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Friday, October 30, 2009

Caring Hearts, Sharing Art

The eagerly awaited annual “Caring Hearts-Sharing Art” benefit sale for Friendship Bridge is slated for Sunday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 6 pm at the Salida SteamPlant Riverside Annex.

Now in its fifth year, this immensely popular “Salida holiday tradition” fundraiser features a large collection of new and pre-owned artwork, sculpture, jewelry, fine crafts, and unique Guatemalan tipica--all for sale at bargain prices. Experienced shoppers arrive early for the best selection; and a juried assortment of the most exceptional wares also are sold by silent auction. Gourmet snacks, beverages, and music round out the afternoon of fun; and the event is a virtual sellout every year.

Friendship Bridge is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and educational programs so Guatemalan women and their families can create their own solutions to poverty. All of the goods in the Salida sale are donated; and all proceeds directly benefit Guatemalan families and communities via Friendship Bridge “Circles” in this and other towns throughout the U.S.

The “Caring Hearts-Sharing Art” sale is one of several popular events held annually by the Salida Circle of Friendship Bridge. For more information about this innovative program, visit

Broadway on the River

On Saturday, Nov 7th at 7:30 pm, the Salida SteamPlant ballroom will be transformed into a night club with multiple entertainers presenting Broadway show tunes that are sure to evoke fond memories. This is the SteamPlant's annual fundraiser and you are encouraged to attend in support of our first class event center. Tickets are $15 for general admission and opportunities for additional support are available. Check or call 530-0933 for more details.

Circus of Ages

Salida Circus performance at Salida SteamPlant Saturday Nov 7th at 2pm. Always fun with amazing tricks for young and old. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for 12 and under children. See for more information on this vibrant group.


Come to ArtWorks sponsored unique celebration of writing. Seventeen talented local writers will read their own words in "a day in the park" set on stage at the Salida SteamPlant Nov 6th at 7 pm. Poets, novelists and playwrights will be joined by music and dancing for what promises to be an inspirational and entertaining show. Plan to stay for a short "meet the authors" reception following the show. Tickets are only $7 and are available at the box office.

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Annual Salida Studio Tour

Friday August 28, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday August 29, 9 am - 5 pm

Spend a fun day at the first annual Salida Studio Tour - sponsored by Salida ArtWorks

Sixteen of Salida's top artists will be opening their studios FREE to the general public! It's a rare opportunity to meet and chat with your favorite artists, see where and how they work, watch them demonstrate their skills...and have a chance to buy some fine original works direct from the artist!

Most of these fascinating studios are within easy walking distance of downtown Salida; and all are within 5 miles. Colorful maps of this free studio tour are available now at the Salida Library, Chivvis & Lovell Gallery, Maverick Potter Gallery and online at

Monday, August 10, 2009

August Creative Mixer - this Thursday

Join us to celebrate the waning days of summer!
at the
ArtWorks Creative Mixer
this THURSDAY, August 13
6 pm - 8 pm at the Steamplant

Join Fellow "creative's" (artists, poets, writers, performers, dancers and musicians) for 2 hours of socialization, FREE appetizers and a cash bar.

Meet the Artists in Residences - Shirley, Alex, and Kelly...they leave town on August 15!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Salida Artists in Residence!

Colorado Art Ranch residents are here! Alex Van Ark is a writer, Kelly Stearns, a poet and Shirley Tipping, a photographer. They are talented and very personable. Check out the ArtWorks website for more about each.

A stipulation for the residency is that each artisan provides a community service. Kelly is developing a portfolio of greeting cards at Columbine Manor. Alex is presenting a workshop on Creative Fiction at the library, 1-5 on Aug 9th. Anyone interested should contact him at 347-306-4834. Shirley is seeking individuals who want to learn photography to work with them one-on-one. Shirley can be reached at 310-490-0653.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tango enthusiasts and Tango curious!

Please join us for an evening of Argentine Tango!

Thursday, July 9, 2009
Where: Rich Tyler and Roberta Smith's studio in Poncha Springs.
118 Halley's Alley (near CR 120 and Hwy 285 in Poncha Springs)

Class 7-8:30pm
Guided Practica 8:30 - 9:30pm
(see description below)

$10-15 (sliding scale)
Pre-registration is desired. Pay at the event. Please email or call Rebecca at 719-539-2321

This evening has been designed to be all inclusive! This means that no
matter the dance level you will benefit.

