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!

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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!

Sellars Project Space will be presenting "Pretty Old" for the Movies at the SteamPlant.

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


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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.