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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