For as often as I write about art, I don’t know the first thing about how to make it.
I’ve decided that’s got to change, and with so many resources in the valley, I have no excuse not to sign up for a class.
I received a Colorado Mountain College continuing education pamphlet in the mail on Wednesday. I eagerly flipped through it, circling everything that sounded interesting.
After considering cost, location and time constraints, I decided I’ll register for a Tuesday evening jewelry and metal work course and a Thursday evening yoga class (some of those poses look like body art … though not usually when I attempt them).
It’s not that I necessarily believe an arts journalist needs to be an artist to be good at his or her job, but I find it hard to understand arts journalists who aren’t even interested in trying their hand at something so integral to their career.
In the future, I want to take a pottery class, maybe from the Carbondale Clay Center or the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. I’d also like to try ballet, something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child but never got around to. And I want to learn how to sew, and how to knit or crochet something other than scarves, and how to paint. I find watercolor particularly appealing.
This valley has done more than offer me a good job and a comfortable home. It has resources for all of us to live richer, fuller lives. Art is what enriches my life, and it’s so exciting to know I’ve got the opportunity to make some of my own with the help and guidance of great teachers.
But I won’t quit my day job.
If you want to do some Black Friday shopping without the crowds, stop by Silt’s Last Friday at 5 p.m. at Crack in the Wall Gallery. You’ll find unique holiday gifts like photographs, paintings, jewelry, pottery, children’s books and more, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the gallery’s 33 local artists. Refreshments will be served, and it’s very unlikely you’ll get trampled. Everybody wins.
In response to the big box stores’ Black Friday sales, local businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday, where they’ll have sales and promotions, and you’ll go home knowing you got some great gifts and supported your local economy. Hit up the downtown area of your town, and you’re sure to find great deals from your friendly neighborhood small businesses. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will host a shopping kickoff event from 9 to 11 a.m. at 802 Grand Ave. Sweet ColoraDough is co-sponsoring the event and will provide complimentary coffee and doughnuts. The chamber will also be doing drawings throughout the day for 25 $25 American Express gift cards.
The Redstone Art Gallery’s second annual train exhibit opens today and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesday from now until Jan. 1. In addition to viewing trains that are sure to bring back childhood memories of Christmas, you can also enjoy refreshments and find a special, handmade gift. The gallery features handmade jewelry, oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, bronze, wood and stone sculptures, fine woodworking, pottery, cards and books by local authors, fiber art, glass blown vessels and more.
Jessica Cabe is taking orders for handmade jewelry now. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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