to Apr 15

High School Visual Arts & Performing Arts Scholarship Applications being accepted NOW

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The Salida Council for the Arts Visual Arts and Performing Arts Scholarships are open to any Salida senior who is planning to pursue their interest by attending an accredited college or university. The scholarship amount of $500 will be awarded to each during High School Honors Night.  Click here for more information!

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to Apr 8



Salida's impressive artistic talent is celebrated in the annual Valley Visions Art Show which features up to 40 local artists working in a variety of media. While this is a non-juried art show, attendees of the opening reception on Friday, May 4th 4:00-7:00pm, have the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice Awards which will be announced during the opening reception.

Entry forms accepted from Feb. 8th to April 6th. First 40 entries that meet all requirements will be accepted.  Send in your entry form with payment.  Become a "Friend" of Salida Council for the Arts for discounted entry fee.   For more information, contact: Licia Iverson at: salidacouncilforthearts@gmail.com

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5:30 PM17:30

February Creative Mixer



FEATURED ARTISTS: Artwork created by over 20 artists based on poems written by Salida’s Jennifer Dempsey will be on display and for sale. The show is called: "The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories"


FEATURED MUSICIAN: Joan Lobeck is the featured musician. Lobeck has over 20 years experience as a Catholic Church music director. She has worked as a piano accompanist, vocalist, and choir director. Since moving to Salida a little over a year ago, Joan has started working with Salida Circus and has added concertina and ukulele to her musical repertoire. Joan is looking for opportunities in small venues to play and sing easy-listening music and recently played at Vino Salida. Her music choices often are songs that people can sing along with.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE MIXER: Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is free and open to everyone. It is a casual, social gathering to share information about the local arts scene. The Mixer is a great way to find new friends and collaborators. Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment, and great conversation are yours to enjoy! Join us at “The Mixer” on Thursday, February 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

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 excellent 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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5:00 PM17:00

Artist's Opening Reception


The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories”

An Arts Collaborative – the artwork of 24 Salida artists, inspired by original writings

Curated by Sue Ann Hum and Jennifer Dempsey

February’s Paquette Gallery exhibition, “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories,” is a collaboration of 24 local artists, who will display new work inspired by the poems and prose of Salida’s own Jennifer Dempsey.

Each work is a visual interpretation of Dempsey’s words, which Dempsey and Sue Ann Hum (the exhibition’s curator) have also crafted into a one-act play, to be performed in the Paquette Gallery on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 pm.

More Information

Salida resident Jennifer Dempsey began writing “The Big Bad Mood and Other Love Stories,” short works both humorous and dramatic, 30 years ago. Her writings reflect her struggle, accomplishment, self-doubt, infidelity, hope, loss, joy, love, fear, angst, confidence, and confusion as related to her experience of being a woman.

Participating visual artists are: Laura Barton, Paulette Brodeur, James Brown, Christine Davis, Jennifer Dempsey, Janine Frazee, Tina Gramann, Fay Golson, Katwin Hinerman, Sue Ann Hum, Erica Kinsella, Teresa Koransky, Julie Maas, Jim Marshall, Helen Martin, Sally Mather, Jessie Miller, Zoë Rayor, Max Ruppick, Jimmy Sellars, Karen Shaw, Roberta Smith, Dustin Tidwell, Rich Tyler, and Patti Vincent.

Displayed alongside the artwork will be both the poem that inspired the art and a brief note from the artist about his or her inspiration.

The month-long arts collaboration culminates with an elaborately staged reading of the full works at 3:00 pm February 25, adapted for the stage and directed by local artist Sue Ann Hum. Local actors Paul Byers, Jennifer Dempsey, Denise Goetz, Sharon King, Athena Kintgen, and Sandra Levitt will premiere the now-scripted original poems alongside the exhibition in the Paquette Gallery.

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to Feb 21

Wm. Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship Applications Deadline Feb. 21st.

William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship Applications being Accepted NOW!

Applications will be accepted from February 1 - 21, 2018
Recipients will be notified on March 1, 2018

In an effort to memorialize the contribution William Boddy made to the community of Salida, the Salida Council for the Arts through community contributions has created the William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship.

