Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

January 2019 Creative Mixer

JANUARY CREATIVE MIXER
Thursday, January 10th - 5:30-7:00pm  SteamPlant

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The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Matt Kroschel and musician Mohan Ramprasad in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

FEATURED ARTIST:  Artist Matt Kroschel grew up in Chaffee County before heading out into the world working in television news as a reporter. Matt currently covers Colorado’s High Country and Western Slope for KCNC CBS4 in Denver.

He lives in rural Grand County on a hobby farm that is home to rescue dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.

Matt began his painting career on a whim in the summer of 2018. With zero formal art training or schooling, he breaks rules and pushes the envelope. Every piece is an original and unique. His style has grown into a well-recognized colorful mix of wild and farm creatures. His love of the natural world goes back to working as a photographer for several publications including the Mountain Mail before and during college. He began his artistic career on the stage of the SteamPlant before the renovations, when pigeons still called the big event center home and the floors were partially dirt. 

Matt and his partner Chris are active in the local community. They enjoy soaking at Mt. Princeton and sipping adult beverages at Elevation Brewery when they are back in the area to visit. 

FEATURED MUSICIAN:  Mohan Ramprasad is a creator, and knows that love is the ultimate creative force in this dimension. His worldly duties include writing, recording and performing music, raising his son to be a good human being, painting the insides and outsides of residential and business structures, and instructing others in the phenomenon of self-directed neuroplasticity. Mohan is at his best when he is moving his body in an active and/or intentional way, existing out-of-doors in the mountains, forest or desert, and in learning situations. He is shy, yet thrives on human connections, so catch him, if you can, and say hello. 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE MIXER:  Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

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Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

December Creative Mixer - Thursday, Dec. 13th 5:30-7:00 SteamPlant

DECEMBER CREATIVE MIXER
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 5:30-7:00pm
Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, December 13th from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artists Linda Gibas and Dave La Vercombe and Musician Megan Lombardo at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

Featured Musician: Megan Lombardo is originally from Sherman, Texas and has been studying piano since the age of six.  She has over 20 years experience as professional accompanist, collaborative instrumentalist, solo pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Megan attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she majored in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance.  She was also a student conductor for the Rhodes Orchestra, Rhodes Singers, and Rhodes Master Singers, as well as a Rhodes College Fine Arts Scholar. After graduation, Ms. Lombardo spent five summers with the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Vail, CO, first as a Marketing & Production Assistant Intern and then Festival Internship Coordinator, and with Music From Angel Fire in Angel Fire, NM as Production Manager. Ms. Lombardo has taught private and group piano lessons while living in Tallahassee and Gainesville, Florida, Denver, Colorado and is now accepting students in Salida. Megan is currently building her own studio at her home in downtown Salida, set to open Spring 2019.

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Featured Artist: Linda Gibas grew up in Denver, and always had the mountains in her blood. As a young girl, she would often ask her parents if they could move to the mountains and get a horse. Linda moved to Glenwood Springs to attend Colorado Mountain College where her interest in photography was sparked.  She took numerous photography classes during her studies, always enjoying it as a treasured pastime.

Linda’s photographs are done for fun, she says. She likes to represent a playful aspect in the capturing of the images. Most of them represent the outdoors, because that’s where she likes to be and feels there is so much to experience in nature that’s right before us that is often overlooked. Her intention for her show is to provide enjoyment with the images she is sharing.

Featured Artist: Dave La Vercombe was born in Midland MI where his mom started him drawing at an early age. He excelled in both drawing and painting, winning a 3rd place ribbon in the Carroll County Fair Art Contest where he was competing among adults.

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The La Vercombe’s moved every few years, as Dave’s father’s job required transferring to manufacturing sites around the Mid-West. 

Dave had his art along for the journey and he said it saved his life a multitude of times.

Dave works in his own shop and has worked professionally as a Darkroom Stat Camera Operator, Paste-Up Artist, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Sculptor/Carver for Fine Furniture, Jeweler Apprentice, Jewelry Shop Owner, Builder, Finish Carpenter and Dreamer and enjoys living, working, and hiking in and around Salida and will continue to be an artist in as many different forms as possible, till his last days here on Earth.


The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions. www.salidacouncilforthearts.org

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Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

November Creative Mixer

NOVEMBER CREATIVE MIXER

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites you to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Nancy Kay and musician Chris Nasca in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

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FEATURED ARTIST: Nancy Kay - Nancy’s show called “Tale of Trails” is a collection of watercolor paintings containing scenes from her adventures following trails, mainly within Chaffee County. Her favorite mode is hiking, mountain biking and skiing. Nancy loves being outdoors, and her love of nature inspires her paintings of old rusty trucks, landscapes, architecture and unique perspectives of objects. Painting in watercolor has been her hobby for over a decade, and she is now enjoying the freedom to pursue her creative passion. 

