Notes from the Soap Box

NOTES FROM THE SOAP BOX!
The second Thursday of every month the Salida Council for the Arts hosts the Creative Mixer at the SteamPlant's Paquette Gallery. One of the time-honored traditions is the Soap Box - where locals stand and deliver the creative news of the valley.

Maverick Potter will host a wheel-throwing class on Monday nights from 5:30 - 7:30. Contact Mark Rittman to register for the class! MaverickPotter.com

F Street Gallery (119 North F Street) will offer Open Figure Drawing opportunity on Feb. 18th from 6:00 - 8:30. $10.
Introduction to Pastels Workshop with artist, Mary Wolfe
Saturday, Feb. 27; 10-3 and Sunday, Feb. 28, 1-6$100

Nominations are being accepted for the "portrait wall" that will show people in the community who have made a difference in Salida. See facebook page, Heart of Salida Project or contact Lori Tatum at the F Street Gallery. FStreetGallery.com

Dustin Tidwell is helping others with digital distribution of art, as he is so appreciative of the care and generosity members of the community and artists have shared with him. PaintedMedicine.com

Rick Smith announced that the Sellars Project Space is exhibiting photographs in the Twitchell Building of Dutch photographer Maarten Haverkamp for Second Saturday (2/13) SellarsProjectSpace.com/art-at-the-twitchell

School of NIN, Joe Lobeck will be offering martial arts and acrobatics at The Boys and Girls Club from March 21-25. He also has a Martial Arts class on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 in the Episcopal Church basement.

Working with the Creative District, Tina Gramman is an artist educator for the Children's Discovery Ranch at Hutchinson Ranch. Children 3, 4, and 5 years of age are studying art in all forms!  Also, Drama Education has begun at the Montessori School!

Licia Iverson shared information about the upcoming Valley Visions Art Exhibition. Applications are available on the SCFTA website and are due by April 8th with the entry fee. The first 40 applicants will have the opportunity to display their work at the exhibition. SalidaCouncilfortheArts.org/valley-visions

Among many things being planned for Art Walk, Mini-masterpiece canvases are being received for possible inclusion in the second annual Mini-Masterpiece Commemorative Catalog. Minis are available for pick-up at The Book Haven, 135 F Street. SalidaArtWalk.org

Terraphilia will be hosting 2 residents this year, one in May
(who will be working on an eco-history novel) and another in September (s sculptor and fiber art book-maker.

Salida Soup is next week on Thursday! SalidaSoup.org

Sellars Project Space will be presenting "Pretty Old" for the Movies at the SteamPlant. SellarsProjectSpace.com/movies

Hippie Radio Party, Feb. 13th, 6:00 - 11:00 and other SteamPlant events on their website at SalidaSteamPlant.com

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For more information on local arts and culture events visit http://www.SalidaCouncilforthearts.org/

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Salida Soup Raises over $5000 for Community Programs

Cassie Baldauf, Special to The Mountain Mail

“As a community, you have raised $5,000 to fund seven projects,” Jimmy Sellars told those gathered at the Salida Soup event Wednesday at the Salida SteamPlant ballroom.

“You’ve sponsored some amazing programs that have affected thousands of people. Thank you.”

Sellars and Mark Monroe coordinate the monthly Salida Soup gathering, which includes homemade soup and a potluck meal along with typically three presentations for projects that benefit the community. Diners’ votes decide which of the three takes home the “soup pot” of funds that evening.

The eighth consecutive event Wednesday was called “Feed the Future” and benefited the Salida Soup project itself, helping to cover costs of event logistics.

Sellars and Monroe shared some updates on the future of Salida Soup. They said they are working with other area organizations to increase the soup pot funds, which so far have been between $250 and $600 at each event.

All seven previous grant recipients are now listed on the website sellarsprojectspace.com/salida-soup/. The community can check up on the projects and continue to contribute financially if desired, Sellars said.

Future grant recipients will now have 1 month of free access to the Salida Business Incubator, where Sellars Project Space has recently relocated.

Monroe and Sellars also introduced a few new projects they are working on. Salida Shares will be a network of urban and rural gardens dedicated to sharing the overflow of fresh produce grown in backyard gardens. The project will work with the Hive Cooperative, a new mini housing co-op and community center in Salida. They are also planning a wheelchair garden that will have elevated garden beds.

