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Summer 2014 Program Catalog

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THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER serves as a hub for cultivating and promoting the Arts in the community by unleashing creativity, connecting people, and enriching cultural horizons.


THIS IS THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER’S comprehensive guide to all of the programming offered during the summer 2014 season. Take a look at all we have to offer. We are confident that you will find something that will both inspire and fuel your creative energy!

INFORMATION AND BOX OFFICE Visit us @ 102 S Main St. Gunnison, CO 81230 Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Call us @ 970.641.4029 Find us online @


THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER WILL ISSUE a full refund for the price of class and workshop registration until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER



Support the Gunnison Arts Center


Our River. Our Valley


Fundraising Events


Sundays @ 6 Summer Concert Series


Gallery Exhibits, ArtWalk & Music


Music Workshops and Film Series

12 Theater Productions & Children’s Theater Camps

14 Dance Classes and Workshops 16 The AND Series Art Soirees 17 Adult Art Classes 19 Adult Clay Classes 20 Kids Art Classes and Camps 22 Kids Clay Classes and Paint Your Own Pottery 23 Thanks You/ Customize your Art Experience 24 The Gallery SHOP

Become a Gunnison Arts Center Member AND KEEP THE ARTS VIBRANT IN OUR COMMUNITY!

OUR VALUED MEMBERS ARE A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER. Our Membership Program offers exclusive opportunities to get actively involved in the Arts and supports the Gunnison Arts Center‘s mission to provide unique opportunities to keep our community connected to the Arts. At only $4.16 a month or $11.25 a month for families, GAC Members enjoy a multitude of benefits at every level! Memberships are valid for one year from date of receipt. Become a member or renew your membership online at


A 15% discount on all classes, a 10% discount on all art purchases, invitations to special member events, recognition in the Annual Report and discounts at local businesses. FAMILY– $135.00 (MAXIMUM OF FOUR MEMBERS) • Four 1/2 priced tickets to an event of your choice* • Two drink coupons to use at an event of your choice INDIVIDUAL– $50.00 / SENIOR 60+ - $35.00 • Two 1/2 priced tickets to an event of your choice* • Two drink coupons to use at an event of your choice COUPLE – $85.00 / SENIOR COUPLE 60+ - $70.00 • Two 1/2 priced tickets to an event of your choice* • Two drink coupons to use at an event of your choice STUDENT – $25.00 (VALID WSCU OR GHS ID REQUIRED) • One 1/2 priced ticket to an event of your choice* *Maximum discount $20 per person. GAC Benefit events not included in discount offer.

We so appreciate all of our loyal members as they are vital to keeping the doors of the Gunnison Arts Center open and help keep our community growing in the Arts.


The Gunnison Arts Center makes it a point to have fun and participatory opportunities for those looking to volunteer. As a not-for-profit we depend on the generous donations of time and effort by selfless individuals willing to give of themselves. We have had truly amazing volunteers since our inception. We are openly grateful for everyone who walks through our door and look forward to meeting new volunteers!


Donations from foundations, families and individuals have always been important to the success of our non-profit organization. The Gunnison Arts Center has been blessed to have such faithful donors, and we are so appreciative of their generosity. Please join with them in giving to such a necessary and integral part of our community!


Our River, Our Valley WITH A MAJOR WATER PLANNING PROCESS GOING ON IN COLORADO, the Arts Center is partnering with the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District on “Our River, Our Valley,” a series of programs and projects to remind us of the importance of our streams and rivers to the quality of life in our valley.

THE 10TH GUNNISON VALLEY JOURNAL As a part of the Our River Our Valley project, the Gunnison Arts Center is coordinating the 10th edition of the Gunnison Valley Journal, a collection of stories, poems, photographs and drawings. This publication serves as a forum for local and emerging writers and artists to publish their work, express their creativity and join a community of writers.

OPEN COMMUNITY JURIED ART SHOW IN THE MAIN GALLERY In the spirit of the theme, the Gunnison River Headwaters and Valleys, this exhibit will feature art submissions from artists of many mediums and ages. Cash prizes sponsored by the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District will be awarded in various categories. Submissions are due May 31st. Visit the website for more information.

WATER COMMERCIALS Don’t miss these creative jingles written by local musicians playing on our local radio stations, KBUT (88.7), KWSB (91.1), and KEJJ (98.3) all year long.


FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH 5:00–9:00 P.M. Gallery Opening and Artists Reception Juried Art Show Awards Ceremony Journal Reception and Open-Mic Reading Night Live Water Commercials and music by Chris Coady




6:00 p.m. – Celebration, Silent Auction and Reception 7:00 p.m. – Short Films Begin (The Gunnison Navy and Black Canyon: The Next Generation) 7:30 p.m. – Intermission and Raffle Drawing 8:00 p.m. – Silent Auction Closes and Feature Film Begins (DamNation)

The Arts Center is joining forces with the Gunnison River Festival, a local nonprofit, to help raise funds for improvements at the Gunnison Whitewater Park. Featuring three amazing river-themed films, this fundraiser brings together fun, friends, fluids, and food along with a silent auction including amazing art and exciting raffle prizes.

THE GUNNISON NAVY The Gunnison Navy was filmed in the 1940’s from a Hollywood film maker during World War I. It’s a short film about a group of Gunnison locals, high class fishing, soggy pants and the beautiful Gunnison River before it was damned. This film was sent overseas to the American Soldiers to remind them what they were fighting for.

BLACK CANYON: THE NEXT GENERATION From Cloud Level Media out of Breckenridge Colorado, we bring you “Black Canyon: The Next Generation”, winner of the 2012 short film of the year awards. In the fall of 2011, a team of ten boaters ventured into the Black Canyon in Colorado to experience the challenge, adventure and beauty of this 2000 foot sheer-walled canyon.


This powerful film odyssey across America explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang. When obsolete dams come down rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.


Sundays at 6 :00

JOIN US UNDER THE BIG TREES OF LEGION PARK at the corner of Tomichi Avenue and Teller Street every Sunday evening, June through August at 6 p.m. for free live music and community and family fun. This long standing tradition has continued over the years, featuring the music of local and regional bands. Every year we see new and familiar faces as community members and visitors gather together come rain or shine to enjoy the park, the people and the performances. This summer’s line-up is going to be better than ever and we can’t wait to see you there!


Chris and Kim Lindell have been playing their beautiful-dark-folk-pop-roots-rock in the American west since the 80’s. ‘The Lindells’ will be joined by ‘Cement Pond’, a jam-child of three music industry veterans; Bob Matthews -producer on many Greatful Dead classics, Larry Otis - one of the finest guitarists in the country playing with Commander Coady, and Stan Davis - a Gunnison native bringing his 25 year musical experience to the trio. A great blend of music to start the summer off right!


Performing as a trio with acoustic guitar, banjo, bass and drums, The Scones are sure to bring some rockin’ Americana to Gunnison. The Scones are seasoned pros who provide a high energy, entertaining experience not to miss.


Led by the expert guitar work of Les Choy, the Gypsy Jazz Social Club grew out of his Gypsy Duets. Bringing you both traditional gypsy repertoire and non-gypsy jazz standards and original compositions, this local favorite is sure to impress Sunday listeners.


Gunnison’s own Colorado Flavored Americana! Performing original and covered AmericanaFolk music with influences from John Hiatt and Bob Dylan, this accomplished quartet is sure to bring a memorable experience.


Mine Control is a five-member funk band from Crested Butte, Colorado. Guitar, bass, keys and drums fuse to bring the valley a funky sound old time miners, ski bums and visitors can all dance to. Ski Funk!


Simpler Times Bluegrass will always bring a ‘simpler time in life’ with a blend of fiddles, guitar, banjo, mandolin and thumping bass. With American mountain melodies and Colorado roots, their love of music is infectious!



One man on stage sounding like a ten piece funk band… is that possible? With the Funky Bob Show it is! Enjoy this one of a kind musical experience that is completely custom designed and self sufficient. The Funky Bob Show is sure to bring the grooves and get your feet tappin’.


Bruce Hayes, a local favorite, produces a fusion of musical styles combining rock, bluegrass, celtic, folk and jazz. On stage his presence is electrifying, tapping his feet on an amplified floor-board, slapping accents on his guitar, wailing on the harmonica and dancing around the strings. A performance not to miss!


