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Order out of Chaos at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Wesley Beuter of Wood by Wesley at the Glenwood Downtown Market
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The second Glenwood Downtown Market ended with a bang (of lightning) as canopies crumpled from gusts of wind that swept through and rain drops as big as silver dollars fell on marketgoers and vendors. Just one of the exciting things about an outdoor event in Colorado is not knowing what the weather will do. After a good downpour, the sky cleared up for the market, and then thunderstorms rolled in as vendors were beginning to pack up, leaving some of their canopies vulnerable to the gusts of wind that often accompany these storms in the valley.

Linda Drake said, “Out of chaos comes order,” even though her canopy was destroyed. This is the stuff true legends are made of. No matter what happens, the purpose and dedication needed to make the market happen every week doesn’t faze the members of the board. Linda joined the market board four years ago with all the enthusiasm that she displays today because she loves the concept. She loves the dedication of the market board that operates as a nonprofit for the purpose of bringing the community together and promoting artists, crafters, growers and performers. Linda designs and creates beautifully printed cotton towels in her Glenwood Springs home studio.

“Every blank canvas starts a journey of color and creativity that keeps me smiling and reaching for that spark that inspires me. My art is happy and makes me happy when I am creating,” says Linda. Wanting to share that happiness, Linda has invited Terry Muldoon, an art teacher at Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, to teach two waves of classes in the Cooking Booth at the market for children from 6-8 p.m. Linda is always looking for ways to promote community involvement.

Linda is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Grand Junction. She came to Glenwood Springs to the pool for senior sneak day; little did she know she would one day call Glenwood Springs home.

Caribe Caribbean Grille’s Guillermina Serano will be demonstrating her expertise in the Cooking Booth at 5:30 p.m. She does all the cooking at Caribe using local fresh fruits and vegetables. Caribe is located at 720 Grand Ave.

In the music booth Jill Cohn is slated to lift her soul-stirring voice in combination with lush arrangements, toe tapping road stories and heart-string-tugging ballads like her latest single, “Yellow Rose,” which has been charting for several weeks on Americana Radio. Raised in Eastern Washington, Jill Cohn started singing before she started talking, and music has always been an integral part of her journey. A full-time musician since 1999, Cohn has released nine critically acclaimed independent releases, has gained notoriety with her songs placed in popular TV shows and continues making her live shows the centerpiece of her musical endeavors. Cohn has recently played at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale and already enjoys a fan base here in the valley.

Two new craftsmen have entered the market this year; David Lupow of Accent Art Studio makes unique picture frames out of marble, stone and slices of crystal that make photos jump out of the frames while complementing the material’s interesting patterns. His picture frames are featured in eight stores from Glenwood to Denver.

For Wesley Beuter of Wood by Wesley, making bird houses became a passion that he flew into 100 percent. He considers his woodworking to be therapy after a divorce that left him re-examining what is important in his life. All of the material Wesley uses is reclaimed, and he loves it when the birds just move right in.

Visit Glenwood’s Downtown Market every Tuesday through the summer at Ninth and Grand Avenue from 4-8 p.m. For more information call 970-618-3650.

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