or not to wax..." by Tim O'Brien of Cortez, will open on Friday, July 1st at 7PM with an artist reception and will run though July 31st. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine, snacks and live music with The Maes Boys.

SAT, JULY 2 AT 6 PM

Listening Room with Hurricane Jake

The Listening Room will feature Hurricane Jake's One Man Band on Saturday, July 2nd from 6-7pm. Sit a bit and just listen. Free and open to the public. The wine & beer event bar will be open!

SAT, JUL 9 AT 6 PM

Listening Room with Yves, Linda, and Corey

The Listening Room will feature locals Yves, Linda, and Corey on Saturday, July 9th from 6-7pm with some "folksy acoustic jazz with a euro flair." Sit a bit and just listen. Free and open to the public. The wine & beer event bar will be open!

FRI, JUL 15 AT 6 PM

Listening Room with Landon Wordswell

The Listening Room will feature emcee Landon Wordswell on Friday, July 15th from 6-7pm. Also performing: The Don Avelar, V8 Vast Change , and Foreign Legion.

Live Art by Obi Won aka Ben Fisher. Sit a bit and just listen and watch. Free and open to the public. The wine & beer event bar will be open!

Special Thanks to DJ P.A. for organizing this event!

SUN, JUL 17 AT 9 AM

MonteZUma Mutts Calendar - Open Call

Who has a cool dog? Woof! Woof! It's the dog days of Summer and we are celebrating with our first MonteZUma Mutts Calendar. The Open Call will take place on Sunday, July 17, 2022, from 9am -12pm at ZU Gallery (48 W Main Street in Cortez) - enter on the Chestnut Street side door. All dogs must be on leashes and well behaved for the safety of others. 

Dog owners must live in Montezuma County. Free 5x7 print for participating. All dogs will make the calendar. 12 will be chosen for a callback to be photographed for a featured month at a Montezuma landmark and one of these will make the cover.

You can register in advance to save time at check-in. Visit www.zugallery.com and click on the dog photo or go here: https://forms.gle/E5rueZUo4a7MsLxX6

MON, JUL 18 AT 6:30 PM

Click Clique - Photography Club

FREE and open to the public.

We will critique our photo assignment: "Organic Shapes" with optional technical challenge addition "long exposure (3 seconds or more)" - email your completed image to meet@zugallery.com or text to 970-235-1107 for the meetup. 

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.

THU, JUL 21 AT 8 PM

"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 dancing hip-hop-hippo at Third Thursday for free drink tokens.

SAT, JUL 23 AT 6 PM

Listening Room with Soul Bathers

The Listening Room will feature singer-songwriters Carrie and Isaac - Soul Bathers on Saturday, July 23rd from 6-7pm with some R&B, Pop, Soul and Jazz-fusion. Sit a bit and just listen. Free and open to the public. The wine & beer event bar will be open! 

WED, JUL 27 AT 12 PM

Marketing Taster Meetup

July topic: 

ASK A NERD! 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". 

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

WORKSHOPS

REGISTER

WED, JUL 6 AT 6 PM

Songwriters Workshop with Yves Giraud - Guitar Skills $50

Participation is limited to 10 writers

Single sessions are $50 each, you must sign-up before the session you’d like to attend.

Each session will begin with a concise presentation and examples of a topic essential to songwriting:

4. Guitar-skills workshop: playing clean rhythm guitar, finger-picking, tapping, muted techniques.

REGISTER

SAT, JUL 16 AT 6 PM

"Elevated Paint" with PC Artistry - Sleeping Ute Revisited $45

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: Ute Mountain

CALL FOR ARTISTS

ART CONTEST

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." -Aristotle

cheap 

/CHēp/ (of an item for sale) low in price; worth more than its cost.


art

/ärt/ the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.



chal·lenge

/ˈCHalənj/ a call to take part in a contest or competition

The Challenge:

Create a piece of art from a 10 inch, wood circle.

The Details:

  • $2 entry fee per piece
  • Register and Pickup your "Challenge Circle" during business hours between Friday, July 1st through August 1st at ZU Gallery, 48 W Main Street, Cortez.
  • Entry fees go towards a "Best in Show" cash prize to one artist. 
  • ARTWORK LOAD-IN IS 5PM – 7PM ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH.
  • Work will NOT be accepted early or late.
  • Work MUST use the supplied "Challenge Circle."
  • You MUST list your art for sale at $25. -We take a 20% commission for processing your sale.
  • Work comes down on August 15th. You MUST pick-up your art by August 18th at 6pm.


Timeline:

  • July 1 -August 1 | Register and Pickup “Challenge Circle”
  • August 11th 5pm-7pm | Art Drop-off
  • August 12th 6pm-8pm | Opening Reception & Listening Room
  • August 12th - August 14th | Vote for Best in Show 
  • August 15th | Art Pickup


Show:

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.


Any questions: meet@zugallery.com

Please help us get the word out! ALL ages and skill levels welcome.

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Photography Studio

Portraits

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.

BOOK YOUR SPOT

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.

SCHEDULE

Meeting & Makerspace

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BOOK SPACE

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.

INSIDERS

The Kegerator

We recently acquired a well-loved, dual-tap kegerator so that we can expand our drink offerings (EsoTerra Cider!). This part is exciting, but what was extra cool was the previous owner had moved from a little town called Minturn (pop. 1,200), near Vail. Jodi (the ZU Keeper) lived there! We had friends in common and shared memories. A great reminder of how closely our worlds are connected. Note: We are working with a tap consultant and hope to have it up and running before the end of the month.

Bird

You'll see this signature piece for Tim O'Brien's show in the front window all month long (unless you purchase it!). There is a story behind this art and involves an actual raven found on the ground in his yard. At the time it was only a baby and injured. It's not our story to tell, but be sure to ask Tim or Collette (Tim's partner) about it when you see them around town in Cortez.

HELPERS

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).


We just launched the event notice a couple weeks ago and seven 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


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Adopt-A-Chair

$250

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

JUNE IN REVIEW

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