Reflecting William's desire to share his many skills and talents, the SCFTA selection committee will bi-annually award these scholarships to worthy artists and/or craftspeople who also desire to teach their unique expression in art, music, drama or restoration via classes or workshops for the Salida community. Our mission is to share with as many people as possible to spark interest in artist endeavors, life changing careers or personal enrichment. We wish to tap into the rich creative spirit of Salida and the surrounding area.


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Loving Vincent
7:00 PM19:00

Loving Vincent

“Loving Vincent” addresses its subject, the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, with two what-ifs — one marvelous and fantastical, the other empirical and pedestrian. What if his paintings, with their wild colors and vibrant brush strokes, had been able to move? And what if the bullet that killed him had been fired by someone else?

A long and arduous labor of love by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film turns van Gogh’s work into an unusual kind of biopic. Using tens of thousands of oil paintings commissioned from scores of artists, the filmmakers transform famous works of modern art into a hypnotic and beguiling cartoon. The people van Gogh rendered on canvas — the provincial French functionaries, doctors, barmaids and farmers immortalized on museum walls — are brought to uncanny life, with the voices of professional actors, some of them well known.

Chris O’Dowd gives voice to a village postmaster in “Loving Vincent.” Credit Good Deed Entertainment
They participate in a meandering detective story. Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), the layabout son of a village postmaster (Chris O’Dowd), is instructed by his father to deliver a letter to Vincent’s brother Theo. Armand travels to Paris and then to Auvers-sur-Oise, the northern French town where Vincent died, leaving behind contradictory memories among the people he painted in his final years. They recall a passionate, hard-working artist, but not always the tormented, suicidal genius of legend. 

Tickets available through SteamPlant and on their website through Eventbrite


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January Creative Mixer
5:30 PM17:30

January Creative Mixer


Featured Artist Jennie Noreen of Gunnison finds inspiration for her artwork from spending so much time on and around rivers, water, and in the wilderness. She has a particular infatuation with silk screen printing and strong interest in patterns found in nature. She developed a homemade screen printing setup and creates prints of her work. She enjoys the playfulness and texture of the ink, the bright colors and bold contrasts, the reusable materials, and pulling a fresh new color, lifting the screen, and seeing her prints come to life layer by layer.

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Featured Musician David Tipton plays the Chapman Stick and is well known in the region, having moved to Salida from Ohio in 2008. Beginning in his early teens David played guitar and bass with a wide variety of musical groups. He also spent many years performing as a solo finger-style guitarist. David believes the Chapman Stick gives him the best of both worlds.




Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is free and open to the public. It’s a casual, social gathering to share information about the local arts scene. The Mixer is a great way to find new friends and collaborators. Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment, and great conversation are yours to enjoy!

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 excellent 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.

Visit our website: www.salidacouncilforthearts.org

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December Creative Mixer & Holiday Sing-Along
5:30 PM17:30

December Creative Mixer & Holiday Sing-Along

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the December Creative Mixer at the SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday December 14 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Paula Hudson and musician Megan Lombardo.

About the Featured Artist

From the artist:

“The show is a collection of expressionistic oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings of many subjects. They are products of my feelings about them, such as their sense of intimacy, grandeur, peace, intensity, pleasure, etc. These feelings are represented by a heightened focus on the use of value and color.

“We all have our own means of expression. I am a painter. Others are artists at helping others, at cooking, making herbal remedies, weaving, serving the community, poetry, and many, many more. Along with the many forms of expression there are myriad ways we choose to show our talents. I use color, composition, values, and other technical aspects of painting to convey the feelings and sights that impact me.

“I have been painting since I was 8 years old. I was born in Chicago and moved to Colorado in 1966. I am a Ph.D Speech Language Specialist and have done therapy with children and adults for 45 years. I guess I liked it. During that time, I taught at DU and CU and ran the speech/language program statewide for the state of Colorado.

“I have been in galleries and shows all during that time. Now I am a full-time painter and show in Denver and Crestone. I am presently searching for new markets, as well.”

