New Home for Edge of Cedars Art Exhibit
Since 1973, The Edge of Cedars Art Exhibit has been lovingly hosted and supported by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, a world-wide organization that promotes service and leadership. The show took a hiatus due to COVID. Beginning in 2023, the event has a new home at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, where we will celebrate the 49th Annual Edge of Cedars Art Exhibit. Please join us in honoring the history while bringing new life to this wonderful event!
October 5th - 8th
All artwork must be received at Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center no later than
12:00 pm on October 3, 2023
On-site registration will be Oct. 2 (9am-4pm) and Oct 3 (9am- 12pm). Pre-registering will save time!
This is a non-juried show; every work of art is displayed. First, Second, and Third place ribbons will be given in each division, at the discretion of the Judge. All entries must be original work, not created in a class or workshop, and any photo reference material must have been taken by the Artist.
Entries previously shown at any Edge of the Cedars shows are not eligible.
Professional, Advanced, Amateur, and Student
At the discretion of the judge, individual art can be moved to another class/division
Oil/Acrylic ~ Watercolor ~ Graphics ~ Pastels ~ Mixed Media
Sculpture/Pottery ~ Photography ~ Digitally Enhanced Photography
Alcohol Ink ~ Open Category
(All must be original work)
ALL paintings & hangings must be framed and securely wired for hanging.
Please no sawtooth hangers
Curator, Programs and Exhibitions
The Art Center of Western Colorado
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Matthew Jones is a 4th generation sign painter who learned the art of hand lettering from his late grandfather Kert Jones. He grew up working in the sign industry and found his love for ceramics when he met Grand Junction ceramic artist and sculptor Damian Radice. After a three-year apprenticeship with Damian, he enrolled in Colorado Mesa University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program (2012-2016) where he was mentored by Jake Allee and KyoungHwa Oh.
Jones has shown his work regionally and nationally and has been an active member of the Grand Junction Clay Arts Guild and The Art Center of Western Colorado since 2011. He has a passion for education and has taught numerous workshops and art classes in the community. Having the extensive knowledge of sign painting and how to use and maintain paint brushes, Jones has continuously explored the realm of brush making and now creates brushes for pottery, sign painting, and other fine arts. Jones teaches Commercial Typography/Sign Painting at Colorado Mesa University in the Graphic Design program in the hopes of spreading the love of hand lettering and sign painting techniques to the next generation of Graphic Design artists.
In 2014, Jones received his Master's degree in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do from the Western Colorado Karate League. He teaches Martial Arts at Colorado Mesa University in the Kinesiology program. His life-long study of martial arts and its history continues to influence and inform his artistic process.
Jones is the Curator and instructor for The Art Center. Through his ceramic artwork and teaching, Jones continues to develop his focus in history, art, and culture as he shares his love for the arts with the community. With his wife Ashtonn Means, ceramic artist and instructor, they opened By All Means Arts pottery studio together in Fruita, CO at the new Fruita Arts Recreation Marketplace (FARM) in 2022. Jones appreciates having a private studio space to continue expanding his work and to offer classes and workshops to the Fruita arts community. Jones encourages everyone to stop by the studio, grab a cup of coffee, and come chat about art!