James Surls at Thunder River
James Surls has been a treasured and integral piece of the Roaring Fork Valley’s arts scene since he settled here in 1997.
When he moved to Carbondale, from Splendora, Tx. 15 years ago he was already well established at the forefront of modernist sculptors, and had exhibited his work nationally and internationally. In the years since settling here, he’s mentored local artists and his star has risen along with the ambitions of his work. His intriguing sculptures, often mimicking the shapes and patterns of nature but made from steel, have been exhibited prominently on Park Avenue in New York, in a show by the New York City Parks Public Art Program, in the Museum of Modern Art and in the Guggenheim, along with shows in Texas and Aspen.
This week Surls, 70, is offering a glimpse into his artistic vision with a presentation Friday, May 10 at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Presented by the Roaring Fork Cultural Council, the evening will include a slideshow presentation by Surls himself. It is billed as an evening where he will share his thoughts on the connection between man and nature, and will include a discussion with the audience.
The Carbondale Town Council is considering featuring Surls’ work in a new museum to be housed in the old town library.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.roaringforkculturalcouncil.com  or at the door.