7:00 - 8:30pm *The Class* The first half an hour of this class will give absolute beginners a great introduction to Argentine Tango, and for the more seasoned dancers it will be a helpful refresher. In the following hour of the class we will build on information and movements taught in the beginning. We will work on a series of movements that will begin simple and continue to get more challenging.

We will cover the following elements: *the organic tango embrace* as the crux of communication, *exercises* in class with partners as well as some you can do at home on your own, *technique* that will begin to reveal the magic of the connection between leader and follower, and the importance of *dissociation *and* hip rotation* for both leaders and followers.

8:30 - 9:30pm *The Guided Practica*(practice). Adrian and Robyn will DJ music, answer questions, and perform. If there is desire for more advanced material we can give out more information one on one during the practica. We welcome any questions. Especially questions about musicality and musicality in dancing as Adrian is also a Tango musician.

Adrian and Robyn come to us from San Francisco where they are popular social dancers and occasional teachers. Their dancing is described as creative, fluid, playful, and musical. Robyn has been very involved in the San Francisco Tango community since she fell in love with the Tango four years ago. She has taught with Sean Dockery, Ben Thoma, and Charity Lebron. Adrian is an engineer turned musician. He co-founded Trio Garufa, the most danceable Argentine Tango ensemble in California. He spends a lot of time in Buenos Aires. There, he studied the dance with Marcelo Varela and Analia Vega, Gustavo Naveira, Sebastian Arce and Chico Frumboli. He has taught musicality classes with Homer Ladas and Trio Garufa.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Circus With a Purpose

Reading and discussion led by Jennifer Dempsey
Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at The Book Haven in Salida

Circus WAVE is coming to Salida in July 2009, and as a prelude Jennifer Dempsey, director of the Salida Circus and founder of Circus WAVE (Widows Against Violence, Northern Ireland), will read some essays, articles, and stories drawn from her 12 years of working with the circus in Northern Ireland. This will be an informal event with open discussion, and refreshments of course! Selected books will also be available for purchase.

14 members of Northern Ireland's Circus WAVE will be visiting Salida from June - July 13. Ranging in age from 11 to 24, the Circus WAVE members will stay with host families from the Salida Circus and participate in circus and cultural activities, including the Fourth of July parade, hiking, rafting, camping, hot springs, etc.

Circus WAVE was founded in 1999 by Jennifer Dempsey, then tutor/performer with the Belfast Commiunity Circus. Along with other art therapy methods, Circus WAVE was established to raise self-esteem, trust and a sense of community for its young members.

The WAVE Trauma Centre offers care and support to anyone bereaved or traumatised by the troubles in Ireland, irrespective of religious, cultural or political belief. WAVE promotes a respect for life and an understanding of difference that is seen as enhancing rather than threatening. It affirms and acknowledges that there are ways of resolving difference other than through the use of violence and continually seeks creative ways of working through issues that have the potential to divide.

Friday, June 19, 2009

2009 Artwalk

The annual art weekend showcasing Salida Galleries is June 26-28! Each year residents of the county and tourists get to roam the historic district, greeting neighbors and friends over eats and drinks at our multiple galleries. This year the Green Cat and Gallery 150 are showing new storefront colors. Indoors, the quality of the works all over town are shining...we encourage you to stop at each to enjoy our local creativity. Also note the colorful flags produced by ArtWorks lining the streets to add to the festive air.
Pick up a flyer this week with a map to help you make the rounds!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Creative Mixer -this Thursday!

It's that time again!!!! Let's meet and celebrate SUMMER!

ArtWorks Creative Mixer
6 pm - 8 pm at the Steamplant Annex

Join Fellow "creative's" (artists, poets, writers, performers, dancers and musicians) for 2 hours of socialization, FREE appetizers and a cash bar.

Sign-up for Salida Art Works' upcoming events, announce your creative events, meet new friends, mingle with old friends, catch up on what is happening in our local art scene!

See you Thursday!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Artists' Junque Sale Tremendous Success!

On Saturday, May 30th, Salida ArtWorks held its first annual Artists' Junque Sale at the Salida Scout Hut in Riverside Park. Artistic vendors included: Carol Cross, Donna Wagle, Suzy Patterson, Sue Keyes, Melissa Meyer, Sally Mathers & Jan, Susan Spohn, Jan Nice, Darlene Louche and Hannelore Gabriel. Curtis Killorn supplied steaming hot coffee and his great mix of music gave everyone a lift in their step as they shopped. Sue Keyes baked wonderful health muffins and brought the iced tea, and Suzy Patterson passed around chocolate chip cookies

Although many of the vendors when signing up for the event, protested that they only had a few items for the sale.... Tables and floors were over- flowing with wonderful art supplies in every medium, beautiful art work, beads, antiques, creative clothing, books, frames, canvas, scarves, mat board, masks, pottery, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylic mediums, paint brushes, feathers, raffia, unusual kitchen gadgets, jewelry, lights, frames, molds, storage units, and even a telescope! Such variety and SO MUCH STUFF! Everywhere you looked there was a bargain --- and the more you looked, the more treasures you uncovered.

