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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

My mother always told me, “Never wear out your welcome.”

Raymond Howell, my mentor for painting said “Every artist should have someone behind him with a hammer to hit them when they are all finished.” Saul Alinsky taught me that in community organizing, to never stay longer then 2 years. “Don’t tell them what you will do for them, ask them what they want and need. Discover indigenous grass roots talent, and help develop it, and work yourself out of a job…”

My two years are up as the Artist in Residence at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, as of May 31st. I have had the good fortune to work with Gayle Mortell and the staff at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, creating new ways of experiencing the artist is one, and all. All mediums, all ages, the recent Dancers Dancing speaks for itself. Great teachers, and students, underlining Da Vinci’s motto, “Living Life Creatively is the highest form of art.”

I will continue to do community based art projects, as well as Grief and Creativity workshops. I will do this to assist in helping build a healthier community in anyway possible.

Personally, I endorse these philosophies:

1. Never go anywhere you are not invited.

2. All art projects for the community only cost the price of materials. I have no fees, or charges. The only gratuity I receive is strictly donation based.

3. I will continue to do Grief and Creativity workshops once a month, donations only. Call me for a time and place, by reservation only. Typically workshops are held the last weekend of each month, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit, no more then 12 students per workshop.

When I was here before, the community included Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties, and for me it still does. We live too close together to be territorial, we all need to work together to develop healthy, creative life styles. Aspen, Snowmass, Marble, Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, Redstone, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute, and beyond we need one another.

Again, my undying thanks to Gayle, for taking a chance on a stranger. Thank you Lou, Jessica, Christina and all the devoted teachers at the Center. Thank you for welcoming me, and providing your commitment to make this Valley a healthier place in these troubled times.


Renick Stevenson


I need to vacate my studio by the end of May. Seeking a new studio, handicap accessible, centrally located, reasonable rent. Thanks to the community for all of your support.

We live in some very unique times. We are facing issues most of us haven’t seen before. It is a wake up call for those that really care about the difference between right and wrong.

We all have decisions to make each day. We need to ask ourselves what the priority is for making these decisions. Are they based on our own selfish needs or do we base them on our love of God.

When you make decisions based on the love of God then you will always make the right choice. The question is whether you truly believe in God. That alone is a choice. There will always be those that base beliefs on science and that is their choice once again.

If you believe in eternal life, then now is the time to make the right decisions and get right with God.

I couldn’t help but notice the increase in gas prices lately. The discussions for months has been an explanation for the increase in prices in the area. The price of oil has been between $45. and $55 a barrel for months and all of the sudden prices go up 30 cents a gallon. Here’s an easy explanation. GREED

Please think about the difference between right and wrong. Then pray to God to help you do the right thing.

We live in the greatest country in the world and it’s up to each one of us to keep it that way.

Joe Theisen


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