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Kay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Now you can leave your mark on a piece of art that will last for 900 years. That’s the length of time the special paint Renick Stevenson is using on his community mural project.Renick Stevenson is the artist-in-residence at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, uniting the community through art.”One day, Renick just waltzed in with his little hat and his paint-stained jeans at the beginning of this summer, and started talking to us about all the different projects he’s worked on, a project in a Michigan federal building, and projects all over the United States,” said Center for the Arts program assistant Lou Iglesias. “He’s got a huge portfolio with all his projects and letters of recommendations. Gayle (Mortell, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts) decided this was something interesting and something we could do.” And so the “Glenwood, Past, Present and Future” mural began. Kids from the Center for the Arts classes have helped out Renick; a group of Latina girls from Yampa High School, Glenwood Elementary School students and YouthZone clients have worked on the project. The Center for the Arts takes calls from residents asking how they can contribute. It doesn’t really matter what skill level they are. Renick is working on the final panel of the community mural, and he needs people to place their marks on 4- by-6- inch portions of the mural. Take a deep breath, you don’t have to be an accomplished artist to do this.Residents may call 945-2414 and set up a time to grab a paintbrush and work on the mural, which covers the history of Glenwood from 1300 to 2007. Only six to eight people at a time can work on the project. Renick is in search of people who want to put their personal stamp on the mural. The offer is first-come, first-served, and it is not exclusively for Glenwood Springs residents. Some people have painted their entire families, including dogs and cats. Some people paint themselves with pointy hair, and some with stick figures.”I want people to know in their hearts that they’ve had something to do with it,” the artist said.

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