About the Musician

Megan Lombardo is originally from Sherman, Texas and has been studying piano since the age of six.  She has over ten years experience as professional accompanist, collaborative instrumentalist, solo pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Ms. Lombardo 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.  Ms. Lombardo graduated from Rhodes in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  In addition to her musical endeavors at Rhodes, she was a member of Chi Omega and a co-founding member of the Rhodes College Women’s Center.

About Creative Mixers

Held every second Thursday of each month, the Creative Mixer is free and open to the public. It’s a casual, social gathering to share information about the local arts scene.

The Mixer is a great way to find new friends and collaborators. Free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment, and great conversation are yours to enjoy!

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Entries Now Being Accepted for Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship
to Jan 15

Entries Now Being Accepted for Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship

The 2017 KENT HARUF MEMORIAL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP is open to junior and senior high school students in Chaffee and Fremont Counties, Colorado, for excellence in fiction and creative non-fiction writing.

Students must be previously unpublished writers to participate. Writers may apply in one of four areas:  Short Story, Novel Excerpt/Novella, Creative Nonfiction, and Playwriting.

Sponsored by The Book Haven, Cathy Haruf, and the Salida Council for the Arts, the scholarship honors the memory of the late Kent Haruf, beloved Salida resident and best-selling author of The Tie That Binds, Where You Once Belonged, Plainsong, Eventide, Benediction, and most recently Our Souls At Night, which has also been made into a movie.

Entries and registration for this scholarship will be accepted until January 15 2018, 11:59 p.m.  The shortlist of finalists will be announced February 28, 2018.

Winning entries, finalists, their parents and teachers will be honored at an awards banquet on May 6, 2018. Winners will receive a cash prize of $750 presented by Cathy Haruf, the late author’s wife. The finalists will also participate in a writing workshop taught by a professional author.

Entries for the Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship must be received by January 15, 2018.  For complete information, submission guidelines and entry forms, applicants should visit the website www.honorkentharuf.org/memorialscholarship. Applications and writing samples must be submitted through the website. 

For inquiries or additional information, please contact Lisa Marvel at The Book Haven, 719-539-9629 or thebookhavensch@gmail.com.

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9:00 AM09:00

Breck Film Fest - Film On the Road in Salida


Salida Council for the Arts presents “Breck Film Fest – Film On the Road in Salida!” at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center. A kick-off event the night before, "Celebrate Cinema with Filmmakers," will feature films, trailers and a panel of celebrated local filmmakers in a party atmosphere.

Eleven blocks of films - beginning 9:00AM; concluding 10:00PM.


Tickets are available at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center and the Salida Chamber of Commerce

Movie-goers may select from these ticket offerings:

  • $50 All-Festival Pass - includes Friday night "Celebrate Cinema with Filmmakers" event plus an All-Day pass for Saturday's film blocks.

Priced Separately

  • $25 Friday Night Event (only) - "Celebrate Cinema with Filmmakers"
  • $30 All-Day pass for Saturday (Students - 18 & under are FREE)
  • $10 Single block of films on Saturday (Students - 18 & under are FREE)

"Film on the Road in Salida!" is a fundraiser for the ongoing projects of Salida Council for the Arts.

For more information about the entire Film Festival click HERE

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6:00 PM18:00

Kick-off Event: "Celebrate Cinema with Filmmakers" for Breck Film Fest -Film On the Road in Salida!


"Celebrate Cinema with Local Filmmakers"
Kick-off Event for Breck Film Fest - Film On The Road in Salida
Presented by Salida Council for the Arts
$25 per person

Friday Dec 1             6:00 - 10:00pm     Salida Ballroom

Salida Council for the Arts and The Salida SteamPlant Event Center are
co-hosting the kick-off event for the Film Festival.

The evening will include films, trailers and a panel of
celebrated local filmmakers in a party atmosphere.

Cocktails 6:00
Films 7:00
Panel Discussion 8:20
Party with the pros 9:00
Cash bar and free sponsored bites from favorite local restaurants

Tickets are available at the
Salida SteamPlant Event Center and the Salida Chamber of Commerce

Friday Night Film Program

Julie Speer of Salida will be showing a portion of her Emmy Award winning PBS documentary “Sand Creek Massacre” as well as a trailer for her latest film "Breaking the Mold" which was shot by Salida native Nathan Ward.

