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Stephanie Helleckson, North Fork Community Chorus
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley now has a community chorus. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Stephanie Helleckson, the music director and conductor, of the new vocal group. 

In part 2 of the North Fork Storytellers,  Angus Stocking,  Celia Roberts, Brian Calvert and Dakin Henderson share stories about being on the road.

Rhoda Yago, Blue Sage Gallery
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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

Adriana Villagran, Amber Imrie-Situnayake
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.   

kids, art, field trip, Blue Sage
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.” 

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.

Andrew Cullen

The first North Fork Storytelling Series brought together talented people from around the Valley to tell tales about Guts. There were stories of entrails, courage and boldness. This is a re-broadcast of the live event, which was held at The Blue Sage in Paonia.

Stu's Images via Flickr (CC BY

Today we're joined by John Buerger, owner and operator of Alpha Natural Holistic Land Management based in Cedaredge. 

He recently gave a talk at the Blue Sage Center in Paonia about how we can use native mushroom cultures to fight noxious weeds. 

John joined us to talk about his history practicing and educating the public about using natural methods to work with the land and control weeds.

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

KVNF’s Annette Pretorius reports on the new yacht club started by Ty and Helen Gillespie at Azura Cellars in Paonia.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with writer-artist-director-actor-comedian-songwriter, Stuart Davis.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Annette Pretorius and pianist, Susan Ellinger about the classical series they have developed at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts.  Hear music from  Susan Ellinger, along with principal players from the Grand Junction Symphony in a performance of piano concertos arranged for string quartet and piano.

Marty Durlin

At 4 pm on Tuesday, April 16, the Blue Sage in Paonia will present a practical session to help people deal with a topic no one wants to talk about. Jean Ceriani is trying to tell us something. As a healthcare provider, she’s seen how the body wears out, gives up, or is wounded beyond repair. But most of us can’t seem to communicate with one another about this most basic fact of our existence – that it will end.


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The Harvest of Voices invites North Fork Valley writers to share an original piece of prose or poetry.   Here, North Fork writers:   Marion Stewart, Diane Sylvain and Stephanie Ogburn share their work.

Marion Stewart:

Diane Sylvain essay (read by Marty Durlin):

Stephanie Ogburn:

Local band, Honey Don't,  play some new songs in KVNF's Bamboo Room.