Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 12:29 pm
History may be written by the victors, but alternate history is written by anyone with a lust for the past — both established and imagined. Molly Tanzer's imagination is keener than almost anyone's. Her new novel, Vermilion is a work of alt-history that finds a fresh kind of magic in the mingling of fact and fantasy. In the book's wild vision of 1870, the North won the Civil War with the help of a race of intelligent, talking bears. A similarly endowed species of sea lion keeps shop in the streets of San Francisco.
There's a new work of outdoor art on display in Paonia.
The Harvester Building in downtown now has a landscape oil painting mounted to the front it.
Artist Maya Arthur Jensen created the piece.
"The gentleman who owns the building and I got together in March of last year and he wanted to fancy up his building a bit," Jensen said. "We discussed different designs and different ideas and eventually we came up with a portrait of the valley floor."
The painting looks like a snapshot taken from one of the mesas that overlooks Paonia.
This year the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary.
The theater is known for the musical acts and guest lecturers it brings to the Western Slope.
A Tour Of The Historic Sherbino
"The building was built by Louis Sherbino," Patrick O’Leary, the president of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, says. "And he built the theater so that his son and daughter-in-law would have a place to play. His son was a fiddle player."
Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:11 am
Eric Bransby is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. He studied with one of this country's most famous muralists — Thomas Hart Benton — and went on to create his own murals in prominent buildings across the west. The artist is now 98 and still painting.
Teaching art to kids in a rural setting can be a challenge. Most small towns don't have art museums like big cities. And, it’s not easy to pile them on a bus and drive to Denver for a cultural experience. However, there’s a center on the Western Slope trying to make it easier for students to access art.
"We are going to look at some of these paintings and we are going to start developing characters, but we are going to do it by talking about what we see," Sharon Bailey says. "Let’s look at this painting here. Raise your hand and tell me what you see.”
Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 3:57 pm
The National Book Awards shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — were announced October 15 on Morning Edition by Mitchell Kaplan, co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and former president of the American Booksellers Association. On November 18, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night. Read more about each of the finalists — and hear the authors read from their works — below.
For this year's winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, people filled the seats of the Paradise Theatre in Paonia for the 5th annual performance of Craig Childs' "Dark Night," a multimedia and spoken-word extravaganza celebrating the time of year when "the snakes of winter coil tightly around us," as Childs describes it.