Ben Knight of Howard has won an amazing 46 film festival awards in just 10 years.  In 2015, he was a National Geographic Adventurer of the year.  He’ll be showing his latest film “The Last Honey Hunter”  filmed in Nepal for National Geographic and recently nominated for an OSCAR.

Nathan Ward has made award winning films in some of the most remote locations on earth and he’ll be showing several samples of his work.

We'll be seeing a trailer for Paprika leaverton's latest film, HIKO - The Women Juggler's of Tonga.

Beth and George Gage will be showing Kick Ass Katie Lee about river running legend Katie Lee who passed away just this month at age 98.  The film features rarely seen footage of Glen Canyon before it was buried by Lake Powell. 

Following the film showings will be a panel discussion with Moderator Leslie Matthews, Chair of the Board of KHEN.  Audience members will have a chance to interact with the filmmakers first hand and ask questions about the films.

Sponsors for the event:
Wood's Distillery

For more information about the entire film festival, click HERE

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7:30 PM19:30

Alpine Orchestra - "Mostly Mozart"


Come join us on Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 pm for the community-based Alpine Orchestra’s fall performance, Mostly Mozart.

Concerts are also scheduled for Friday, November 10 at 7:30 at Lake County High School in Leadville and Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 pm at ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista.

Concerts are offered free of charge (though donations are most welcome).

Learn more about the Alpine Orchestra here.

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5:30 PM17:30

November Creative Mixer - Thurs. Nov. 9th 5:30-7:00


The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the October Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Max Ruppeck and musician Drew Petersen.

Max Ruppeck’s first watercolor was painted in 1962 when an architectural student at the University of Illinois. He painted sporadically over the next 40-plus years and more seriously since retiring in 2012. Land/city/seascapes are his primary subjects and he also enjoys figurative/portrait painting. Ruppeck shared that his general approach to painting is to lay in the larger areas of value and color using large brushes with as few strokes as possible, followed by highlights, linear elements and textures added with smaller brushes and applicators.

Acoustic guitarist John Drew Petersen has been spreading instrumental magic around central Colorado since the release of his album "Faint But Visible" in early 2017. Altered tunings, partial capos, free harmonics, and "extended techniques" help this Cotopaxi musician/composer create tunes with layered themes and harmonies- like "National Monument", a tribute to the Arkansas River- with just one guitar.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is free and open to the public. It’s a casual, social gathering to share information about the local arts scene. The Mixer is a great way to find new friends and collaborators. Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment, and great conversation are yours to enjoy! Join us at “The Mixer” on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

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October Creative Mixer



The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the October Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Dvora Kanegis and Joe Lobeck of the Salida Circus.

Artist Dvora Kanegis, a life-long painter, finds that after years of painting abstract faces, dancers, and landscapes, that total abstraction is her new passion. Her intent is to create meaningful experiences from color alone with very little form, which she says is an incredibly challenging goal! Dvora has been experimenting with Venetian plaster, which she applies to canvas in many layers, thus making the acrylic paint look luminous. 

Joe Lobeck of the Salida Circus will be on hand to make juggling look easy. Of course, it’s not! His message through juggling is one of determination, hard work, and focus, as we strive for greatness in whatever we do. He’ll share some insights on what it takes to juggle the various pursuits we all take on in our personal and professional lives, and have fun while we’re doing it!

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is free and open to the public. It’s a casual, social gathering to share information about the local arts scene. The Mixer is a great way to find new friends and collaborators. Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment, and great conversation are yours to enjoy!

Join us at “The Mixer” on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

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to Oct 9

Chipeta Rising October 8 & 9


Together We Moved a Mountain!
Chipeta Rising Celebration - October 8 & 9

The Chipeta Rising Celebration is being organized to honor the renaming of Chipeta Mountain in the Sawatch Range on Sunday, October 8, and Monday, October 9, in Salida and surrounding areas.

Free historic, public events will pay tribute to Ute culture with a Unity Walk, reconciliation and rededication presentations and ceremonies, performances, a blessing of the Arkansas River, a mountain dedication ceremony, memorial summit climb, and a mountain blessing for Chipeta Mountain at the summit.