Roberta Smith gave an update on Mindfulness in the Jail, which received funding from two previous Salida Soup events. The women’s portion of the program that uses yoga and emotional education is going strong, Smith said.

“The women are moved by your generosity,” she added. Smith read thank you notes from the women. One read, “We are grateful the community cares about us.”

The next Salida Soup will be Feb. 18 at the SteamPlant ballroom. Those wishing to participate are asked to take $5 and a potluck item to share. The Maverick Potter will have specialty Salida Soup bowls available to purchase for $20, which will include the $5 admission. Three new project presenters are scheduled to share.

To apply to present an idea at a future Salida Soup, visit sellarsprojectspace.com/submit-to-present.

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Salida No. 4th Coolest Outdoor Town

the Matador Network names America's 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns

THIS LIST COULD EASILY HAVE 100 PLACES. The US simply has so many canyons and rivers and slopes, so much coastline, all of it with rad little towns along the way. 

So putting together this list, we narrowed it down with a few criteria:

  1. The place should be an actual town, not just a spot or destination. In other words, you can live/work there year round, and even in the “off-season” it’s still cool. 
  2. The outdoor objectives that make the place so rad must be part of the immediate surroundings. If you can’t climb / ski / paddle / surf right in town, the access should be just beyond, not an hour away.
  3. The place should have a notable culture, tradition, or local economy around the activities (and natural resources) themselves. Of special mention are places such as Salida, where actual infrastructure has been developed (manmade whitewater features) that brings cool events and awareness to the town.

For obvious reasons, we came back with a high concentration of places out West (and in Hawaii/Alaska). May not be fair, but if you visit you’ll understand. 

All this said, finding big lines can happen anywhere. Where I grew up in the southern Piedmont (forested, gentle rolling hills kind of terrain), a trickling neighborhood ditch became a gnarly class V kayak run if you caught it right after a thunderstorm. 

The ultimate limitation is never the place but your imagination. Let us know the what kinds of lines you’re finding right in your town. 

–David Miller, Senior Editor
Asheville, North Carolina  

Read the full article at http://matadornetwork.com/trips/americas-20-coolest-towns-outdoor-adventure/

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Salida: Spunky, artsy town is trail heaven for biking and running year-round

The cows were everywhere, and we were coming up on them fast.

And since we were all heading the same direction — up the dirt road, pushing deeper into a narrow mountain valley outside of Poncha Springs — their cowboys hadn't seen us yet.

We kept pedaling our mountain bikes, but my husband and I exchanged what-do-we do glances as we got closer and closer to the mooing herd.

A man driving a truck, bringing up the rear, spotted us and yelled to pass the herd on the left. We drifted left of the cows, waved to the men and women on horseback and pedaled hard to pull ahead. My heart rate climbed, and as I tried to catch my breath, I looked at treeline on the freshly snow-dusted range ahead of us to try to gauge our altitude. I had no idea. I just knew we were well above our Front Range home (as evidenced by the gasping), and above Salida, where we'd come to ride for the weekend.

We'd chosen Salida in October knowing that we'd probably missed both the fall color and our chance to ride the oft-lauded Monarch Crest trail, a 35-mile route from Monarch Pass to Poncha Springs that people in mountain-biking circles bring up in either hushed or excitable tones: "Have you ridden Monarch Crest? No? Oh, man." (Head shaking.) "You have to ride it." The top of the Crest was snowed in, but we were still banking on Salida's reputation for being a good place in the mountains to ride a bike or hike in the off-season: fall, winter, spring mud season, pretty much any time.

That day, when we passed the herd, we were heading up Marshall Pass Road, a dirt road that narrows into a less-maintained path before meeting the Rainbow Trail, which some cyclists ride as an extension of the Monarch Crest. This stretch is lower in the mountains, in the zone of the aspens, which were still clinging to a handful of fading golden leaves. It was snow-free and even warm by late morning on a sunny, fall day. Our plan was to ride the road to the junction, then take the Rainbow Trail back down to where we started.

