Entertainment Briefs: May 2

NYC gallery features GJ artist’s work

Grand Junction artist Julia Ennis we be featured at an art exhibit May 16 through June 5 at Chelsea’s Agora Galley in New York City.

“The work of Julia Ennis is an expression of spirituality and essential self,” a news release said.

“Through figure painting, mezzotint prints and sculptural “boxes,” the artist explores the spiritual dimension of her own life and that of others, breaking through the shield of personality that keeps humans from understanding one another and realizing the interconnectedness of all people.”

Ennis earned a bachelors of arts degree in Studio Art and Art History from Colorado Mesa University, the release said.

Go to agora-gallery.com for information.

Fruita studio offers summer classes


Summer classes will begin in June, at Watercolor Dogs Art Studio, 145 N. Mesa St., in Fruita,

A variety of classes for children through adults will be offered.

Call 270-2235 or go to watercolordogs.com for information.

History museum seeking volunteers in Montrose


Montrose County Historical Museum at the old Railroad Depot in Montrose is seeking summer volunteers.

Hours are flexible as you learn what happens behind the scenes of the museum, create exhibits, research family history requests or introduce visitors to the unique area history.

A volunteer orientation will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5.

Call Sally at 249-2085 to sign up for information.

Symphony gets grant for story times


The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra was awarded a $2,500 grant by the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation to grow its Symphony Storytime educational program.

In a collaboration with Mesa County Libraries, Symphony Storytime began last fall. Symphony members read stories, incorporated music and offered musical demonstrations targeted at preschool and elementary-aged children.

Each Symphony Storytime concludes with the Instrument Petting Zoo, another symphony education initiative that gives children the opportunity to hold and try to produce a sound on different instruments. 

Previous story times have focused on string instruments and brass and woodwinds. The next Symphony Storytime will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St. It will focus on percussion.

Call 243-4442 for information.

High marks for bands, choirs at festival


Area bands and choirs received top honors at the 89th annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival that took place April 24–26, in Grand Junction.

■ Outstanding Concert Band Ensemble: Class 4A, Palisade High School; Class 5A, Fruita Monument High School.

■ Outstanding String Orchestra: Class 4A, Palisade High School; Class 5A; Fruita Monument High School.

■ Outstanding Chamber Orchestra: Class 5A, Grand Junction High School.

■ Outstanding Full Orchestra: Class 5A, Grand Junction High School.

■ Outstanding Women’s Choir: Class 4A, Montrose High School.

■ Outstanding Men’s Choir: Class 4A, Palisade High School; Class 5A, Grand Junction High School.

■ Outstanding Mix Choir: Class 4A, Rifle High School.

■ Outstanding Jazz Combo: Class 4A, Palisade High School.

■ Outstanding Jazz Band: Class 4A, Palisade High School; Class 5A, Fruita Monument High School.

■ Outstanding Show Choir: Class 4A, Palisade High School; Class 5A, Central High School.

■ Sweepstakes: Class 1A-3A, Coal Ridge High School; Class 4A-5A, Palisade High School.


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