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Creative Mixer

This month's Salida "Creative Mixer" is Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 pm in the SteamPlant Paquette Gallery at 220 West Sackett Avenue in Salida's Downtown Creative District.  Sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts, this popular networking event is a way for local artists, writers, musicians, art lovers and community members to meet and socialize on a casual basis.
The featured artist in the Gallery is Roberta Smith; special musical guest is local duo nth Degree.

As always, the event is free and open to the public.

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.

About the Guest Musicians:
nth Degree is a musical duo with Deb Needell on woodwinds and bass, and Bill Needell on guitar.  Both Deb and Bill sing original singer-songwriter compositions about love, nature and philosophy of life as well as unique acoustic arrangements of standard rock, country and popular songs.

 From Roberta Smith's show  My Dogged Dreams .

From Roberta Smith's show My Dogged Dreams.

Roberta Smith - My Dogged Dreams - now through the month of May.

After years of making adult decisions regarding my artwork, I decided to take heed of my inner child who kept insisting, “Can’t we just have some fun now?”  So I turned the steering wheel of our creativity bus over to her while I tried to recover from my years of study at a prestigious New York art school.  And fun and silliness abounded.  Some very odd aliens invaded my imagination sparked by the freshness and absence of pretense I observed in the drawings of young children.

Then I got Phoebe, an adorable labradoodle puppy, and I truly felt like a child again. 

With Phoebe and her many canine friends I have embarked on a fascinating journey into a world previously unknown to me. Observing their antics both while awake and asleep sparked my fancy.  I can’t help but speculate on what they are thinking or dreaming. 

o I have created some imaginary pups’ dreams complete with accessories evocative of their personalities and of course I have provided them with things to chase, to play with, to sniff and to chew.  Some even have alien companions. w I know this to be true—It’s never too late to have a happy childhood!

Come see the amusing results in paintings prints and collages.