Frenzied buying started hours before the official starting time of 9 am. First the vendors started buying from each other, and then folks started wandering in from the streets eager to get a head start on the shopping crowds. By 8:30 am, many vendors were exhausted by the rush of sales! Customers were amazed by the quality of merchandise and the give away prices. Most folks thanked the artists for pricing their wares so reasonably. Several vendors actually "sold out", and most left the sale with only a few items to take back home.

Customers and vendors alike were both asking, " When will Salida ArtWorks have another Junque Sale??"

Salida ArtWorks would like to thank all committee members for helping with the sale, and all the wonderful vendors for finding so many 'treasures' to sell, and for the great turn out of customers. We look forward to holding another Artists' Junque Sale!

-Susan Spohn

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Artists Junque Sale


9 AM to 2 PM
Salida Scout Hut
210 E. Sackett Street (east end of Riverside Park)
Salida, Colorado

The "yard sale" concept will reach new heights this Saturday when Salida ArtWorks sponsors an Artists' Junque Sale--open to the public for the first time.

Artists from throughout the area will be offering a variety of unique wares at bargain prices. Emphasis is on good, leftover art and craft supplies--paints, canvas, frames, brushes, easels, sculpting tools, crafting materials, machinery, electronics, books, furnishings, etc.

Also expected to be for sale will be antiques, artistic housewares, collectibles, "used" and "clearance" art, musical instruments, photography gear, drama costumes and props...and lots of what organizers call "classy creative junque".

The event is being staged by Salida ArtWorks, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the arts, and artists throughout the area. For more information, call Susan at (719) 539-7120.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Nest- Leave Water Bottle Sculpture

A request for 'materials' from Jimmy Descant:

'Hey folks, I NEED plenty water bottles,
with caps, to create a piece of art for the first Farmer's Mkt. in June. I was going to do the building of this piece at the market but may take too long.
Someone gave me a name that is the working title, "Nest- Leave". It will be a hornets nest made out of bottles, I hope about 8' tall, and 6' wide.
I know most of you are boycotting buying small water bottles, but if you have some in the recycling or find them anywhere, please drop them off in the driveway at my house, 221 Palmer, anytime. And please pass it on. If I have more than I need, I'll make my walls of my display tent with them. Also any lengths of wire would be appreciated. Any of that left over will be donated to Merry Cox for her work.
Thanks, and much love from Jimmy & Penelope, on the art road tour, be back next week.'

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Colorado Art Ranch

Colorado Art Ranch Spring Artposium

Sex & Sensibility

6 pm, May 15th-noon, May 17th
Massari Performing Arts Center
Trinidad State Junior College Colorado

Exploring how sex and gender influence art, society and behavior.
See speakers and schedule at
Register online or by phone:

Although the Artposium has a value of $200, in deference to our times
there is a sliding scale fee beginning at $25 and you can pay what you can or what it's worth to you.

The Salida Circus Spring Show!

Come one! Come all! to the spectacular international circus extravangza -

The Salida Circus Spring Show!
Sunday May 3rd, 4:30 p.m.

Ponderosa Lodge, County Road 240, Maysville
(off Hwy 50, first right after Maysville sign, then follow signs to Lodge)

Tickets $8 or 2/$15

Featuring the Montessori Raggle Taggle Gypsies, Razzleberry and the Little Cocineros, the Fabuloso Flying Femmes, the River Dog Millionaires, the Perilous Unicycle Pole, Opera Diva Victoria, Friday High Flyers, Quartet Adagio and much much more!

Silent auction with lots of fantastic offerings.
All proceeds go to Salida Circus scholarships.

Limited seating, early ticket purchase advised. Tickets available beginning Monday April 12th at Rebound Therapy on F St, Bus Stop Boutique on 1st and Salida Yoga Center on F St. For more information email

May all your days be Salida Circus days!

Monday, April 6, 2009


Connect with other creatives in the valley at ArtWorks monthly Creative Mixer.

Join us at the Steam Plant Annex on Thursday, Apr 9th at 6pm!

Snacks & cash bar.
Event announcements will also be made during the mixer.