Read entire article at http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_27794589/salida:-spunky-artsy-town-is-trail-heaven-for-biking-and-running-yearround

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Salida Music Festival

http://www.gentlemenoftheroad.com/stopovers/salida/

Michael Sampliner of Madison House Presents and Salida City Administrator Dara McDonald field questions during a press conference announcing Mumford and Sons as the headliner for the Gentlemen of the Road festival scheduled for August 21 and 22 in Salida. [Read full article at http://www.themountainmail.com/free_content/article_7d920acc-c10d-11e4-a5fd-0fad4c4b2243.html]

Mumford and Sons to Headline Salida music festival

The Gentlemen of the Road tour, headlined by Mumford and Sons, will include a stopover festival Aug. 21 and 22 in Salida.

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the festival headliner via video during a press conference March 2 at Salida SteamPlant. Other performers confirmed for the festival are The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, The Vaccines, Tune-Yards, James Vincent McMorrow, Blake Mills and Jeff The Brotherhood...

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Top Ten Reasons Not To Move To Salida

As many regular readers are probably aware, my wife and I recently relocated to the small mountain town of Salida, Colorado. While at first new moves are an exciting prospect filled with grand plans for the future, usually after I’ve lived in a place for a while I start having regrets… mover’s remorse, if you will.

Read full article http://www.singletracks.com/blog/uncategorized/top-10-reasons-not-to-move-to-salida-colorado/

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Best City on the Rise

According to a representative from the Colorado tourism board, "This small town in central Colorado had been a best-kept secret for years." Popular attractions that have been luring those in the know to Salida for years include top-notch rafting on the Arkansas River, as well as the FIBArk rafting festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the country. An up-and-coming artistic community is adding further appeal (and luring a different kind of crowd) to the historical mountain city. Galleries and boutiques selling locally made crafts have popped up on the streets of Salida in recent years. The local art vibe is further cultivated at the new SteamPlant, an event space hosting art galleries, music performances, and public events.

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

Salida Recognized by State as Creative District

SALIDA — Stephen Smalzel's twanging banjo echoes off the old brick as a small crowd gathers in front of his gallery.

Some stroll in and admire his colorful landscapes. Others tap a foot and continue window shopping in Salida's increasingly vibrant downtown. They sip whiskey at Wood's Distillery. They strum handmade guitars or nibble from a food truck. Consignment shops bustle with shoppers, and restaurants sizzle with local fare. Ladies in summer dresses pedal creaking cruisers through downtown, waving at friends. The Arkansas River jostles with boaters.

Instead of building another wooden bridge across a small creek bed, Salida decided to hire metalsmiths and artists C. Shark Lambdin and Kamber Sokulsky, who combined forces to create this artwork forged of steel.(Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

"This is the Paris of Chaffee County," says Smalzel, a well-known artist who has concentrated a formerly widespread collection of galleries into one studio in Salida. "Can't you feel the creative vibe? You see it in the painted bicycles, the number of people making beer, wine and whiskey, people making music, filming, making videos. It's all over the place."

Artists began setting up galleries and studios in Salida more than 20 years ago, drawn by the beauty of the area, the bounty of recreation, the historic buildings downtown and the affordability relative to Colorado's resort-anchored, high-country communities. Last year, the art community's decades-old appreciation of Salida was rewarded with the state's first Colorado Creative District designation, a distinction that reverberated well beyond the $15,000 grant from the state.

"That gave us instant credibility and a way for us to get the word out. The money sure helped, but the distinction was by far the biggest thing. We consider it a milestone," said Michael Varnum, the director of the city-owned SteamPlant events center that serves as an anchor for Salida's thriving creative district.

Jack Chivvis, a longtime artist in Salida, said the early 1990s saw a steady trickle of artists who helped bolster the city's historic downtown as owners began restoring old buildings left to wilt as the railroad town pondered its slow transition to tourism.

 

Pastry chef Sarah Gartzman prepares gluten-free brownies inside the kitchen at Sweetie's bakery and deli. Gartzman and her husband, Rob, have owned the downtown business for about a year. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

"There was new energy and optimism after some really lean years," he said. "Now I am just blown away at the number of artist-owned galleries and how so many of the other arts have followed: theater, dance, poets, writers and musicians. Salida has truly experienced a renaissance due to the arts."

