Symphonic Salida Concert Season Starts

Symphonic Salida’s Colorado Symphony concert season will kick off Thursday with what organizers are calling a “blockbuster”: a string quartet performance headlined by harpist Courtney Bress and cellist Judith Galecki.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Salida SteamPlant, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets cost $18 and may be purchased at SymphonicSalida.org, the SteamPlant box office and Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, $10 for students.

Joined by Colorado Symphony artists Allegra Wermuth and Dorian Kincaid on violin and Phillip Stevens on viola, the musicians will present a variety of music by both classical and contemporary composers.

According to a press release, the evening’s program is expected to feature “Prelude for the Harp” by Ellis Schuman; “Chanson d’Amour” by Gabriel Faure; “Danses Sacrée et Profane” by Claude Debussy; “String Quartet” by Maurice Ravel; and “Baroque Flamenco” by Deborah Henson-Conant.

Grammy-nominated recording artist Courtney Bress has been principal harpist with the Colorado Symphony since 2001. She has performed with symphony orchestras around the world, including Singapore, Chicago, Baltimore and others.

She was selected to perform for the American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress and has toured throughout America playing concerts as principal harp with the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington, D.C.

Cellist Judith Galecki began playing violin at age 4 and switched to the cello at 7. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, she was principal cello of Switzerland’s Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the orchestras of Detroit, Toronto, and Windsor, Ontario, and at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Grand Teton and Steamboat Springs Music Festivals and the Verbier Festival.

For the fourth year in a row, Salida will be the only community outside Denver to host performances by the Colorado Symphony, the release stated.

The concerts are organized by the local Symphonic Salida Steering Committee and presented by KHEN Community Radio. For more information, visit SymphonicSalida.org.

Weather Frightening, but Creative Mixer Enlightening!

By Cynda Green

I hesitated to leave the confines of my warm apartment to attend the Salida Council for the Arts Creative Mixer last evening, but was oh so glad I did.

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Wonderful music was provided by Pint and a Half, aka Duke and Tami Sheppard. They didn’t need a sound system to project their country-Americana tunes. Great singing, and cute as can be.

Artist Sibyl Teague was the Mixer’s guest artist. Her exhibition, Storyteller, is the current exhibition in the Paquette Gallery, where the Creative Mixer is held, and is well worth a visit, if you haven’t already seen it.

Announcements were made about “The Heidi Chronicles” — the Salida High School drama production coming this weekend — and more. There is so much going on in Salida’s creative world, I can hardly keep up with it. What a blessing. The crowd enjoyed themselves, making frequent visits to the bar and the appetizing appetizers.

All and all, it was a lovely, fun and friendly turnout for the November SCFTA Creative Mixer on a wintry night. It was the perfect antidote for weather-induced cabin fever.

See you at the next Mixer in January!

 

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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.

2014 Salida Fiber Festival Weaves a Successful Event

The 3rd Annual Salida Fiber Festival, celebrating the creative arts of weaving, spinning, knitting, quilting and all crafts fiber-related, enjoyed a successful – and can you believe?! – a sunny and dry weekend in Riverside Park on September 6 and 7.

It was a blast! Many demonstrations filled the park, lots of folks were engaged in learning from the vendors, and there was an amazing selection of items to buy. If you don’t do fiber arts, you could buy and enjoy lovely pieces designed by artisans who specialize in fiber creations.

Sixty vendors from Colorado and neighboring states expressed thanks for the smooth operation of the event and reported good sales, to satisfied customers on both days. “This festival is one of the most colorful and inspirational fairs that I’ve ever attended,” said one shopper. The crafty woman who makes airy, light crumpled scarves has been involved since 2012 and she said this is her most successful weekend in three years!

Generous sponsorship is provided by local cafes and businesses.

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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.