Three daughters of the south, Jenny Hill, Lizzy Plotkin and Katherine Taylor, followed the trail west to the Gunnison Valley. Here they found each other and a blend of new-folk music emerged. Fusing together elements including harmony singing, twin fiddles, open back banjo, guitar, mandolin, storytelling and mountain culture, Free the Honey provides a beautiful and amazing sound all their own.


If the late night scene on Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee could talk, they’d sing you a Casey James Prestwood tune. Drenched in the honest twang that made Gram Parsons and Hank Williams household names, the classic crooner’s carefree vocals and careful guitar playing feel more like country than a worn-in pair of cowboy boots.


Doctor Robert is in a new generation of Beatles tribute bands with a commitment to the accurate reproduction of over 100 songs of ‘The Beatles’. Doctor Robert has redefined the concept of a Beatles tribute band, playing extended sets of music with no two set lists ever being the same.


Policulure is a seven-piece original mountain reggae band from Boulder, Colorado. Combining heavy drum and bass, roots rhythm, a melodic horn section and conscious lyrics, Policulture is sure to bridge the gap between generations, unite all under one sound and guaranteed to get your booty shakin’.


Titled “Two Faces West” after the 1960’s western television show based in Gunnison, Colorado, these three local university students, Quinn, Kurt and Mick will be playing their unique, eclectic blues/rock sound in the park for our final free concert of the summer.


Gallery Exhibits and First Fridays ArtWalk STROLL DOWN MAIN STREET OF beautiful, historic Gunnison from 5 - 8 p.m on the first Friday of the month to visit unique galleries featuring a wide variety of art and artists and hear local musicians show off their talents. Including professional galleries and co-ops as well as our our non-profit Community Arts Center, Gunnison’s First Friday ArtWalk and Music makes for a memorable evening! Join us in the Main and Upper Galleries of the Gunnison Arts Center for a reception with our featured artists of the month. While you are here don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience our outdoor courtyard with free live music under the summer trees and romantic evening lights. This summer’s music line up will include an eclectic mix of music bound to inspire.


MAIN GALLERY: OPEN COMMUNITY JURIED ART SHOW - OUR RIVER OUR VALLEY Artists from all ends of the Gunnison Valley will be showcasing their Gunnison River-themed works in this dynamic exhibition of both 2-D and 3-D work. Cash prizes and a “people’s choice” prize will be awarded at the closing of the ArtWalk. Drop-off dates are Friday, May 30th (10-6) and Saturday, May 31st (10-2). $10/submission or $8/submission for GAC Members. Also check out the various Our River Our Valley events happening this evening including a reception for the Gunnison Valley Journal, an open-mic reading, live “water commercials,” and more. MUSIC BY MARIMBA MU GOMO Enjoy a different sound this Fridays @ 5 from the Marimba Mu Gomo (Marimba in the Mountains) Troup, an eight member group made up of Gunnison and Crested Butte locals. Listen to traditional and original Zimbabwean music to start the summer off right. All of the African wooden Marimbas including the soprano, baritone, bass, and tenor will be on stage in the GAC’s Courtyard. Get excited to learn the marimbas at the Marimba Workshop, held the very next day!


MAIN GALLERY: HIGH POINT; THE ART OF SHOWING HORSES. This show is a benefit art show celebrating horses for The Year of The Horse, 2014. Featuring an diverse collection of paintings and works by equine artists Barbara Haynie and Cheri Isgreen, this intriguing show has been traveling to communities all across Colorado. UPPER GALLERY: TRANSFIGURED. This layered and metaphorical show of oil paintings by recent Western graduate, Molly Smith will fill the newly painted and delightful upper Gallery for the first time in several years. Come out to see this show and help us celebrate the renewed use of this wonderful exhibition space.



MUSIC BY LEN TRUJILLO Len is a solo acoustic guitar performer playing music from the 60s, and beyond, and offers a blend of classic rock and country sounds. Influenced by artists such as The Eagles, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel and of course, Johnny Cash, Len reaches out to the audience and attempts to connect them with a pleasant memory and period of time.