See you Thursday!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Salida Studio Tour

August 28-29, 2009

Show us your studios Salida!
HURRY!!! Deadline for submitting your application is MAY 10th!

Great opportunity for late summer sales!
Participants from other studio tours through out Colorado report great sales during these events.

Participating studios will have a piece of their art featured on our over-sized, double-sided, full-color postcard and on our map listing all locations, there will also be opportunities for radio and print interviews.

Applications are available at the Salida Library and Post office, and at the upcoming Creative Mixer (April 9 at the SteamPlant).

For more information contact: Susan Spohn, 719-539-7120 or

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Artists' Junque Sale

Saturday, May 30th, 9 am - 2 pm
Salida Scout Hut in Riverside Park
Buy - Sell - Trade
Don't miss our 1st annual spring cleaning sale! Rent a selling table for only $10.00!

Leftover art & craft supplies
Paint -- Canvas - Paper - Frames - Sculpting Media
Used Studio Equipment, Tools, Machinery, Electronics,
Art Accessories, Books & Furnishings
Musical Instruments, Drama Costumes & Props

Buy art supplies cheap!
Convert Excess Junque into cash!

Sign up for a space at the next Creative Mixer on Thursday, April 9, 6:00 pm -8:00 pm, at the Steamplant Annex, or contact Suzy Patterson at 719-942-3757

Monday, March 16, 2009

Salida Art Works Artists’ Booth,
at the Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday: June 20 – October 10

Salida Art Works has rented a ‘selling’ site at the Salida Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season. Our vision is to provide a reasonably priced space for local artists to display and sell their art in this community. Artists may display only once or on several different Saturdays. We would like to encourage you to sell throughout the season by signing up for several Saturdays. We will have a chart listing the entire schedule so customers can find their favorite artists again!

We will supply a 10 x 10 foot tent –and you will supply the art and display materials. Cost for the entire booth is $30.00 per Saturday, and only $15.00 for half a booth space. By sharing a booth with another artist, members will not need a large inventory to participate.

The Farmer’s Market takes place in Alpine Park from June 20 to October 10. Space will be limited, so sign up now! Pick up an application available at the Salida Library community information table, or contact Susan Spohn at 539-7120, for more information. Applications will also be available at the next Creative Mixer on April 9 (6 pm -8 pm, in the Steamplant Annex).

Monday, March 9, 2009

CREATIVE MIXER -this Thursday

Connect with other creatives in the valley at ArtWorks monthly Creative Mixer.

Join us at the Steam Plant Paquette Gallery
this Thursday, March 12 at 6pm!

(usually in the Annex -so please note different location)

Snacks & cash bar.
Event announcements will also be made during the mixer.

See you Thursday!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 2009 Newsletter


Through March 13
New Works by Padgett McFeely
Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant
Exhibited work is from 4 unique series: The trees represent the very nature of life itself - a symbol of wisdom, growth, strength, renewal and reaching higher, toward the heavens. The mountains represent a quiet meditative place deep inside. 'Going to the mountain' means setting aside some time to be alone in the presence of God. The women represent the nurturing aspect of the planet. Evolving from a place that is sacred, each woman has a story to tell and a spirit to share. The cowboys (painted from Padgett’s black & white photographs) represent an energy, a passion for chosen work, a way of life in this country.

Through March 19
High School Student Art Show
Colorado Mountain College, 27900 County Road 319, Buena Vista
There is a high degree of skill and artistic ability in the artwork.
The gallery is open to the public.
Hours: Monday - Friday, Noon - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

March 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Creative Mixer
Salida SteamPlant Annex
It’s a chance to mix and mingle with fellow creatives. Snacks are served. Cash bar.

March 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 2:30 p.m.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
Salida SteamPlant Theater
In this delightful comedy classic, set in the late 1960's, Barney, an average middle-aged married man, is going through a mid-life crisis and decides to have an affair. He has no idea how to do it, but he knows his mother's apartment is available. Mature Themes.
Tickets available at the Salida Steamplant, Bong Billy's Salida Cafe and the Salida and Buena Vista Chambers of Commerce.

March 21 - April 15
David Passarelli
Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant
Reception March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Dave was born and raised in Salida. To our delight, he has returned to retire after teaching art in Jefferson County for 30 years. Dave does plein air watercolor landscapes of Colorado, many of them of old Salida. Recognizing local scenes is part of the fun you will have when viewing Dave's art.