This historic occasion will be led by our esteemed guests, Chipeta's Family and the Ute Tribal Council. Many members of the Ute Tribe will be present for these ceremonies, their dancers, and their drummers. You won't want to miss this event. Bring your entire family. 

For a full schedule of events for the Chipeta Rising Celebration, visit the Chipeta Mountain Project website: www.chipetamountain.com

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7:30 AM07:30

Salida Ballcano 2017 - BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!



Salida Ballcano is an annual event where the Salida Council for the Arts partners with a local school to conduct a fabulously fun fundraiser. Proceeds (after expenses) are shared equally between the two organizations. This year's fundraiser benefits the Salida Montessori Charter School and the Salida Council for the Arts. 

A Pancake Breakfast will be served on the SteamPlant Plaza from 7:30am until 9:30am BEFORE the “Ball drop”. The breakfast ($8/Adults & $4/Youth) will go to benefit wildfire victims. The ball drop will take place down Tenderfoot Mountain, aka “S” Mountain at 10:00AM.

Ball tickets may be purchased at www.salidaballcano.com for $10 each and from Box of Bubbles and Kaleidoscope Toys. You may buy as many tickets as you’d like– the more tickets you purchase, the better your chance of winning!

NOTE: You do not actually receive a ball (as they will be used again in future years) but are rather paying for an opportunity to win a cash prize if your numbered ball is one of the balls that goes the furthest. There are 3 different sized balls and they will be numbered randomly so that everyone has a “fair” chance.

Following are the cash prizes that will be awarded to the 9 balls that travel the furthest down “S” mountain. The course that the balls will flow will be on the east side of “S” Mountain. There is a possibility the course will change. It will be obvious the morning of the ball eruption on October 7. Winners will be notified by phone and email.

$500 prize (furthest ball to roll down the mountain)
$250 prize (2nd furthest ball to roll down the mountain)
$100 prize (3rd furthest ball to roll down the mountain)
$25 prizes (4th-9th furthest balls to roll down the mountain)

“Thank you for participating in the Second Annual Salida Ballcano,” said Salida Council for the Arts Vice-President and Ballcano Ballvedero Ken Brandon. “This is a really fun way we all can raise money to benefit multiple good causes and get people participating in a fabulously fun original hometown Salida idea!”  

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to Sep 10

Salida Fiber Festival


You are all invited to the Grand Opening of the Second Fiber Art Exhibition, held in conjunction with the Salida Fiber Festival!  It will be your opportunity to be among the first to see this beautiful exhibit of fiber creations by local artists and festival vendors, to vote for the People’s Choice award, and to attend the free film, Yarn, featuring three international fiber artists.  Please join us Friday, September 8, 5:30-6:30pm in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant for the Opening, with the awards and film to follow immediately in the theater.

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7:00 PM19:00

Reading at The Book Haven

Reading at The Book Haven on Saturday May 6th
Featuring: David Hicks and Peter Anderson

David Hicks, writer, editor, professor at Regis University, will read from his new book, "White Plains".
He has invited his friend, Peter Anderson, poet, from Crestone, who will read from his new book of poems.

Reading begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Book Haven, 135 F Street, Salida, CO 81201

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5:30 PM17:30

May's Creative Mixer

You are invited to May's Creative Mixer!   

Join the Salida Council for the Arts on Thursday, May 11 in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant Event Center for a fine and festive social hour, from 5: 30 to 7.    Munchies are served, the cash bar is open, live keyboard music will be playing and you’ll hear news about SO many creative projects being launched.  Join us, bring your friends, meet some new ones,  and, if you have news about your own artistic endeavor, you’re invited to step up on the “Soapbox” and share the excitement.

Imagine!  The guest artist in the Paquette this month is Salida Circus, Colorado’s most creative circus!  Jennifer Dempsey, founder/performer/mama/fundraiser supreme will be on hand at Creative Mixer to tell us about a special celebration for Memorial Day Weekend.

Salida Circus celebrates it’s 10-Year Anniversary!  Hundreds of kids - adults too - have participated in our circus’s festive program over the years: aerial acts, stiltwalkers, tumbling, juggles, clowning, doggy performers with more and more exciting acts added regularly.