MAIN GALLERY: THE TUESDAY NIGHT QUILTERS. This diverse group of local women meets weekly to inspire and mentor each other. Their different styles, strengths and interests are shown in this beautiful display of quilts of all sizes. Intricate stitching, interesting patterns, bold colors, and a sense of connection with our heritage are defining elements in this dynamic show. UPPER GALLERY: THE OPEN COMMUNITY ART SHOW, BIKE ART. This year’s theme will be all things bike in celebration of the return of the USA Pro-Cycling Challenge to the Gunnison Valley. Drop –off dates for work are Friday, July 25th (10-6) and Saturday, July 26th (10-2). $10/submission or $8/submission for GAC Members. Visit our website for complete information and to check out our bike art workshop in July. MUSIC BY ALAN & ISSA Enjoy this excellent acoustic duet featuring outstanding songwriting and tight vocal harmonies from Alan Wartes and Issa Forrest.


MAIN GALLERY: ROSSI PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY. Local resident Rossi Phillips has a BFA in Photography and has been a fine arts photographer for over 30 years. Her collection of beautiful canvas wraps features landscapes, nature studies and abstract forms found in nature around the Gunnison Valley. UPPER GALLERY: CHERYL PETTIGREW PAINTINGS. Cheryl, a long time Gunnison resident and Western graduate spends much of her free time engaged in her passion for painting. In this exhibit she will be showing a recent series of landscapes and seascapes portraying sunrises and sunsets. These large, colorful works are sure to delight.


Music and Film


Saturday, June 7. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Come experience the music of Zimbabwe in this fun summer workshop. Join musicians from the local Marimba Mu Gomo troupe (Marimba in the Mountains) where instruction will be tailored to any skill-level. Get a chance to play all of the wooden marimbas; soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass and even learn a traditional Zimbabwean song. There is no word for music or rhythm in Africa as it is a way of life, a reference for life. This workshop is great for any skill level and perfect for parents and kids. The workshop will be held outside on the Gunnison Arts Center Courtyard (or inside, depending on weather). Please bring sunscreen, water and a snack. Min 5 students/ max 12 students. $25 Adults / $20 Kids (12-). Instructors: Barbara Haas and Karen Immerso.


Friday, June 27. Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 7:00 p.m. The GAC is excited to bring singer-songwriters in the round night to you this summer. Join us as five local singer-songwriters share their stories and music in the Black Box Theater. It’s like being invited into the living room of a few of Gunnison’s best musical talents. Enjoy a wonderful evening of a distinct form of artistry in our small valley. Featuring Chris Coady, Evelyn Roper, Kevin Walter and Alan Wartes accompanied by Issa Forrest. Check out our website for bios of these musicians. Tickets $20.


Friday, July 18th Gunnison’s very own, Gunny Grass Bluegrass Festival kicks off 2014 festivities on South Main in front of the Gunnison Arts Center. Complete with an outdoor stage and bar, don’t miss this electrifying block party event. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday at the I-Bar Ranch. Visit www.gunnygrass for 3 day tickets and camping passes. South Main Block Party tickets available at the Gunnison Arts Center, Castle Creek Guitars and the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce: $10 Early Bird ~ $13

5:30-6:00 p.m. - Tyler Hanson 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Mahogany Splinters 7:05-8:00 p.m. - Stray Grass
 8:10-9:45 p.m. - Horseshoes & Hand Grenades


Monthly Film Series In collaboration with the Crested Butte Film Festival, the Gunnison Arts Center presents a monthly film series featuring a powerful line up of diverse and inspiring films including audience favorites and new independent cinematic masterpieces. Doors open at 6:30 and shows start at 7pm. Tickets $10


Lance Armstrong - cycling’s deposed champion and most prominent liar - is brought to life in Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s film. The film starts innocently enough in 2009 when Gibney was hired to make a film about Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was then shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession on Oprah. This film picks up in 2013 and presents an intense, insider’s view of the unraveling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong himself says: “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.” Riveting, revealing and nearly redeeming, THE ARMSTRONG LIE is a must-see on the big screen. Directed by Alex Gibney. Film running time is 124 minutes. Rated R.


Sideways meets Stand by Me in this endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird-watching’s history books. On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small. With marvelous supporting performances by Ben Kingsley and James LeGros, A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding and the inner peace that can be discovered during a walk in the woods. Rob Meyer delivers a sparkling feature film with a coming-of-age tale to warm the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion. It becomes a tenderhearted look at the moments and relationships that change even the most intensely focused lives. Directed by Rob Meyer. Film running time is 86 minutes. PG-13


Imagine hopping a train from Oakland, CA all the way to New Orleans. Imagine on that train are three of your favorite bands: Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show. Imagine the music playing all night long through the southwestern desert and stopping in towns for surprise shows. You have the BIG EASY EXPRESS…three bands, six cities, one train and thousands of miles of track. The Big Easy Express documents a cinematic musical journey, a “tour of dreams” that results in a film that is nothing short of magical. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music and raucous adventure, this summertime film will have you dancing your heart out. Directed by Emmett Mallow. Film running time is 98 minutes. Film not rated.



