Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour 2006 |

Roaring Fork Valley Studio Tour 2006

“My feeling is believe in it and you will create it.”

Artist Gene Adcock

The community schools of Aspen and Carbondale opened their fourth annual studio tour last Friday with an artists’ reception and a silent auction at the River Valley Ranch Sales Barn in Carbondale.

The weeklong event serves as an important fundraiser for the school’s arts programs, since charter schools receive no money from the district.

The schools offer kindergarten through eighth-grade classes and operate with the help of COMPASS, a nonprofit educational organization that focuses on lifelong learning. Both schools implement art, music and outdoor education in addition to the academic curriculums.

“We teach the whole child,” said teacher Mannette Weinhold.

Carol Rothrock, who started the event four years ago, expects the auction to raise approximately $25,000, which they will divide between the two schools.

“Some of the art work is 100 percent donation,” said silent auction director Debra Burleigh. “It can be a steal of a deal.”

Many of the prices start below market value and feature work from local artists who garner national and international commissions.

Last week, the 38 artists involved in the event opened their studios to the public.

“It’s such a rare combination of opportunity,” said Carbondale Community School Principal Leslie Emerson.

The annual event supports art in the schools; is an educational opportunity for the community; and it supports our local artists.

But most of all, said Rande Price Brewer, “It’s about the kids, it’s about nourishing their imaginations.”

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