Singing in the studio |

Singing in the studio

Art by Ellen Zagoras.

Ellen Zagoras’ latest artistic passion involves applying unusual combinations of paint or household products onto slick paper and tilting the work table to direct the flow, and the artist delights in the process.

“Staying cool in my basement studio one summer, I once again viewed my huge collection of (neglected) unused paint brushes, stacks of paper and canvases,” Ellen said. “I thought to myself, ‘If not now, when? After all, I’m 71 years old.'”

An artist friend, Andrea Metz, stopped by and gave her an assignment to do 50 paintings. No rules, just play like a child.

Ellen painted palm trees, buffalo and mountains. She gave up and went back, gave up and went back until she had 50 pieces. Her friend returned and spread the paintings on the floor and told Ellen to pick out the ones she liked, and then paint another 50, trusting herself more.

Ellen found she cannot demand or force her inspiration, and the process of actually doing it brings it to life.

“I love the paint itself,” she continued. “It fascinates me how the water moves the colors around on the different types of paper, with different results each time. What if I pour, spatter, press, or blow on the paint? Every day is a new ‘fun’ approach and even adding new stuff into the paint itself creates special effects. What fun! I find myself singing in the studio.”

“I am now 74. I’m so joyful and enthusiastic when I paint. I allow the process to form the painting. The content emerges. Is it the Universe expressing the nature of this world that I love and honor?”

Ellen’s work is hanging in the New Castle Branch Library. Give yourself a little artistic lift and appreciate Ellen’s work

Check out more great artwork at a reception for Carmel Waldron’s watercolors at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at Patti’s Coffee Shop in beautiful downtown New Castle. Refreshments will be served.

New Castle is indeed blessed to have so many wonderful artists and opportunities to share those talents.

The town of New Castle is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on its commissions. These are non-paid positions.

The Historic Preservation Commission reviews proposals to designate properties as historic landmarks, advises property owners on physical and financial aspects of property preservation, and advises Town Council on matters related to preserving the historic character of the town. The commission developed the conceptual plan for the Main Street Streetscape project and meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month.

The Climate Action Advisory Commission develops and provides recommendations to council on how the town can meet the goals of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. This Commission meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month.

Persons appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission serve for three years, and terms on the Climate Action Advisory Commission are two years.

Town Council will make commission appointments in April. Please submit letters of interest to New Castle Town Clerk Lisa Cain. You may mail your letter to P.O.Box 90, New Castle, CO 81647; drop off your letter at Town Hall at 450 West Main Street; e-mail it to; or fax it to (970) 984-2716.

Please make sure your letter arrives by April 16. For more information, call Lisa at 984-2311.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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