Everyone is invited to the first Salida “Creative Mixer” of the year on Thursday, January 8 at 5:30pm in the Salida SteamPlant, 220 W. Sackett Ave.
Sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts, this popular monthly gathering is an opportunity for area artists, writers, musicians, art lovers and community members to meet, socialize, catch up on the latest, and network on a casual basis.
As always, the event is free and open to the public.
Featured guest artists this month are Starpoint consumers, whose collection of drawings and paintings will be on display throughout January in the SteamPlant’s Paquette Gallery.
Guest musician will be flautist Dara Kort. The Mixer also will offer free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and the perennial favorite “soapbox”, where everyone is invited to stand up and share news and announcements of interest to the crowd.
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.
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!
Have you taken a nature photo in an upper Arkansas River valley locale that you think communicates the beauty, grandeur, delight or special quality of our area? Are you excited about the thought of sharing it with others?
The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is seeking your best local nature photos. Share your creative work, support GARNA, and win prizes! Submission deadline is September 30.
GARNA plans to produce and sell quality photographic folded note cards to publicize and raise funds for its education and conservation work. If your photo is selected as a winner, you will be credited as the photographer and receive cool prizes.
Categories for submission are Holiday, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Submissions will be judged by an expert panel of professional photographers who will select a winner in each of the 5 categories.
The top 10 choices will be displayed on the GARNA website and Facebook page so that all of us can select a “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” winner. Enlist your family and friends!
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.