Performing all over the state, and internationally in Ireland and Jordan, they stage workshops and special performances, indoors and out.  Salida Circus always presents good fellowship with colorful entertainment.

Creative Mixer is honored to feature keyboarder Joan Lubeck, in her first Mixer appearance.  Joan ( who also has a connection to Salida Circus, ask her! ) is new to Salida and is booking background music in small venues.  ( Does your gallery or store still need some music for Art Walk? )  She’s a vocalist, accompanying herself on piano and ukulele.   Her extensive background is as a church accompanist, choir director, and soloist.  
Joan is now exploring new opportunities, such as joining a small ensemble or pairing up with a guitarist/vocalist, so ask her about that too!  

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6:00 PM18:00

Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship Awards Banquet

The Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship was established in 2015 by The Book Haven in Salida, Colorado in memory of author Kent Haruf (1943-2014). Haruf’s six award-winning novels, all set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado include Plainsong (1999), Eventide (2004), Benediction (2013), and Our Souls at Night, published posthumously May 26, 2015.

The Scholarship is open to High School juniors and seniors who submitted works of fiction or creative non-fiction. Four finalists were selected in January, 2017, and they will have the opportunity to gain writing insight during the Workshop, prior to the Banquet. Susan Tweit will be the Workshop Facilitator and Master of Ceremonies at The Awards Banquet.

At 7:00, each of the four finalists will read a portion of their submission for the Scholarship.The finalists all chose to write a short fiction piece. Hennerey Laughlin of Canon City High School wrote “Sleep for Now”, Kyndall Newell of Salida High School submitted “Sweet Revenge”, Berlin VanNess from Buena Vista High School wrote “Running With The Wind”, and Michael White from Canon City High School shared “The Banjo and Freedom; Do Your Part”.

The Scholarship and Award Certificate will then be presented to the winner by Jennifer Dempsey, since Cathy Haruf will be recovering from hip surgery.

The menu for the dinner will be:

          Sesame Miso Soup
          Mandarin Orange Salad with toasted almonds
          Choice of Beef, Shrimp, or Vegetarian Curry
          Basmati Rice
          Chocolate Mousse

David Tipton will be playing his Chapman stick.

Reservations Required!
Cost for the event is $30, which includes a donation to the Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Please RSVP to thebookhavenlisa@gmail.com with your choice of Main Course.

Thank you very much for joining us at the 2nd Annual Awards Banquet!

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to May 7

"We Are The Song"

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Performances are scheduled as follows:

Friday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.  Clearview Community Church, 457 Rodeo Road, Buena Vista, CO

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. SteamPlant Event Center, Salida, CO

Sunday, May 7, 2:00 p.m.  First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida, CO 

Suggested donation $10.00 to help pay for the cost of music, publicity and our scholarship fund. Information: Linda Taylor 539-2428  www.salidasings.org

Reserve the weekend of May 5-7 for "We Are the Song!" by The Noteables and You've Got Male, presented by Salida Sings and directed by Linda Taylor. Join us in celebrating the healing power of music. The concert will be guaranteed to lift your spirits, make you laugh and bring joy to your hearts.  

“We Are the Song”, written by local award-winning singer/songwriter, Mark Rostenko of Cotopaxi, and arranged for three vocal parts by the director, will be a highlight of the concert.

The program also includes Paul Simon’s “Love Me Like A Rock”, Broadway’s “Forty-Second Street” with tap dancers, Jan Justis and Tudi Pesch, “The Voice” by Celtic Woman, Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and the hilarious “The Pirate’s Life.” “The Silence and the Song”, “Heading Home”, "We Can Plant A Forest" and “Come In From the Firefly Darkness” present a tapestry of Nature’s music that unites us in harmony and peace. "Let All Nations Sing" and "Rhythms of One World" celebrate the universality of music and will get you dancing in your seats. 
Some of the songs will feature electric bass, trumpet and piccolo. Drummer extraordinaire, Kurt Wipperfurth, will be back for his fifth season.


