Jul
20
to Aug 20

APPLY NOW! Call for Applications! Passion to Learn Scholarships Application deadline August 20, 2019

Call for Applications - DEADLINE: August 20, 2019

William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarships  

Salida Council for the Arts is accepting applications from July 20th to August 20th for the William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarships. Boddy served on the arts 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.  In creating the program, the council board of directors focused on Boddy’s own desire to share his many skills and talents.

Applicants may apply online or download an application at www.salidacouncilforthearts.org/passion-to-learn

Selections will be announced at the 4th Annual Boddy Jam on September 5th at the SteamPlant Ballroom.

The scholarship is funded by community contributions and administered by the Salida Council for the Arts.
 
Thank you to Mike’s Garage, Su Casa Furniture & Sleep Shop, Box of Bubbles, Pam and Don Dubin, Amicas Pizza, TJ Hittle Landscape Architects, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Eye Candy, Lisa Marvel, TLC Landscaping, Natural Habitat Designs, Salida Mountain Sports, Legends Kitchen & Bath Showroom and Broken Strings Guitar for providing annual support for the scholarship program.

Mark your calendar for the Fourth Annual Boddy Jam on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019….More details to come! 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE CONTACT KEN BRANDON 719-539-7443.

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

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP & PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
Upon Williams death in September, 2015, people who admired his contributions to the community in the arts, music and historical renovation and his giving and teaching nature, created a scholarship in his name; the William Boddy “Passion to Learn” Scholarship.   This scholarship is administered by the Salida Council for the Arts with funds raised through individual donations, business sponsorships and through the silent auction at the Boddy Jam.  Our annual goal is to raise $5,000 which provides 6 - 10 scholarships for creative instructors in our community each year.  These classes are then provided free to our community.  Our mission is to promote forms of creative enrichment for all ages.   Here is a list of classes/workshops provided in the past.

·    Afro-Cuban Drumming, 6 workshops with Trevor “Bones” Davis
·    Costume set/design, 5 workshops with Krista Jarvis & Andrea Mossman
· Smashing Recycled Jewelry/Metalworking with Christine Davis
· Cinema at the Crossroads, Evolution of Film & Cinematic Arts w/ Stephen Renner
· Circular Mixed Media from found objects with Hannelore Gabriel
· Color Theory for Visual Arts with Dan Bishop
·    Improvisation Skills with Jennifer Dempsey & Devon Kasper
·  6 Versatile Drum Clinics with Trevor “Bones” Davis
·    Tumbling Tots with Jennifer Dempsey at 3 Early Childhood Centers
·    Learning Ukulele at the Boys & Girls Club with Joan Lobeck
·    Pastel Painting for Beginners with Julie Maas
·    Celebrating the Crone & constructing Polymer Clay figurines with Diane Lara
·    Contemporary Guitar Building with Jeff Bamburg
·    Art Enhancement in Photoshop with Mel Strawn & Solar Etching
·    An Actors Toolbox – Theatre with Jan Justis & Allen Lane
·    Creative Dance & Fitness with PoleCatz

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

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Moonlight Monday: All-day pizza eating goodness
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Moonlight Monday: All-day pizza eating goodness

Monday, Sept 16
Moonlight Pizza
242 F St, Salida, CO 81201

Moonlight Pizza does so much good in our community by sponsoring Moonlight Mondays. 10% of Sales benefit Salida Council for the Arts on Sept 16 from 11am to close. Join us for lunch AND Dinner at Moonlight! https://moonlightpizza.biz/event/moonlight-monday-salida-council-for-the-arts/

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Creative Mixer: Poetry in Watercolor
Aug
8
5:30 PM17:30

Creative Mixer: Poetry in Watercolor

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During the month of August 2019, The Paquette Gallery in Salida Colorado will feature the watercolor paintings of Mariposa Marangia. Mariposa lives in Arvada Colorado. She is a member of the Colorado Watercolor Society; Arvada Fine Art Guild, Arvada Artist Assembly, and Denver Hillside Artist Group. Mariposa’s watercolor paintings are characterized by a loose, semi-abstract style, focusing on the play of light and mood.