Saturday, May 31. 6:00 - 8:30 pm Enjoy an evening of musical theater while dining on an elegant three course dinner with wine. This one of a kind event will be a gorgeous cabaret style dinner in the Arts Center’s Main Gallery with highlights from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and the little known sequel ‘Love Never Dies’. A cash bar will be available. Seats are limited so get your tickets soon. Presented by the Gunnison Opera Study Group. Proceeds to benefit the Gunnison Arts Center. Tickets (includes dinner) $45 or $40 for GAC Members.


3rd Annual “Take Dad to the Radio” Readers Theatre Production June 12th, 13th and 14th Doors 6:30 p.m.; Curtain at 7:00 p.m. Tell me wretched Earthlings, who will save you now? Shudder… as Ming the Merciless, Emperor of the Universe, utters his threat to Flash Gordon. Be thrilled…as Superman attempts to stop The Yellow Mask from destroying Metropolis. It’s fun for everyone as the Turn Back the Dial Players presents readers theatre versions of old time Superman and Flash Gordon radio episodes. Take Dad to The Radio for ‘An Evening of Superheroes’! The highlight of this Father’s Day weekend will be the world premiere of “The China Doll Murders” on opening night, based on a short story by local resident, Calvin Curry. Adapted for our stage and directed by Mike Callihan. Tickets: $12 Adults / $10 (kids 12-/seniors 60+).


July 31st, August 1st - 2nd and August 7th - 9th The tradition continues! Since the early 19th century, melodramatic theatrical presentations have been playing on audience’s emotions by exaggerating characters and plot to extreme levels on stage. Don’t miss the Gunnison Arts Center’s hysterical rendition of this traditional theatrical genre this August. Featuring local talented directors, actors and crew members, this fun, family friendly show in our dramatic Black Box Theater is sure to leave you aching with laughter.


September 4th, 5th and 6th Doors 7 p.m.; Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Matinee on the 7th Doors 1:30 p.m.; Curtain at 2:00 p.m. We are delighted to introduce to the GAC’s Black Box Theater, a funny new musical about the exploits of the Wright Brothers, written by Joseph Reiser and Enid Holden. “Getting It Wright” will follow the Wright Brothers as they are inspired in their dreams of flight by four mischievous muses. Sit back and soar through a new musical experience for all ages.


Children’s Theater

XANADU PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY SUMMER THEATER CAMP ~ (AGES 5-16) Monday – Friday, June 2 – 6. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Performances Saturday, June 7. 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tickets $6 kids/ $8 adults

$115 before May 15th / $130 after May 15th *All registered students will attend all day/everyday regardless of performing role Six $50 scholarships are available for this camp. Provide your child with the ultimate theatrical experience! Xanadu Performing Arts Company is designed to inspire and motivate. Campers experience the joy of performing on stage while also gaining self-confidence, critical thinking skills, and the importance of teamwork. Campers are introduced to a variety of theatrical aspects including: prop and stage design, costume design, music, dance, and acting. In this summer’s show, The Peak, a young boy finds himself traveling from 2014 to 2070 in The Nation of Emmons. Watch as the government slowly unfolds, secrets are reveled, and the boy from the past tries to help a young girl and a robot save The Nation.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATER: THE WIZARD OF OZ ~ (AGES 6 – 18) Monday – Friday, August 11 – 15. 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Auditions Monday 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Performances Saturday 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. Tickets $10 Adults, $7 Children. Tuition cost is $60 per student. The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre company, will visit the Gunnison Valley again this year with a team of directors and everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. An audition will be held on Monday, August 11th and approximately 50 roles will be cast for local students ages 6 – 18. No advance preparation is necessary and all students are encouraged to audition. The show is rehearsed throughout the week with most students rehearsing 4 ½ hours each day, however not all students will be required at every rehearsal. Three public performances will be presented on Saturday the 16th. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories…a twist on the fairytales you know and love. MCT’s mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.