In the year since Salida and Denver's Art District on Santa Fe won the first creative-district grants — which were meant to encourage the formation of creative districts that could lure artistic enterprise and hopefully stir creative economic activity in rural Colorado — Salida has exploded. Sales- and lodging-tax collections climbed in 2012 over 2011, reaching an all-time high of $3.95 million in sales-tax collections. And this year is pacing ahead of last.

 

Salida artist Joshua Been spends many mornings outdoors with his oils and a canvas, but in the afternoons, he can be found painting in the lobby of the Palace Hotel, as his 5-year-old daughter, Maddie, plays nearby. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

"The entire community benefits from the people coming to Salida because of the creative-district designation," Varnum said.

The community recently forged a five-year plan to develop the creative district. The plan includes marketing a Salida brand with a new website — Salidacreates.com — much like the recent effort to rebrand Colorado, which includes the nascent Coloradocreates.com website.

With improved broadband connections to Salida, businesses are settling in the city. Most recently, the Monument-based Navsys Corp. opened an office downtown in a renovated building where the basement serves as a small-business incubator and the top floors house well-paid software workers.

"Those are the kinds of businesses that will help sustain the arts community ... so we aren't dependent on just tourists," said city planner Dara MacDonald, who can barely pedal two strokes on her cruiser without stopping to chat with friends.

Salida is a glowing example of how a simple spark — such as a $15,000 grant — can help contribute to the revitalization of a community and region, said Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, the offshoot of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade that replaced the Colorado Council of the Arts.

Hunt will soon certify more creative districts, like last year's five applicants — Longmont, Ridgway, Pueblo, Telluride and Denver's River North Art District — that won "Prospective Creative District" designation. Applications for this year's grants were finalized last week.

Hunt said forging a specific creative district that unites businesses, artists, municipal leaders, planners, nonprofits, residents and visitors can marry diverse interests such as those revealed in the funky vitality of downtown Salida.

"This project has elevated spirits, and people get to be creative, and when we all get talking, the creative juices start flowing. And the community finds new wind in its sails," Hunt said. "It's key to them becoming sustainable and successful."

New bike shops — such as Sub-Culture Cyclery — feed Salida's animated bike vibe, blurring the distinction between Salida's heralded and well-known recreation scene and its arts culture. The sidewalks outside nearly every shop and restaurant in Salida are crowded with cruisers.

"All our friends in Summit (County) come down here and start talking about how they need to move here," said Michelle Gapp, a longtime Salida caterer who recently opened her gourmet Truck Culture food truck in the Sub-Culture parking lot a block from Salida's frothy whitewater park, an example of the atypical partnerships that electrify Salida's downtown district. "Everyone wants to be here. This place just makes you more creative."

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.

SALIDA: The Biggest Little Art Town in Colorado

Many visitors who stroll through Salida’s historic downtown with its beautifully restored brick buildings, diverse culinary venues, and art galleries that range from funky to refined are surprised when they learn that this business district was almost abandoned in favor of chain stores and strip malls. Back in the 1980s, serious consideration was given to making way for “progress” by razing some of the downtown’s historic brick buildings, and in their place, constructing more modern facilities. Fortunately, the trend toward strip mall development was circumvented and an emphasis on historic preservation took root. Because of these efforts, the modern-day mountain community of Salida boasts a downtown area that is the largest historic downtown district in the state of Colorado.

In the process of attaining this distinction, Salida has become home to a large and still growing artist community. And, it is a community whose profile extends beyond the confines of the region, with many of Salida’s artists having national recognition in their respective fields.

It is not only these artists and their galleries that make this town an end destination for those seeking some “culture” in the Rocky Mountains, but it is also the thriving performing arts that give the town a reputation as one of the best art towns in the USA. Salida's painters, potters, jewelers, and sculptors coupled with its Stream Plant Theater, Salida Aspen Series Concerts, Alpine Orchestra, and summer festivals makes this town on the Arkansas River a diverse and thriving art community. With so much creative energy and an inspirational setting in the Rocky Mountains, art will no doubt continue to thrive and help to further define—and refine—the mountain town of Salida.

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.