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4:00 PM16:00

Valley Visions Opening Reception is May 5th

The sixth annual "Valley Visions" art exhibition, sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA), will kick off with a public Grand Opening Reception on Friday, May 5 from 4-7 pm in the SteamPlant Annex. Celebrated as a showcase for the Arkansas River Valley's top established and emerging creative talent, the exhibit will feature forty of the area's most innovative painters, sculptors, photographers, and artisans.   

All entries will be for sale at special exhibit prices.  A $5-10 suggested donation at the door supports the Council's scholarship program for local high school students, and entitles guests to a banquet of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, cash bar, meet-the-artist opportunities, "first dibs" on the artwork for sale, and a ballot to vote for the coveted People's Choice Awards.  

Award winners will be announced at the reception's conclusion, and will receive cash and/or merchandise prizes in addition to Award Certificates.  All guests will be eligible to win valuable door prizes as well.

Artists featured in this year's show are:  Bill Althoff, Joanie Barbier, Dan Bishop, Orlin Camerlo, Cary Carlson, Carol Cartwright, Wanda Dammeyer, Mary Drawbert, David Eckstein, Gail Franke, Linda Frances, Hannelore Gabriel, Linda Gibas, Jean Hanfelt, Ginny Holzwarth, Sue Ann Hum, Licia Iverson, Martin Jolley,  

Dvora Kanegis, Erica Kinsella, Julie Maas, Sally Mather, Susan Mayfield, Lila McClellan, Padgett McFeely, Jessica Miller, Dana Mortenson, Conrad Nelson, Tia Pleiman, Zoe Rayor, Max Ruppeck, Jude Silva, Susan Spohn, Starpoint, Mel Strawn, Rich Tyler, Donna Wagle, and Mary Hansen Wolfe.

Lisa Marvel, SCFTA Committee Chairman for the exhibition, remarked that "Valley Visions seems to get better every year--and the quality of this 2017 show is testimony to the amazing wealth of first class creative talent in our community. 
Salida really IS 'The Biggest Little Art Town In Colorado'!"

The Valley Visions art exhibition will remain on display through May.  For exhibit hours and more information, visit salidacouncilforthearts.org

Sponsored by: Amica's and 50 Burger in Salida

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6:00 PM18:00

Dinner & Discussion at The Book Haven

Read the book, then bring a few questions and comments to share while enjoying wine, music, and dinner!

Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00 PM

RSVP Required!   Call 719-539-9629

Featured Book: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, "a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives."

Featured Musicians: Ed and Paula Berg

Featured Cuisine:  Scallop and Avocado Appetizer, Green Bean Salad with Caprese, Beef Bourguignon with French Bread, Creme Brulee, French Wines


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5:30 PM17:30

April's Creative Mixer

Evan Colt, Senior in AP Art

Reya Sunshine, Senior in AP Art

The Salida Council for the Arts' next Creative Mixer will be held on April 13. This free monthly gathering of creatives and art appreciators is your best way to directly know what's coming up on the Salida arts scene. Held from 5:30 - 7:00 at the Salida SteamPlant, the Mixer features announcements of upcoming arts, free snacks and a cash bar.

Featured in the SteamPlant's Paquette Gallery this month is the juried art competition from seven area schools. The 25th Annual Tri-Peaks League Art Show is hosted this year by Janine Frazee, Salida High School’s Fine Arts Teacher.  The art show consists of 10-14 pieces from each high school ranging from both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.  The League Art Show is a highly competitive student art show showcasing the top artists from each school’s art program and awards ribbons to winners. When a student earns If a high school student has a piece in the show it speaks volumes about the quality, creativity, idea, skill, technique and media of their artwork.  Schools participating this year are Manitou Springs High School, Fountain Valley High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Vanguard Classical School, James Irwin Charter School, Buena Vista High School, and Salida High School. SCFTA Board Member Mark Rittman from the Maverick Potter and Jessica Vogel from Art & Salvage have juried the show.  They award ribbons for First, Second, and Third Places in both 2D & 3D respectively as well as choose The Best of Show and two Juror’s Choice awards. A People’s Choice award, is voted on by those who come to view the show and the recipient will be awarded the ribbon at the closing of the show.  All other artwork automatically receives Honorable Mention Ribbons.     