Our featured musician Mark Stidham (aka Bubbha Ganoush) was born in a missile silo outside Wichita, Kansas. As an Army brat he lived in Germany and Panama, developing an eclectic taste in music. Also, a big shout out to Armed Forces radio. for playing anything and everything.  He formed his first band in Middle School, a KISS cover band, and you can guess what happened after that...More bands, etc. Mark has performed from Florida to Oregon.

Mark combines several styles of guitar with vocals, playing his own songs and select covers. 

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Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

July Creative Mixer July 11 5:30-7:00 Paquette Gallery

JULY CREATIVE MIXER

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The Salida Council for the Arts invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer in the Paquette Gallery at the Salida SteamPlant on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30-7:00pm featuring artist Mary Hansen Wolfe and musicians, The Wail'n Hennies.

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 ARTIST: Mary Hansen Wolfe was born in Denver and was fortunate enough, as early as 4th grade, to take the city bus to the Denver Art Museum for some classes, and is grateful to her parents for their love of the visual arts.

After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado Mary joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Brazil. She then worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Indian Boarding School dormitories in the Nazlini AZ. Afterward she worked for a special education program out of Steamboat Springs before earning her Masters degree in special education from UNC in Greeley CO, enabling her to teach elementary special education in Colorado Springs for 32 years, incorporating art into much of her teaching.

After retirement, Mary began doing more of her own artwork. She and her husband Tom moved to Salida 5 years ago where she finds the art community a wonderful resource and inspiration for her. She is currently teaching watercolor painting. She enjoys working in watercolor, oil, pastel, relief printing and most recently with gouache.

“Painting for me is an important part of my journey in life,” said Mary. “When I am painting, either in plein air or in the studio, I am slowing down my life and absorbing into my soul some of what is around me. This life offers us so many incredible gifts. Painting brings me, emotionally and spiritually into the present moments of my life and the beauty that is around us all. When others connect emotionally with my work, my love of painting becomes a vehicle for relationships with others. I treasure the journey that I am on. I am blessed when I can share any part of that journey with another person.”

FEATURED MUSICIANS: The Wail’n Hennies began in 2017 when Eunice Collette and Francie Bomer met at the Coaldale Schoolhouse jam and discovered a mutual love for singing harmonies. They were joined by mandolin player, Jenny Varden, in 2018, and have performed locally since then.

In a range of styles from Americana to gospel, the Wail'n Hennies deliver an eclectic mix of covers, old and new, from the likes of Gillian Welsh, Tom Petty, Iris Dement, John Hartford, Tom Paxton, and Elephant Revival, as well as heartfelt and inspiring originals.

All three women have been members of other groups over the years, and possess a wide range of talent featuring strong vocals, rich harmonies, guitars, mandolin, and percussion. Aside from the play on words, their name (The Wail’n Hennies) was derived from the Urban Dictionary meaning of “Hennies” as, “amazing friends who will always be there for you.” It seems to fit!

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May
9
5:30 PM17:30

Creative Mixer

The May 9 Creative Mixer features music by Jason Thies and a retrospective show of artwork by the late Ted Fish. 5:30-7:00 Paquette Gallery. Come out and enjoy art, music, free snacks, cash bar, announcements about upcoming creative happenings, great conversation!

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Apr
30
11:30 AM11:30

High School Scholarship Applications: Performing Arts & Visual Arts! APPLY NOW! Deadline April 30th!

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The Salida Council for the Arts is accepting applications until April 30th for a Performing Arts and a Visual Arts Scholarship. An application can be found on the SCFTA website.

http://Salidacouncilforthearts.org/scholarship-program

The $500 scholarship is open to any graduating student who plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2019 as a freshman, and who has participated in and benefited from Salida visual and performing art programs.

Applications can be submitted through the Salida Council for the Arts website or printed and
mailed/delivered to Box of Bubbles 206 E St. Salida CO 81201.

For additional questions please contact me, Ken Brandon, chair of the Scholarship committee for the SCFTA. Ken can be reached at Box of Bubbles or by email at bwgraphics47@gmail.com

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Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

April Creative Mixer - April 11th 5:30-7:00 - SteamPlant

APRIL 2019 CREATIVE MIXER

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant in both the Paquette and Diesslin Galleries on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Joe Beakey and musician John Drew Petersen.

