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Peaceful, easy healing through music and art

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox / Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Nearly half a decade has passed since the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition formed in response to the United States’ War on Terrorism.”It’s been almost five years since Calvin Lee first ran a letter in the local papers inviting people concerned by the growing momentum toward war to meet and discuss the situation,” said RFPC steering committee member Jim Chenoweth, by e-mail. “The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition was born out of those early meetings and has been active ever since.”And, over the last several years, the organization has used music to communicate its mission of a peaceful planet through Peace Jam.”The first Peace Jam was in January of 2003, and the event has been both our annual celebration and our primary source of funding,” said Chenoweth, of New Castle. “This year’s event is particularly exciting because the event is being sponsored by KDNK, we have a great new venue, excellent music, an art auction, and we’ve put together a “Greatest Hits” CD with over an hour of original music from the fantastic musicians who have performed at Peace Jam.”Today’s event at 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado continues the theme of peace, with traditional African music by Hosho a Go-Go. Faces of Eve with popular Colorado female recording artists Celeste Krenz, Liz Barnez and Rebecca Folsom and Glenwood favorites Louie and the Lizards are also part of the music lineup. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Peace Jam V also will raise funds and awareness through a silent art auction with donated work by valley artists Eve Booth, Calvin Lee and Renick Stevenson. Three pieces by Stevenson, all themed appropriately for Peace Jam and painted especially for the Coalition, will be available to the highest bidders. He is an artist-in-residence at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts focused on community art projects and murals. His medium for the Peace Jam V pieces is acrylic on heavy-duty watercolor paper.”It’s about having peace and not being against something, but for something, which can be a thin line to walk” Stevenson said. “What I’m doing is saying hey, this is all about living a healthy life in a healthy world, and war is not the way to do it.”And that’s what the RFPC is trying to say.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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