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8:07 am
Fri April 24, 2015

'Vermilion' Finds New Magic In The Old West

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.

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3:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

North Fork Valley Inspires Outdoor Mural

Artist Artist Maya Arthur Jensen created the painting mounted to the front of the Harvester Building in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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. 

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6:00 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Paonia Art Show Highlights Ability

Rhoda Yago poses with her artwork on display at the Blue Sage Gallery in Paonia.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

A new art show in Paonia seeks to challenge the way people think about individuals with disabilities. 


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5:59 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Using Shakespeare To Combat Bullying In Colorado Schools

Actors Sarah Adler, left, Ben Griffin, center, and Bethany Talley perform "Twelfth Night" at Paonia Elementary School.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Bullying is still an ongoing issue and telling kids to be nice to each other isn't always enough. That's why educators are getting creative.

In Colorado, some schools are using Shakespeare to get kids talking about violence and bullying and what they can do to prevent. 

More than 120 students are sitting on the gymnasium floor of Paonia Elementary. 

These third through sixth graders are here to see a play. 

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6:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Paonia Inspires Local Fiber Art Installation

Adriana Villagran, left, and Amber Imrie-Situnayake, right, worked together to create the fiber art installation.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

An interactive art installation on display now at the Blue Sage Gallery in Paonia was inspired by local residents and businesses. 

It’s Thursday night in Paonia. Elsewhere Studios is packed with people.

They’re here to see the work of the artists who are wrapping up their residencies.

On the second-floor of the studio is an art installation created by two women from California.

The upper portion of the display is a canopy of sticks arranged like an upside down bird’s nest with threads hanging down from it.   

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9:56 am
Mon January 26, 2015

A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Two performers rehearse a traditional Japanese dance for Denver's 2015 Kohaku Uta Gassen.
Chloe Veltman KCFR

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:00 am

At a Buddhist temple in downtown Denver, Junko Higdon is rehearsing a traditional song for one of the local Japanese community's biggest annual events.

Higdon is one of 30 amateur singers competing in two teams at this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen, which means, "red and white singing battle."

"White is for the men, red is for the women and whoever gets the most points out the teams wins the trophy," she says.

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6:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Ridgway's Sherbino Theater Turns 100, Changes Ownership

The Sherbino Theater in Ridgeway turns 100 this year.
Sherbino Theater

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."

The Chautauqua Society now runs the theater. 

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5:26 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Local Motion: Montrose Library Open Mic

The Montrose library hosted an Open Mic in early December.  Writers  shared original poems, short stories or memories.   Some of the readers this month wrote on the theme of the evening: "Cycles."

For information about events and future open mic readings at Montrose library, visit montroselibrary.org.  

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9:46 am
Mon January 5, 2015

For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Eric Bransby, pictured above in his home in Colorado Springs, is still creating art at 98. "I try to make each mural a project that will somehow expand my abilities a little bit more," he says.
Nathaniel Minor Colorado Public Radio

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.

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12:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Art For North Fork Libraries

Credit Laura Palmisano

Last weekend saw an art unveiling at the Paonia Library.  It features four doors, fanned out on a hillside

behind the library, each brightly colored but featuring a silhouette of the young and old, traveling to somewhere beyond the doors.

It was funded through the Orton Family Foundation as part of the Pass the Mic Project. 

Surrounded by people there for the unveiling, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with artist Seth Weber. 

There are also two companion pieces at the Crawford and the Hotchkiss libraries.

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11:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Preserving The Wild

The West Elk Wilderness
Credit John Fielder

It was Thanksgiving recently, and this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  John Fielder is plenty thankful for the Wilderness Act, after all he’s a nature photographer. 

Fielder was recently touring the Western Slope to talk about the Act and his adventures in Colorado.  He stopped by the station and talked with KVNF’s Jake Ryan. 

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11:29 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rural Kids Access Art At Western Slope Creative Center

Sharon Bailey talks to 21 Paonia Elementary students about paintings at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
Credit Laura Palmisano

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.” 

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12:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Montrose Art Project Seeks To Bring Awareness To Domestic Violence

The art project seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence.
Laura Palmisano

There’s an art project on display at the Montrose Library that seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Hilltop’s Tri-County Resource Center created the exhibit for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

It features a mannequin wearing a vintage wedding dress that was donated by a victim of domestic violence.

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6:59 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Get To Know The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award

NPR

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.

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11:30 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Local Motion: Fairytales

Waldorf educator, Thesa Callinicos discusses the origins and messages of fairytales and their importance in early childhood development.

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6:24 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Artist Chip Thomas Installs Photo Mural In Hotchkiss

Artist Chip Thomas installed a photo mural of a young Hopi girl on the back of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss.
Credit Mary Hockenbery

A small group of people recently gathered outside on a sunny afternoon to look at a new mural on the west side of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss. 

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5:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Local Motion: Write On!

Writers from the Write On! anthology competition read their published works.   On this show:  Marty Durlin, Slater Podgorny, Carol Kwiatkowski, and Sarah Gilman read their work.

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10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Local Motion: Theo Stroomer

Photographer Theo Stroomer talks with Ali Lightfoot about his exhibit at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. 

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2:38 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Local Motion: Celebrating the Winter Solstice with Craig Child's "Dark Night"

Author and poet Craig Childs performs on December 20th as a part of the "Dark Night" multimedia extravaganza
Credit Cooper Woods-Darby

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.

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11:24 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pass the Mic: Annette Petorius, Director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Sadie Miller speaking with Annette Pretorius.

Pass the Mic's Arts Reporter, Sadie Miller speaks with Annette Pretorius about the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

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