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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FEATURED ARTIST: Photographer Joe Beakey presents his show, Colorado and the Southwest. He has been a photographer for eight years and his work has been juried into several noteworthy regional and national shows. Joe’s photography focuses on unusual angles and lighting for his subjects. He strives to take landscape photographs that are unique and have beauty and color to them. As for his black and white photographs, he tries to have intense lines and shadows, making a somewhat bold look.

Joe is a native Coloradoan and Salida High graduate of the Class of ’61. He is retired Air Force after 26 years of service. Having lived in Tucson AZ for 26 years, he moved back to Colorado eight years ago where he’s lived in Greeley and Lake City and moved to Poncha Springs in early 2018.

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FEATURED MUSICIAN: Acoustic guitar instrumentalist John Drew Petersen has been touring Central Colorado with his unconventional "extended technique" approach for three years now. His third album, "Warble", is in the studio and set for an early summer of 2019 release. Enjoy a live listen to some of the looping, partial capos, free harmonics, cross-hand playing, and altered tunings that keep folks coming out to hear his creative approach, reminiscent to some of the "Windham Hill" school of instrumental music. John Drew Petersen’s Performance Schedule link is: https://jdpmm.blogspot.com/2019/03/john-drew-petersen-2019-performance.html.

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Mar
14
5:30 PM17:30

March Creative Mixer - Thursday, March 14th 5:30-7:00pm

MARCH CREATIVE MIXER

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant in the Paquette Gallery on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Cody Oldham and musician Andrea Cohen.

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. 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 ARTIST: Cody Oldham is a 15 year-old wildlife and landscape painter who has been painting four years. There is nothing else he’d rather do, each day beginning with gratitude to have the opportunity to learn more and express himself in his paintings.

Cody paints for hours every day to improve, either in the studio or en plein air. He is always pushing myself harder and trying new things. He believes experimentation is learning.

Living in the mountains of Colorado, Cody is surrounded by vast landscapes that are inspiring to him. From the leaf on a tree to a dramatic mountain scene, his environment motivates him in many different ways. Every time he looks at an animal’s face or into its eyes, he thinks of a new idea for a painting.

Cody’s mentors and heroes are Robert Bateman, John Banovich, James Gurney and Andrew Tischler. All these artists have helped him progress quickly in his painting and career. His artist father is a huge influence, helping him fine-tune many aspects of his paintings.

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FEATURED MUSICIAN: Andrea Cohen started out studying classical viola at the age of 8. In her early teen years she was introduced to traditional music, and was hooked! On the inheritance of her grandfather’s fiddle, her days as a fiddle player began, and she has never looked back. She has been playing traditional fiddle for over 30 years in contra dance and old time string bands, performing, teaching workshops and playing for dances throughout the US and internationally.

Her love of traditional dance similarly began at a young age. She started attending contra and square dances about the same time she started fiddling, and those two passions have always remained intertwined. After being introduced to clogging, an Appalachian style of percussive dance, Andrea joined the MN-based Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, performing regionally and internationally for six years. Somewhere along the line, she also became a dance caller and now spends as much time calling dances as fiddling for them.

Andrea's favorite traditional music styles include southern Appalachian old time, Irish, French Canadian, Cajun and Swedish. In addition to fiddle, Andrea plays clawhammer banjo, viola, feet (clogging) and sings with several different bands for dances and festivals, leads a monthly old time jam session, and teaches fiddle and viola.

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Mar
1
to Apr 15

APPLY NOW! Call for Applications! Passion to Learn Scholarships Applications being accepted March 1-April 15

Call for Applications - DEADLINE: August 20th

William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarships  

Salida Council for the Arts is accepting applications from July 20th to August 20th for the William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarships. Boddy served on the arts 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.  In creating the program, the council board of directors focused on Boddy’s own desire to share his many skills and talents.

Applicants may apply online or download an application at www.salidacouncilforthearts.org/passion-to-learn

Selections will be announced at the 4th Annual Boddy Jam on Thursday, September 5th at the SteamPlant Ballroom

The scholarship is funded by community contributions and administered by the Salida Council for the Arts.
 
Thank you to Mike’s Garage, Su Casa Furniture & Sleep Shop, Box of Bubbles, Pam and Don Dubin, Amicas Pizza, TJ Hittle Landscape Architects, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Eye Candy, Lisa Marvel, TLC Landscaping, Natural Habitat Designs, Salida Mountain Sports, Legends Kitchen & Bath Showroom and Broken Strings Guitar for providing annual support for the scholarship program.

