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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Abstract artist Michael Raaum’s next exhibit of life-inspired abstractions, titled “House of Dreams,” is on display in the Colorado Mountain College Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs through July 27. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight.”I’ve had dreams where I’m living inside a painting,” said Raaum, of Basalt. The title of his 28-piece exhibit represents how many artists feel about their creative processes, he explained, “working in a world of dreams and making them visible.”When he starts a new painting, Raaum often thinks about current events.”There’s one piece in the exhibit, ‘Life Outside the Core,’ that came together during the nuclear meltdown in Japan,” he said. “I wasn’t consciously thinking of it specifically, but I realized it was kind of about living a happy modern life, while next door there’s a nuclear power plant.”Raaum was a counselor and art instructor at CMC’s Aspen campus for more than 20 years, and has worked for the past decade as a full-time artist at his a studio in Basalt.CMC Gallery, 831 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Info: 947-8367.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Like any artist, Tara Charlesworth has always had a deep love and appreciation for the arts. Her paintings represent a beautiful way of expressing the deepest part of herself without words.”I am a local artist who has spent the last couple of years reconnecting with my creative self through painting,” Charlesworth said. “Within that process, I have found a greater sense of expression and passion.”Charlesworth paints in oils. Her style ranges from abstract to impressionism.The Colorado native, born in Aspen, lives in Rifle with her husband and two children. She is currently working towards an art education degree.Her paintings will be on display through July 1 at the Artists’ Mercantile & Gallery.An artist’s reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight as part of the Glenwood Springs Second Friday Tour d’Art.The Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery, 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Info: 947-0947.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Watercolor painter Jane Seglum will be the featured guest artist for the month of June at Gallery 809. An artist reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight for Second Friday Tour d’Art in Glenwood Springs. Gallery 809, 809 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – S.A.W. (Studio for Arts & Works) will kick off its summer show with a reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight. The S.A.W. group show features ceramics, jewelry, paintings and prints by Avi Arenfeld, Stanley Bell, Lisa Ellena, Anne Goldberg, Lyla Goldstein, Angus Graham, Andi Korber and Colby June. S.A.W., 978 Euclid Ave., Carbondale; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Info: 963-0201.
RIFLE, Colorado – The first of four live music concerts at the new amphitheater in Rifle’s Centennial Park starts with the alternative music of Wendy Woo. The free show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the park. Bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol or glass allowed in the park.Centennial Park, 300 W. Fifth St., Rifle.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Maputo Mensah grew up in West Africa in a musical family, where traditional songs, drumming and dancing “helped to forget our anger” at their poor living conditions.”It helped us remember what we had to look forward to and now music is our passion,” Mensah said. He leads the Maputo Mensah African Drumming and Dance Co., known as “Logo Ligi,” and will be performing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.Sponsored by Colorado Mountain College ArtShare program and the Aspen Dance Connection. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students up to 17, children 5 and under free. Advance tickets available at 947-8367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., Carbondale.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – More than 700 cups made by 80 local and national artists will be featured in the Carbondale Clay Center’s “Pairings” event from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. Tastings from local breweries, wineries and distilleries available with the purchase of a cup. Local chili and other beverages also available.Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., Carbondale. Info: 963-2529.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – New events and traditions fill the 114th Strawberry Days Festival with the theme of “There’s No Place Like Home,” will be held June 17-19 in Glenwood Springs.Prior to the official opening, the Brown’s Amusement Carnival will open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at the Glenwood Springs Mall in West Glenwood, and continue through the weekend.The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary Pie Day starts at 9 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. Food booths, the artisan fair and farmer’s market open at noon in Sayre Park, along with the new FamilyFest area with interactive experiences for the kids. The beer garden opens at 4 p.m.The Miss Strawberry Days fashion show and crowning of Miss Strawberry Days happens from 5-8:30 p.m.Saturday begin with the traditional parade up Grand Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Food booths and vendors open at 10 a.m. in Sayre Park. The annual Strawberry Days Kiwanis Ice Cream Social follows the parade in Sayre Park. The rest of the day features live music and events in the park.Sunday will starts at 7 a.m. with the Strawberry Shortcut race, followed by music, entertainment and vendors in Sayre Park.Volunteers are still needed.Info: Angie Anderson, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 945-6589, ext. 111, or http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Thunder River Theatre Co. presents “The Trip to Bountiful,” starring Julia Whitcombe, 81, as Carrie Watts, and directed by Lon Winston, opening Thursday, June 16. “The Trip to Bountiful” tells the story of an elderly woman who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is stymied by her daughter-in-law (Valerie Haugen) and an overprotective son (Brad Moore).Performance dates are June 16, 17, 18, June 24, 25, June 30, July 1, 2. All curtain times are 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on June 26.Info: http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.
The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue show at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 will be a fundraiser for the Defiance Community Players fall 2011 production.Tickets $25 for adults, $18 for students and children; food and beverages additional; silent auction to benefit Defiance Players.Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, Masonic Lodge at 9th and Colorado, Glenwood Springs.Info: Jacquie Meitler, 945-2174, or email@example.com
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