Now retired, Nancy spent her career in mechanical design focused on very precise drawings. Spending more time in the studio experimenting with color and shapes as well as studying in watercolor workshops has helped Nancy ‘loosen’ her painting style. 

Originally from Northern California, Nancy has called Salida home for 7 years. She enjoys anything outdoors and traveling with her husband and their three bird dogs.

Nancy showed her art publicly for the first time in 2017 in Salida at the Pinon Real Estate Gallery. Since then, she has exhibited her work at the Diesslin Gallery, Mini Masterpiece, Valley Visions, Salida Wine Festival, and several local silent auctions.  She looks forward to more shows in 2019 and becoming more involved in the local art scene. 

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FEATURED MUSICIAN - Chris Nasca
Chris plays guitar and vocals and his style is traditional roots, original, blues, jam and funk. He has a unique sound of storytelling of original, groove and traditional roots covers. His influences range from Peter Rowan, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, The Meters, and the Grateful Dead. Chris moved from the Deep South of North Carolina and Alabama to Colorado in 1993 and has been a Salida local since 1996. He has had the opportunity to be a part of several local and talented blues, rock, folk, country and psychedelic groups including The Critters, Lil' Missouri, Rio, The Fractures with a CD released in September of 2008, Little Ernie and The Big Thang, Your Surrogate Cousin (YSC), and Alley Dust. He’s presently part of a four-piece jam band called Roundhouse Assembly, and also Nasca /Cooper, a guitar and piano duo. Chris has shared stages with The Radiators, Karl Denson Trio, Blackfoot, Andres Osborne, Bruce Hayes and many others.


The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

A Bolivia Travelogue: Craig Nielson to Benefit Chipeta Mountain Project

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Please Plan to Attend: A Bolivia Travelogue
Presented by: Salida Mountaineer - Craig Nielson

This special event will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00pm
(Doors open at 6:30pm) at the SteamPlant Theater. Cost: $5 at the door. 

Craig will present a slide show and discussion about his climbing trip to Bolivia: High Altitude Mountaineering and Cultural Acclimatization. Craig's proceeds from the evening will be donated in support of the proposed, Mountain Heritage Park, a Chipeta Mountain Project initiative.
 
The Chipeta Mountain Project, its supporters and friends, held the Chipeta Rising Celebration in October of 2017, to honor the move of the name, “Chipeta Mountain” from its original, lower, non-visible elevation of 12,850’ to the prominent, unnamed point at 13, 472’, visible throughout the valley and to celebrate the history of the Indigenous people who lived in our valley. Stay tuned for more information about the Mountain Heritage Park initiative and its strategic and valuable contribution to our community.
 
Please help spread the word, share and bring a friend to this evening of mountain climbing and cultural adventures in Bolivia!

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Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

October Creative Mixer - Thursday, October 11th, 5:30-7:00pm

 

OCTOBER CREATIVE MIXER

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The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, October 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Julie Maas and musician TJ Hittle in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art- related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

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FEATURED ARTIST - JULIE MAAS: Julie’s fall show called “Art Harvest: My Creative Cultivation” is a collection of landscape, floral and still life paintings in pastel and oil. Julie’s childhood drawing memories are of standing at the dining room table drawing figurines selected from her mom’s hutch with her earliest instruction from her artistic dad. Pure pigment pastel sticks are her “go-to” for the immediacy of drawing and their vibrant, non-fading colors and rich, soft textures, especially for pet portraits. She also enjoys working in oil. Julie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and worked freelance graphic design while employed 25 years with the city of Loveland. She later retired from the State of NM and moved back with her husband Jake to CO in 2016. Julie serves on the board of the Salida Council for the Arts.  

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FEATURED MUSICIAN: TJ Hittle is a licensed Landscape Architect and session musician who has been playing a variety of guitars since age 14. He moved to Salida in 2012 after playing professionally since 1964 across the Midwest. His music ranges from originals to soulfully played ballads in blues, jazz, rock, country, and Americana. He can often be seen playing solo or backing other groups at SoulCraft Brewery, Vino Salida, the Boathouse, Benson’s Tavern, Salida City Park concerts, the Salida SteamPlant and other Central Colorado venues.