This month's musician at Creative Mixer is TJ Hittle, a session musician who has been playing guitars in bands since age 14. He moved to Salida in 2013 after playing professionally since 1964 across the Midwest. He is the leader for the Salida-based trio TJ & Friends.  His music ranges from originals to soulfully played ballads in blues, jazz, rock, country and Americana. He can often be seen playing with his trio or backing other groups at HubBub Brewery, Vino Salida, the Boathouse, Benson’s Tavern, City Park concerts and other local venues.

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11:58 PM23:58

Valley Visions Announces Call for Entry - Deadline: April 7 2017

All Salida-area artists are invited to submit their work for exhibition in the popular annual "Valley Visions" show, sponsored by the Salida Council for the Arts.  Deadline for entries in this 6th Annual Show is Friday April 7, 2017.

Designed as a showcase for the area's top creative talent, the non-juried exhibit will be on display May 5-30 in the Salida SteamPlant Annex.  All entries will be for sale, with 80% of proceeds going to the artist and 20% to benefit the SteamPlant.

The exhibition will kick off with a Public Grand Opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 4-7 pm.  The event will feature gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, cash bar, "meet the artist" opportunities, voting and presentation of People's Choice Award winners.

Valley Visions is open to all greater Salida area (40-mile radius) artists, photographers, artisans and sculptors; one entry per person.   Patrons attending the reception will vote for their People's Choice favorites; and winners will receive cash and/or merchandise prizes in addition to Award Certificates.  The show and winners will be heavily publicized throughout the Rocky Mountain region; and many entries traditionally sell at the grand opening reception and throughout the show's duration.

Because of space limitations, this highly popular show is limited to the first 40 entries received.

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5:30 PM17:30

February's Creative Mixer

Three local art projects will be awarded grants from Salida Council for the Arts at their Creative Mixer this month, to be held this coming Thursday, March 9th.  This is the first of three cycles for 2017 Community Grants, giving support to local arts projects by the Arts Council.

At the free monthly event you’ll also meet artists, art appreciators, local residents or visitors, chat with Council members about current projects and hear details of upcoming creative projects throughout the Arkansas Valley.

“To Salida with LOVE” is the title of this month’s art exhibit in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant Event Center where the Creative Mixer is held. This work, by Salida artist and instructor Tina Gramann, is what she calls “an art show of sentiment, memory, & whimsy captured in pictures, chalk art, & paintings.” Tina has worked in early childhood education, professional theatre and visual art for over 20 years and is the founder and instructor at Salida Creativity Lab.

Scott Adams brings his hugely popular finger-style guitar music to the Mixer. Known for his mastery of Hawaiian slack key, folk, blues, ragtime and bottleneck styles.  Influenced by Leo Kottke, John Fahey, and Stephan Grossman, among others, Scott has been playing solo for more than 35 years; and builds exotic steel-string guitars as a hobby.

Entry to the Mixer is always free, and the Salida Council for the Arts encourages you leave have your pocket change to help offset expenses! All donations go to the general operating fund, which brings you the Creative Mixer, Community Grants, Salida Art Walk and more!

Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available; as will the always-popular "soapbox", where anyone can stand up and make announcements of interest to the crowd.

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1:30 PM13:30

March Dies Librorum - Festival of Books, Act One!

Dies Librorum—Festival of Books - Act One

Monday, March 6th; 6:00 PM
RSVP Required!   $10
Please call 719-539-9629 to reserve your spot!

Featured Musician: 
David Tipton

Featured Authors:

Nancy Oswald
Trouble Returns, Trouble on the Tracks, Rescue in Poverty Gulch

Ruby and Maude Adventures set in Cripple Creek, CO.

Jim Remington
Mostly Short, Mostly True Stories from Ireland
A compilation of thirty-one short stories created with humor, information, insight and spirituality.

Laura Pritchett
The Blue Hour

The lives of the tight-knit community of Blue Moon Mountain, nestled high in the Colorado Mountains, twist and collide in unexpected ways when faced with a violent tragedy.

Featured Cuisine
Sesame Chicken and Vegetables, Basmati Rice, Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Dessert, and Wine.

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