Entertainment briefs: Oct. 13–19

‘Shrek the Musical Jr’ auditions upcoming

Open auditions for the Youth Theatre Project’s production “Shrek the Musical Jr.” will be from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Creative Avenues, 835 N. 26th St.

Students ages 8–18 are invited to audition for a lead role in person or register online if they do not wish to audition for a lead role.

Students ages 5–7 do not need to audition and can resister online to participate in the production.

Registration and audition forms (needed for those who will audition) can be found at TheatreProjectGJ.com.

Arts award nominations, artists sought


The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is seeking nominations for its 2017 Champion of the Arts Awards.

Cultural groups, organizations and local citizens are invited to nominate Grand Junction businesses and individuals for this distinguished honor that recognizes generosity, dedication, promotion and support of the arts.

Award winners will be announced Sunday, Dec. 3, during the Centennial Band Christmas Concert at Avalon Theatre and introduced to the Grand Junction City Council in January.

The commission also seeks to purchase two pieces of local artwork to be given as the awards. The artwork must be appropriate for indoor display and should have broad, general appeal. The value of the artwork should not exceed $850. This call for artists is open to all Mesa County residents.

Submissions for both nominations and artwork are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Criteria, nomination forms and call for art forms can be found at gjarts.org.

Call Lorie Gregor at 254-3876 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Arts, events center planned in Cedaredge


The creation of the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is moving ahead in Cedaredge.

A board of directors has formed, negotiations for a building have begun and the effort has gained nonprofit status.

The center would host concerts, theater productions, yoga and movement classes, dance, creative arts and crafts events and a gift shop. 

“The board is actively pursuing grants and donations for renovation of the building. As a nonprofit, the center will offer tax deductions for donations from individuals and families who would like to become patrons of this exciting community collaboration,” a news release said.

The center’s board members are Deborah Shaffer (president), David Starr (vice-president), Cindy Starr, Jane Dupree, Trey Gronenthal, Dea Jacobson, Mara Erwin and advisers Judy Fairchild, Joe Agne, Mitchell Gronenthal, Perry Hotz, Terry Hotz, Tonie Miller, Tracy Munson and Nancy Snowdon.

For information about the center, call Shaffer at 250-6266 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Local quilt artists receive honors at show


Local quilt artists with the Art Quilt Association are showing 23 original art quilts in the 26th annual Mancuso Pacific International Quilt Festival from Oct. 12–15 in Santa Clara, California.

“Horizons” is the theme of this year’s show and features a variety of subjects, such as the recent solar eclipse, landscapes, endless highways and more.

Grand Junction artist Pam Sant took top juror honors with her rendition of “Eagle Arch,” followed by Mary Grande with “In Deep.” Jan Warren placed third with “Out of Ruins Comes New Horizons” and her entry titled “Kyklos” received a fifth place. Bonnie Stenger’s “Sunflowers” recieved a fourth place honor.

Go to theartquiltassociation.com/home for information and images of the “Horizons” quilts.

Craft sale planned at Eckert church


Those looking for a seasonal craft fair to attend will find one with the Eckert Presbyterian Church Country Store Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the church, 13025 Colorado Highway 65, in Eckert.

A soup lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and a sandwich lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Lunch costs $5.

Call 835-8112 or 874-3792 for information.


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