The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

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Oct
11
to Oct 31

Community Grants: Call for Application - Oct. 11-31, 2018

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APPLY NOW FOR SALIDA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS’ COMMUNITY GRANT

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) is now receiving applications for the second awarding of 2018 Community Grants. Grants of up to $500 each are open to applicants seeking funding for local arts and cultural based projects. These projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida Community and be supportive of the Council’s Mission Statement.  Current applications are available online and must be received by Oct. 31. Successful projects will be funded in December 2018.  

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Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

September Creative Mixer - Thursday, September 13th, 5:30-7:00pm SteamPlant Paquette Gallery

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring the Salida Fiber Festival’s Fiber Arts Exhibition and musician Jason Thies.

ABOUT CREATIVE MIXER: Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

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FEATURED ARTISTS: For the third year, the Salida Fiber Festival is proud to present the Fiber Art Exhibition featuring fiber art in its many forms, including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, felting, sewing, beading, and repurposing. Entries come from local fiber artists and vendors at this year’s festival, and are both 2-D and 3-D in form.

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FEATURED MUSICIAN: Jason Thies is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Durango. Since 1999 he has released 4 albums of original music, two of which are available through iTunes. Recently his music was aptly described, “...it is excellent; a wonderfully rootsy, bluesy, and exuberantly hook-filled sound."
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Thies was a member of The Assortment for 11 playing a wide variety of popular songs from the 1930's on into the 21st century, as well as many original compositions. The group is now called 4D3. They continue to play their eclectic mix of tunes throughout the 4 Corners, and performed at numerous outdoor shows this summer.

Jason also performs solo, and appeared weekly at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park the last two summers. He has lived in Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee performing at many popular venues that include the Bluebird, Cactus Cafe, Douglas Corner, the Hideout, Ruta Maya, and others. Currently he is writing and recording music for his 5th album. 
 

The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

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Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Boddy Jam #3 - Thursday, September 6th - 5:30-10:00pm - BE THERE!

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Boddy Jam #3 - Thursday, September 6th 5:30-10:00pm
Salida SteamPlant


WHAT'S BODDY JAM?

Every year, local musician, artist, historic preservationist and friend, William Boddy held a jam session at the SteamPlant for all his musician friends to celebrate music, friendship and all Virgo Birthdays. William passed away suddenly in 2015 and this event is held annually to honor the Boddy Spirit of friendship, music, art, learning, sharing, caring and fun.
 
This year’s 3rd Annual Boddy Jam will be held on Thursday, September 6th 5:30-10:00pm at the Salida SteamPlant and will feature music by 7 local bands/performers (see poster for listing).  Attendees will bid on a silent auction with over 75 great items ranging from: airplane rides and ski passes to bike tune-ups and local wines. Proceeds from the auction will fund the popular William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarships, provided through the Salida Council for the Arts.
 
This event will be a FREE, fun, informal party with everyone invited to share in the celebration. Cash bar, food truck and fire pit on the Plaza!
 
Plan to attend and bring a friend! Prepare to dance, have FUN and support a worthy cause, while we remember our friend William Boddy.
 
If you have any questions, please call:
Salida SteamPlant - Trish Bews: 719-530-0933
Salida Council for the Arts: William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship Chairperson - Ken Brandon: 719-539-7443

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Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

August Creative Mixer - Thursday, August 9th 5:30-7:00

AUGUST CREATIVE MIXER

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, August 9 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Sue Ann Hum and musician Drew Petersen in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art- related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.   

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Our Featured Artist: Sue Ann Hum will be showing us her love of architecture as well as landscape. Her exhibit "In and Out" takes us to some of her favorite places, and many of them imagine the story that might have happened if her cat were there. Sue Ann is president of the Salida Council for the Arts and hosts artist trips to France each year with her business My Art Trip. A professional (artist retired from "paycheck and benefits" life) she enjoys traveling, dancing and time with her grandchildren. She and her husband, Rick, have lived in Chaffee County since 2014.

Our Featured Musician: Cotopaxi's guitar wizard John Drew Petersen brings back his instrumental blend of altered tunings and extended acoustic guitar techniques to the Salida Creative Mixer!


The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

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Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Artist Reception - Thursday, August 2nd, 5:00-7:00pm Artist: Sue Ann Hum

"The House in Back" Plein air, Auvers-sur-Oise, France Oils 8 x 10

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Plein air, Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Oils 8 x 10

"In and Out"
Sue Ann Hum, Artist
August 1 - 31, 2018

Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery, Salida, Colorado

Most paintings will be for sale

Exhibit is in the lobby of the SteamPlant the entire month of August and may be viewed daily during opening hours

Opening Artist Reception - THURSDAY, Aug 2  - 5:00 - 7:00
Sue Ann mixes and mingles and the evening features recorded music
Complimentary Snacks, Beer and Wine (thanks, SteamPlant!)  