March 22 at 3:00 p.m.
The Walden Chamber Music Society
Salida SteamPlant Theater
Presenting Messiaen's Quartet for The End of Time with guest clarinetist Paul Garner from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, guest violinist Lynda O'Connor from Ireland, and Walden's cellist Camilla Bonzo and pianist Jo Boatright
Tickets available at the Salida and Buena Vista Chambers of Commerce, and at the door.
For information call 395-2097.

March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Folding Chair Event
Presented by the Arkansas Valley Art Center
Free movie night at CMC - bring your own popcorn and drinks. Non-members may join at event. Call 719-395-8372 for more information.

March 27 - May 9
AVAC "Black, White, and Shades of Gray" Members' Show
It is a challenge show and will be unjudged; it is a test of the members' creativity.
Opening Reception March 27, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The gallery is open to the public.

May3 at 4:30 p.m.
Catch the Salida Circus WAVE!
Ponderosa Lodge, Cty Road 240
Tickets $8 or 2/$15
Featuring the Fabulous Flying Femmes, Montessori Circus Maniacs, the Scarlet Sisters, Friday High Flyers, the One-Wheeled Wonders, and much much more!
For more information call Jennifer Dempsey 719-207-4169 or email All proceeds will go towards bringing children from Circus WAVE (Widows Against Violence, Northern Ireland) to Salida this July.

August 28-29
Salida Studio Tour
More information coming soon!


Deadline for Application: March 8
Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival 2009
Call to Fine Artists
Categories: Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood and Digital Art.
Festival Dates: August 15 and 16
Location: Salida Riverside Park
Great music and distinctive culinary offerings will complement this juried show.
Visit or call Danna Tullis, Festival Director, 719-221-1566 for details. Interested artists must apply online at:

Deadline for Entry: April 24
Outdoor Sculpture Celebration
Salida SteamPlant Park
Regional sculptors are invited to send in photographs of two of their outdoor pieces to be juried for dispay at the SteamPlant Park from June 15 to August 31, 2009. This is an opportunity to exhibit your work at the peak tourist times in Salida: Fibark, Art Walk, July 4 and through the summer.
For details call: 719-539-2637 or 719-942-4389 or email:

Deadline for Entry: May 3, 1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m., Salida Regional Library
Play on Words
The Arts at the Library program and the Art in Public Spaces program, through the Arkansas Valley Art Center, are holding a juried art show entitled Play on Words as an Art Walk 2009 event. All Chaffee County artists are invited to enter. The work of art must relate to an idiom (
Show Dates: May 4 - June 29, 2009, Salida Regional Library

For more information about Play on Words, contact: Sally Mather at 539-9636 or; Marilyn Whitney at 539-6317 or


Arkansas Valley Art Center (AVAC) Spring Workshops
Location: Colorado Mountain College
To register for AVAC workshops and for further information, visit or call 719-395-8372.

Making Friends With The Press
Date: March 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This is the instruction needed to use the Whelan press at the gallery. All members who have had this instruction may use the press at no charge, by appointment. This is for beginners.
Cost: $30 (Members $15) Plus $8 Materials fee

Intro to Artist's and Traveler's Journals
Date: March 14
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m
This will instruct you in how to develop a journal/sketchbook that will capture memories in your own creative way. No art experience required!
Cost: $50 (Members $40)

Spring Break Workshop for ages 6 to 9: Meet the Masters
Dates: March 23 - 26
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m
Learn about famous artists and the materials used. The students will create a work of art that is inspired by the artiest. Materials provided except a paint shirt.
Cost: $50 (Members $40)

Spring Break workshop for ages 10 to adult: Tee Party!
Date: March 26
Time: 10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m
Use an old or unused tee shirt to create a fun garment by cutting, tying, sewing, or ripping with skill. Bring your own or one will be provided.
Cost: $20 (Members $15)

Yoga and Drumming Workshop
Date: March 28
Time: 12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m
To celebrate spring, easy-flowing yoga practice for all ages and ability. Bring drums if you have, a potluck to share at the end. Call or email as soon as possible. Andrea Rene Moore 719-239-0939, andrea@innerharmonium
Cost: $20 before March 21 or $30 after


Date: April 25
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Salida Regional Library
As part of Arts at the Library Denver Bookbinding will teach Build a Book. All materials provided. Limit 15 students. Call 719-539-4826 or visit the library for more details.
Cost: $35.00

Jude' Silva's Paper Making
Jude' Silva's Studio
28875 CR 330, Buena Vista CO 81211
Date: May
Time: TBA Three Days, 4 Hours each day
Cost: TBA
Contact: 719-395-6567