In Brief: art, band honors and more

Abstract art of Deborah Robinson displayed at church

“Abstract Explorations: A Retrospective of Abstract Explorations in Various Media,” by local artist Deborah Robinson, is on display through Wednesday, July 31, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.–noon Sundays.

Call 254-8045 or visit for more information.

Central band student picked to be part of Europe tour


Central High School band student Isaiah Simon was selected by the Central High School band director to become a Colorado Music Ambassador and to represent Colorado in the 2014 Colorado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour.

Only students nominated are eligible to participate. Simon will join other Colorado musicians to represent American music and perform in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany.

Simon is seeking assistance from the public to help raise the $10,000 needed for the trip, expenses that include a passport, reeds, travel, motel, food and spending money. An account (No. 13042600105148) has been set up at First National Bank of the Rockies, 2775 Acrin Ave., for donations.

Simon can be reached at 589-3964 for more information.

Annual arts and crafts event in Gunnison seeks works


Art in the Park, a popular outdoor arts and crafts tradition in Gunnison, is seeking artists to exhibit original creative works at the screened show Sunday, July 28.

This year marks the 39th year of the American Association of University Women’s sponsorship. Proceeds from the event help fund scholarships at Western State Colorado University and other AAUW-sponsored education projects.

Call Carol Bennett at 970-641-4230 for more information and to request an application. If leaving a message, spell your name and mailing address.

Western Slope areas among new creative districts


Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation announced the certification of five new creative districts through the Colorado Creative Districts Program: Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Creative District.

“These 2013 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a news release. “These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

Initiated in 2011 with the signing of Colorado House Bill 11-1031, the Colorado Creative District’s program first certified Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe and Downtown Salida, with an additional 13 districts granted prospective and emerging status.

The second-year grants will provide $15,000 and technical assistance opportunities to each of the five new Certified Creative Districts. They also will be eligible to receive a Boettcher Leadership Award of $10,000.

Highlights of the Western Slope are:

■ The North Fork Valley Creative District in Delta County encompasses Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.

■ Ridgway Creative District, home to a thriving arts community encompassing visual, design, performing, textile, culinary, brewing and publishing arts. More than 10 percent of its 900 residents are artisans.

■  Telluride Creative District acknowledges Telluride’s remarkable accomplishments in the arts over the last 40 years. The Town of Telluride is a 2010 Governor’s Arts Award recipient and engages over 1,600 artists in its Creative District activities that attract more than 255,000 participants annually. The Creative District recently spearheaded the town’s Cultural Master Plan that coordinates and integrates arts and creative activities in local life.

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