Creative community on the rise in Rifle |

Creative community on the rise in Rifle

Sara Gallagher
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The Post Independent posted an article on Aug. 15 that no doubt created an excited stir within Rifle, and this part of the valley. Titled “Art Community Grows in Western Garfield County” by PI Arts and Entertainment editor, Jessica Cabe, the stereotype about our creative efforts was finally broken, and declared for all of Garfield County to recognize.

Carrying along with this momentum, I wonder if you have come across, or even been a part of some of these efforts yourself? Maybe you aren’t quite sure where to find them? Well, they’re all over town.

Of course we have our local arts center, the Bookcliffs Arts Center. Having just completed another successful season of the Hilltop Concert Series, currently the BAC is now offering a full course of classes (children to adults) taught by local and loved art teacher, Liz Waters.

With Open Mic’ Nights and Open Jam Nights beginning in September, the music too carries on for anyone to join.

We have our artist collective, the Midland Arts Co. that takes on consignment artists, even lowering the consignment percentage if you help a day or two in the store, which is a great experience to participate in.

The New Ute Events Center is gathering more and more incredible acts to come through our town, with growing attendance — and an active dance floor.

Our two new coffee shops, Olive Ridley’s Coffee Tea & Travel and most recently the Whistle Pig Coffee Stop and Cafe, both have local artists on display — Olive Ridley’s with its own “Underground Artist Series” and the Whistle Pig in participation with the BAC’s Art Around Town program.

The library is another participant in the Art Around Town effort.

And, finally, a place for creatively nurturing the self: Mistyoga, a beautiful hub that continues to warmly pull in more attendees and interested community members. Misty Frontella has truly created a safe space for anyone to enter — all you have to do is show up.

Sara Gallagher is the special events director at the Bookcliffs Arts Center. For more information on any of the above listed facilities and offerings, contact her at

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