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
"In and Out" features mostly new & never-exhibited works and is born from travel memories of the artist... and her big, orange cat, BOC. More than just pretty places - we see the ins and outs that have etched a special place in Hum's heart. By working In her studio and Outside en plein air, Sue Ann shares her love for Architecture as well as Landscape in this show. Guests will find the memories decorated with unexpected things like a bowl of Cremé Freche, a chamber pot or parakeets. The artist makes annual trips to France so you can expect certain "joie de vie" and "je ne sais quoi" in the exhibit; but with her heart firmly planted in Chaffee County, she has local flavor to share as well. 

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Jul
15
to Aug 15

William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship - Apply NOW! Deadline: August 15

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Salida Council for the Arts is accepting applications from July 15 to Aug. 15 for the William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship.

Boddy served on the council for many years until his death in September 2015.

The scholarship is designed to fund individuals who want to share their artistic skills and knowledge by teaching community members in classes or workshops.  The council board of directors said in a press release that in creating the program, they focused on Boddy’s own desire to share his many skills and talents.

Applicants may apply online at salidacouncilforthearts.org/passion-to-learn. Selections will be made by Sept. 1.

The scholarship is funded by community contributions and administered by the Salida Council for the Arts.

Thank you to Mike's Garage, Su Casa Sleep Shop, Box of Bubbles, Amica's, TJ Hittle Landscape Architects, Eye Candy, Lisa Marvel, Pam and Don Dubin, Natural Habitats, Broken Strings Guitars, Salida Mountain Sports, Legends Kitchen & Bath Showroom, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, and TLC Landscaping for providing annual support for the scholarship program.

To donate to Council programs or to become an Art Lover of the Arts Council, visit salidacouncilforthearts.org/art-lover.

Mark your calendar for the Third Annual Boddy Jam on Sept. 6 at Salida SteamPlant.

To become a scholarship sponsor or to donate items for the Boddy Jam silent auction, contact Barbara Ewing at 719-207-3262.

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Jul
13
to Aug 31

JULY 2018 Community Grant Recipients Announced

PHOTO - Taken at SCFTA Creative Mixer on 7/12/18   Front Row (Left to Right): Angela Welborn (grant recipient on behalf of Chaffee County EMS), Devon Kasper (grant recipient), Jessie Miller (SCFTA Board Member, Chair of Community Grants Committee), Merry Cox (grant recipient), Jennifer Dempsey (grant recipient on behalf of Red Noses Palestine)  Back Row: Chaffee County EMS Team Members (back row of photo):  FP-C Ryan Mason, ALS Intermediate Jake Chamberlain, Shift Supervisor Jason Anderson, and Paramedic/Director Josh Hadley

PHOTO- Taken at SCFTA Creative Mixer on 7/12/18

Front Row (Left to Right): Angela Welborn (grant recipient on behalf of Chaffee County EMS), Devon Kasper (grant recipient), Jessie Miller (SCFTA Board Member, Chair of Community Grants Committee), Merry Cox (grant recipient), Jennifer Dempsey (grant recipient on behalf of Red Noses Palestine)

Back Row: Chaffee County EMS Team Members (back row of photo):

FP-C Ryan Mason, ALS Intermediate Jake Chamberlain, Shift Supervisor Jason Anderson, and Paramedic/Director Josh Hadley

ANNOUNCING CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF THE SALIDA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS’ COMMUNITY GRANT

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) is proud to announce the current recipients of the 2018 SCFTA Community Grants, “which support specific arts and cultural projects or events,” according to Community Grants Chair Jessie Miller.

 The 5 winners for this cycle of Community Grants are as follows:

Merry Cox has been awarded a $500 Grant for her proposal of “Blessed are the Pollinators Project,” which is a collaborative art installation designed to bring awareness to the plight of the pollinator by flying 1000 prayer flags made by you, your neighbors, and your children. These pollinator flags will be hung up throughout town September 22-23, 2018, during the Art Studio Tour;

Tarek Abzoun, on behalf of Red Noses Palestine, has been awarded $500 for their “The Clown In You” project for a 2-day Clowning Intensive for adults in Chaffee County, which will take place when 4 members of Red Noses Palestine will be coming to Salida in September 2018 for a 2 week residency. Red Noses Palenstine are clown doctors who travel through West Bank hospitals and refugee camps, offering relief through laughter and play to sick and suffering people;

