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.
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.
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.