Your Town, Jan. 5, 2014

January has a tendency to lean toward blasé when it comes to color.

Think back to November, a month that holds on to the last of autumn’s vivid gold and vibrant yellows, before transitioning to a crunchy, dull brown. A temporary reprieve from the unimpressive hues arrives with December’s colorful expression of flashy red and green tones accompanying the Christmas season.

Yet, after the calendar page is turned and the momentum of the new year plows ahead, we on the Western Slope are met with the nonchalant whites of half-melted snow, spots of dormant hay-colored grass and tree limbs, and the valley haze that dulls the azure blue skies overhead.

The colors of January — snow white, muddy white and dirty brown — are not on any color wheel. Color is known to affect emotion; emotion affects well-being. No wonder January is a difficult month for some.

Eva Heller, a sociologist, psychologist and professor of the theory of color, wrote in her book regarding the psychology of color that “white is the color most often associated with innocence, perfection, the good, honesty, cleanliness, the beginning, the new, neutrality, lightness, and exactitude.”

Interesting. Maybe January is void of color for a reason. After all, it is a time for us to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. Similar to the childhood “do-overs” or the golf game “mulligan,” it’s a forgiving and fresh clean slate.

It’s a time to give that color wheel a spin and see where it lands. Purple, blue, green, red, yellow, orange — where will your new year begin?

The characteristics of color will be the subject of a presentation during the the Grand Valley Art Student’s League open studio from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

The league is an adult art mentoring organization dedicated to sharing the experience of artists and artisans. The group meets the second Saturday of each month. Some members come for the entire day, while others drop in, based on their schedules.

The discussion, “Color, Spatial Relationships and Focal Points,” will be presented by local artist Gary Clapp and is open to the public. Clapp will discuss how to use the characteristics of color — hue, saturation, grayscale, value and color temperature.

While Clapp will use illustrative figures to show effective use, it will be more of a discussion session rather than an actual demonstration of techniques.

Call Sue Samuelson at 201-2446 for information.

Thunder Mountain Camera Club will sponsor a free “Ask A Photographer” event from 
7–9 p.m. Thursday at Western Colorado Community College, 2520 Blichmann Ave., parking lot No. 4, Building B, Room 171.

Did you get a new camera for Christmas and need help learning its features? Do you have a camera but don’t know how to operate it in modes other than “auto?” Do you want to take your photography to a new level? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this event is for you.

The public is invited. Take your camera, ask questions of the members with many years experience and have fun.

Call 208-3955 for information.

The Grand Junction CHAMPS Veterans Association will have its annual silent auction from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Mesa Mall to benefit the Golden Age Games Team.

Visitors can bid on gift cards, rounds of golf, new and gently used merchandise and more. Proceeds will assist team members and their travels to compete at the 2014 National Golden Age Games in May in Fayetteville, Ark.

Call Emma at 245-6175 or David at 234-1457 for information.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction named businessman Lee Kreidler its 2013 Kiwanian of the Year.

Kreidler is active in several organizations in Mesa County and statewide, a news release said, and the club board of directors chose him because he recorded more community service hours than any other club member for the fiscal year that ended in late September.

“We are a service club, and he participates in as many service projects as he can,” said fiscal 2012–13 club President Beverly Troester, in the news release. “He has a passion and love for helping children and his community.”

A native of Dansville, N.Y., Kreidler moved to Grand Junction in 1976 and owns Kreidler and Associates, a pest control company. He is president of the Colorado Pest Control Association and has competed in the local Senior Olympics games, winning medals in swimming competitions. He also plays in a softball league and has participated in scuba diving.

Kriedler serves on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors, the Kiwanis Club board of directors, the advisory committee for Tri-River extension and volunteers as a tutor in School District 51 through the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce 500 Plan.

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