Elliott Jackson, on behalf of Artcipate, has been awarded $500 for their “Scrapyard” project, a class that will be offered to students who will be partnered with local instrument makers, woodworkers, metalworkers, ceramicists, and fabric artists as they create instruments our of recycled materials and “junk.” The students will design and build their opwn instruments, create characters for themselves, and then participate in a musical/drama performance at the end of their class period, while learning about art and recycling of materials along their journeys;

Devon Kasper has been awarded $500 for her annual event of “Shakespeare in the Park.” This year marks the 8th consecutive year for the Shakesperare in the Park community performances, which includes participation from experienced Stage Left veteran adults, college aged alumni, active high school drama team members, and more;

Angela Welborn, on behalf of Chaffee County EMS, has been awarded $500 for their “CCEMS Missions Statement Vision” project, where the CCEMS will commission a painted mural by Tina Gramann, and a sculpture by a local sculpture artist in honor of Dr. Randy Rodak, the Medical Director for CCEMS prior to his passing in 2008. These public art works will be unveiled during the CCEMS public open house during national EMS Week of 2019.

Recipients of the Community Grants were announced, introduced and awarded their checks by Jessie Miller, on behalf of the Salida Council for the Arts and the Community Grants Committee, at the Creative Mixer last night at the Salida SteamPlant, a monthly event taking place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00pm.

In 2017, the Council received 28 exceptional applications, 6 of which were awarded $500 each in Community Grants, totaling $3000. The multitude of applications and the true creative passion of the applicants spoke to the strength of arts and culture in our local community. Congratulations to all the current Grant recipients!” exclaims Miller. This July 2018 marks the first cycle of the 2018 Community Grants. This year, the SCFTA plans to award 10 Community Grants recipients $500 each, for a record total of $5000 for a fiscal year.

These Community Grant projects need to have a definable connection to the Salida Community and be supportive of the Council’s Mission Statement. Sue Ann Hum, SCFTA President, added, “We hope to be able to provide annual support in our community with similar grants. Giving matters. Area residents’ financial support of the Council’s activities and fundraising will continue to make these Grants available in the future, enriching the cultural life of our community. If you want to contribute to the Arts Council, just click on "Support" on our website at  "http://www.salidacouncilforthearts.org"

The SCFTA Mission Statement: “Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, businesses, government and educational institutions.” 

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Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

July Creative Mixer Thursday, July 12, 5:30-7:00pm SteamPlant

You're Invited!
July Creative Mixer

Thursday, July 12th - 5:30-7:00pm
SteamPlant Paquette Gallery & Plaza


The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artists Denise Liebl and Ben Strawn in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery with music on the SteamPlant Plaza by Pint & a Half.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE MIXER: Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.  

FEATURED ARTISTS: Denise Liebl and Ben Strawn have been friends since college at Denver University where their talents spanned multiple mediums and they were driven to persevere as professional artists. Strawn and Liebl have continued to produce art. Salida owes much of its identity as an artists’ town to Strawn and Mel and Bea, his parents. Strawn continues to paint, make furniture, and is unmatched in his ability to salvage items from the second-hand store Caring and Sharing for art and other purposes. Strawn’s work has been featured in Denver’s Walker Fine Art for the past 13 years.  

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Liebl painted murals for Disney before becoming one of the most sought-after faux finish painters in the Houston area. She brought her aptitude for using textures, stencils and painting on large canvases with her when she dove into the world of watercolor about a decade ago. Her work has hung in some of the most prestigious gallery spaces in Houston, and she has participated in Houston’s Glassell School of Art’s Block Program for advanced artists.

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FEATURED MUSICIANS: Duke and Tami Sheppard, of Pint & A Half, met in high school where they were both deep into music; their first date was after a talent show where Tami sang a jaw-dropping version of "Amazing Grace", and Duke's heavy metal band (Duke on drums) performed a heavy version of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way." Tami won. They married shortly after high school, and soon life got in the way: music went by the wayside as college, then starting businesses in downtown Salida (Beadsong in 1995, FatTees in 2005) took over all their time. Around 2013, the creative urge began to stir again, and Duke was given a used guitar by his Dad, a working musician in St. Louis, MO. Before long they were playing a few songs around campfires where friends urged them to perform at an Open Mic Night at Boathouse Cantina. After that first open mic night, Boathouse asked them to play a full show. That first show led to other local gigs and eventually, two albums of original music; the first released in July 2015, and the second on the Howlin' Dog Records label in 2017. They have performed shows for audiences across the country, and continue to tour and write new music.

The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

www.salidacouncilforthearts.org

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