Mark your calendar for the Fourth Annual Boddy Jam on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019….More details to come! 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE CONTACT KEN BRANDON 719-539-7443.

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

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP & PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
Upon Williams death in September, 2015, people who admired his contributions to the community in the arts, music and historical renovation and his giving and teaching nature, created a scholarship in his name; the William Boddy “Passion to Learn” Scholarship.   This scholarship is administered by the Salida Council for the Arts with funds raised through individual donations, business sponsorships and through the silent auction at the Boddy Jam.  Our annual goal is to raise $5,000 which provides 6 - 10 scholarships for creative instructors in our community each year.  These classes are then provided free to our community.  Our mission is to promote forms of creative enrichment for all ages.   Here is a list of classes/workshops provided in the past:

·    Afro-Cuban Drumming, 6 workshops with Trevor “Bones” Davis
·    Costume set/design, 5 workshops with Krista Jarvis & Andrea Mossman
· Smashing Recycled Jewelry/Metalworking with Christine Davis
· Cinema at the Crossroads, Evolution of Film & Cinematic Arts w/ Stephen Renner
· Circular Mixed Media from found objects with Hannelore Gabriel
· Color Theory for Visual Arts with Dan Bishop
·    Improvisation Skills with Jennifer Dempsey & Devon Kasper
·  6 Versatile Drum Clinics with Trevor “Bones” Davis
·    Tumbling Tots with Jennifer Dempsey at 3 Early Childhood Centers
·    Learning Ukulele at the Boys & Girls Club with Joan Lobeck
·    Pastel Painting for Beginners with Julie Maas
·    Celebrating the Crone & constructing Polymer Clay figurines with Diane Lara
·    Contemporary Guitar Building with Jeff Bamburg
·    Art Enhancement in Photoshop with Mel Strawn & Solar Etching
·    An Actors Toolbox – Theatre with Jan Justis & Allen Lane
·    Creative Dance & Fitness with PoleCatz

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

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Feb
14
5:30 PM17:30

February 2019 Creative Mixer - Thurs., Feb. 14th; 5:30-7:00pm Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery

"For the Love of Art"....
Come to the - FEBRUARY CREATIVE MIXER

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the monthly Creative Mixer in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday, February 14 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring the late Gene Diodato artist retrospective and musicians Bob Campbell and Joan Lobeck.

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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FEATURED ARTIST:Eugene “Gene” Diodato (1935-2013) was one of the few who had the talent and skills to replicate when light has transformed nature from the predictable to the surreal. For Gene, painting nature brought happiness, love and reverence. His work has been described as having “a quality of gentleness.” The subtlety of his colors and choice of subject matter never shout for attention, but appeal rather to the perceptive insight of the viewer.

The last 25 years of Gene’s life were spent in nature, mostly painting in the Upper Arkansas Valley…not as a vocation, but rather as a path toward self-fulfillment. Even as an infant, he revelled in the moments when light transformed the world from the usual into the transcendent. Gene painting what was real, always governed by adherence to the truth that nature displays. He distinguished between looking and seeing.

“Looking,” Gene explained, “clouds the truth with assumptions, biases, and inaccurate conclusions. Seeing, on the other hand, discerns the truth of what our eyes are viewing.”

Seeing combined with a decades-long discipline of accurately mixing pigments in the moment to match the unique palette the world was revealing elevates Gene’s body of work from the average to the exceptional.

FEATURED MUSICIANS:Joan Lobeck and Bob Campbell have teamed up to be the featured musicians for February’s Creative Mixer. Joan brings her experience as a piano accompanist and vocalist. Joan was the accompanist for the High School Drama Club’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and the musical director for KHEN’s “Tenderfoot Mountain Kaper” Radio Show this past fall. Bob will be crooning and accompanying on guitar. He is a member of “You’ve Got Male” and sings at the Methodist church. The duo has sung together at Vino Salida and has prepared a repertoire of love songs for the Valentine’s Day Creative Mixer. Everyone will be invited to join in for a special Love Songs sing-along. Bring your sweetheart for a one of a kind Valentine’s musical evening! 

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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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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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