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April E. Clark
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Nearly 40 artists’ works are on display at the Hotel Colorado this weekend to celebrate Earth Day April 22.

Showing today through Sunday, with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. today at the hotel, the “Home Grounds” art show features work in mediums of all varieties.

Paintings, sculptures and mixed media work will celebrate the planet we call home.



“It’s a chance to pause and celebrate the earth,” co-organizer and artist Martha Cochran said.

The art show benefits the Aspen Valley Land Trust, of which Cochran is executive director. The nonprofit organization ” which has helped preserve more than 20,000 acres of working family ranches, wildlife habitat, and recreational areas in the Roaring Fork and upper Colorado River watersheds ” is the oldest land trust in Colorado. In 2006 alone, AVLT spearheaded 30 new projects and conserved more than 5,200 acres of land and watershed areas.



“Home Grounds” serves as both a way to thank AVLT supporters, as well as acknowledge Earth Day. Cochran and co-organizer Mary Noone sent out 1,000 invitations for today’s opening of the show, now in its third year.

“It’s a good way to include more of the community,” Cochran said. “The artists have been so supportive. No one said ‘no.'”

The reoccurring theme in “Home Grounds” is the beauty of the Roaring Fork Valley, said Noone, also an artist whose work is featured in the exhibit. Noone and Cochran were excited that the historic Hotel Colorado was playing a part in the valley’s Earth Day art show.

“It will be quite charming,” she said.

Cochran said she would like to see the event continue to grow in size, eventually leading to something epic.

“We’re hoping someday it will become part of a bigger celebration,” she said. “Glenwood needs to celebrate Earth Day.”

“Home Grounds” will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

aclark@postindependent.com

NEW CASTLE ” Test drive an Earth-friendly hybrid car and learn to grow a healthy lawn without chemicals or save money on energy bills at the Earth Day Expo this weekend in New Castle.

The community is invited to celebrate international Earth Day 2007 at a free educational event for all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The New Castle Community Center on Main Street hosts kids’ activities, informational displays, helpful handouts, environmentally oriented short film screenings, speakers, free refreshments, giveaways and raffle prizes. Participants can ask questions of local experts on topics ranging from organic fertilizers to mites that eat bindweed, from the science of global warming to solar electric systems for homes or businesses. Learn simple ways to help conserve the Earth’s natural resources all in one day.

Expo-goers can participate in hands-on activities ranging from kids’ crafts to helping operate a solar water pump. Raffle prizes include such items as day passes to Aspen ski resorts, T-shirts, wind-up battery-less flashlights, hats, plants, bags of compost and compact fluorescent bulbs.

A separate presentation room at the Community Center will feature guest speakers as well as interesting short films presented by the valley chapter of the Sierra Club. The speaker schedule includes:

– 11:30 a.m. ” “The Home as a System” by energy efficiency expert Nancy Kellogg

– 12:30 p.m. ” “Global Warming 101” by Calla Ostrander, interim global warming project manager for the Canary Initiative in Aspen

– 1 p.m. ” “Is Your Home or Business Ready for Solar?” by Jeff Lauckhart from Sunsense Solar in Carbondale

The volunteer-run New Castle Environmental Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Town of New Castle, presents the community Earth Day Expo. Alpine Bank in New Castle, with support and participation from many other area educators, citizens and vendors, sponsor the event.

For questions, call 984-0502.

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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