Dance Summer classes are shortened and condensed versions of our upcoming ten-week fall dance semester. No street shoes, water, food or gum are allowed in the dance studio.


Wednesday, July 23rd 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to try African Dance? Here is your chance in this perfect class for the ‘Never Ever’ dancers and even returning ones. Learn the rhythms of traditional West African dance in this short exploratory workshop. Get your core moving and experience the fun with live drummers and encouraging professional instruction! Great for everyone, no dance experience necessary! $15/workshop. Gunnison Arts Center’s Dance Studio. Instructor: Jennifer Robinson.


Saturday, July 26th 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Get funky in this short new workshop for beginners to learn the art of hula-hooping. Hoop dance is a fun exciting way to get a whole body workout, especially during the summer time. Focus on basic skills such as transitioning the hoop up and down one’s body, isolations, integrating dance into hooping and creating short combinations. Hoops will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. No experience is necessary. $15/workshop. Gunnison Arts Center’s Dance Studio. Instructor: Tiana Struble.



Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. July 14 – August 11. Never Ever Tap is for adults who have never taken a tap class before. This will be a perfect introductory course to a fun filled style of dance, TAP! Learn the basic core functions of the tap shoe and the fundamentals of tap from the very beginning. After learning rhythm and foot coordination, students will be able to put together tap combinations to form a structured dance. Students must supply their own tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. $50. Gunnison Arts Center’s Dance Studio. Instructor: Heidi Grant.


Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. July 15 – August 12. Do you dance in your living room to your favorite song? Open to beginners and dancers of all experience levels, this class is meant to inspire personal growth through dance movement. In this up beat class, dancers will experience a different style of dance each time. This includes a fusion of ballet, contemporary, jazz, theatrical dance and hip hop! Each class is different! Enjoy a fun, non-competitive, exciting dance class for young adults and adults who were BORN TO DANCE! Students should wear stretch-able, comfortable clothes. No footwear is required; you may wear dance shoes if preferred. $50 for five week session or $12/drop-in. Gunnison Arts Centers Dance Studio. Instructor: Tiana Struble.



Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. July 16 – August 13. Never Ever Ballet is for adults who have never taken a dance class before. This will be a perfect introductory course to ballet, the basis of all dance forms. Learn ballet terminology, positions and basic ballet technique. This is a short five-week summer course. If you feel that you need more instruction when this class is over, sign up for the Never Ever Ballet 10 week course in the fall. Dancers must have ballet shoes and wear stretchable dance clothes. $50. Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio. Instructor: Sarah Marvel Wattles.


Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. July 17 – August 14. This class takes the best of both worlds (Yoga and Pilates) and creates a total body, core-powered workout. Keep in shape this summer and get ready for fall dance classes. Lengthen and strengthen your limbs and stomach. Great for all fitness levels, as each exercise can be modified to adjust the degree of difficulty. Low impact and relaxing, but your muscles are gonna burn! Please bring mat, a towel and yoga blocks if you have them. $50. Gunnison Arts Centers Dance Studio. Instructor: Sarah Marvel Wattles.



Mondays, 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. July 14 – August 11. Get your little guy or gal moving in the right direction in this fun early childhood dance class. This class will combine fun movement games with dance technique. Kids will be exposed to rhythm, tempo, direction and ranges of movement as well as getting to free dance! Dancers should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in, no shoes required. Parents are welcome to stay and even join in. $50. Drop in for $12. Gunnison Arts Center’s Dance Studio. Instructor: Heidi Grant. Combo classes are meant to allow younger students to experience many genres of dance. These classes will include one to three dance styles of dance. In combo classes, each type of dance is practiced separately to keep young minds engaged.


Mondays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. July 14 – August 11. This class will focus a half hour on beginning tap and finish with a half hour of basic stretching and tumbling skills and “mat time”. Tap shoes are required. Students must wear stretchable dance clothes. $50. Instructor: Heidi Grant.


Mondays, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. July 14 – August 11. This class will focus a half hour on beginning tap and finish with a half hour of basic stretching and tumbling skills and “mat time”. Tap shoes are required. Students must wear stretchable dance clothes. $50. Instructor: Heidi Grant.


Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. July 16 – August 13. This class will introduce students to beginning ballet techniques and finish with a half hour of fun jazz combinations. Students are required to have ballet shoes and wear stretchable dance clothes. $50. Instructor: Sarah Marvel Wattles.


“AND” Series Art Soirees THE “AND” SERIES IS OUR EVER POPULAR THIRD-THURSDAY ART SOIREE offering you the opportunity to get creative while enjoying an after-hours drink and light appetizers with the Gunnison Arts Center. If you haven’t tried one of the “AND” Series events yet you should…you’ll be surprised at how fun and successful this one three-hour workshop can be!



Join our classic and most popular “AND” Series event for an evening of wine tasting with local wine experts and watercolor painting in the inviting ambiance of the Main Gallery. GAC Staff member and artist, Gail Sovick, will step us through an exciting project using a variety of unique watercolor techniques. No experience is necessary. Bring your friends and make it an evening event. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gunnison Arts Center Main Gallery. Instructor: Gail Sovick.


In this exciting, one-of-a-kind AND Series, local artist Molly Smith will guide you through the spontaneous and lively painting style of Jackson Pollock in the inviting setting of our outdoor courtyard. What a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather - an easy painting project, summer-time drinks and apps, friends and fun. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gunnison Arts Center Main Gallery. Instructor: Molly Smith.


Join professional potter Sheila Anderson in the Clay Studio for an enjoyable evening of clay and good company. Learn how to build and decorate a simple platter with interesting textures and designs while enjoying cocktails recipes from local restaurants. No experience necessary! Pieces will be fired in our kilns and available for pick up two weeks after the event. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio. Instructor: Sheila Anderson.


Adult Art Classes


Tuesdays, June 3 – 24. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 4 weeks. In this class open to all experience levels, instructor Molly Smith will walk students through the process of setting up for and composing a Gunnison landscape oil painting from the ground up. Students will learn about the challenges and rewards of painting in the out of doors. Enjoy the warm summer months, relax and access your creativity at the end of the day! No experience necessary. Painting locations will be within a five mile driving distance from Gunnison, be wheel-chair accessible and have bathrooms. Instructor: Molly Smith. $85 Includes all supplies.


Monday and Tuesday, June 23 – 24. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Learn how to use various online websites to promote your arts or crafts. Students should bring their own laptop (or a friend’s!) that has 10 images of their work on it. By the end of the workshop you will learn how to make and manage a Facebook Artist’s Page, a Twitter account, a Pinterest account, a Tumblr account, and Weebly personal website (which can also be used as a blog!). Leave with basic accounts/websites made and typed instructions on how to edit them into fabulous networking tools. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. $10 for GAC members; $15 for non-GAC members. Instructor: Renita Orellana.


Monday and Tuesday, August 4 & 5. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join local fiber artist Susan Crawford for a fun and social workshop and venture into the world of knitting. Students will learn the essential skills needed to step into more complicated knitting projects. Bring a set of double pointed needles, 2 circular needles (any length) and a 40” circular needle as well as yarn appropriate for the size of needles. A personal notebook or journal is recommended as well. Some yarn will be available for use at no extra charge at the Arts Center. $20. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. Instructor: Susan Crawford.


Monday and Tuesday, August 11 & 12. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn how to design and knit your own hat for those chilly summer evenings. Students are welcome to bring any knitting books or stitch patterns for ideas or may follow those offered in class. Additional supplies students should bring are: yarn enough for a hat, needles for the size of yarn, a tape measure, stitch markers, scissors and crochet hook as well as a notebook and pencil. Needles should be double-pointed and you will need either two circular or one long (40”) circular needle. Students who don’t know how to knit in the round should take the first class in this knitting series. Some yarn will be available for use at no extra charge at the Arts Center. $25. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. Instructor: Susan Crawford.


Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Add texture, pattern and interest to your knitting projects with this fun interlace knitting technique. Students should bring yarn, needles, scissors, a notebook and pencil. Yarn will be available for use at no extra charge at the Arts Center. $25. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. Instructor: Susan Crawford.


Adult Art Classes (cont.)


Wednesdays, July 16, 23 and 30. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Let’s get ready for the August Open Community Art Show in the Upper Gallery! Join this short, three-week workshop to learn how to create small-scale textured and dimensional assemblage and collage wall art piece that celebrates the bicycle. While learning about well know assemblage artists for inspiration, participants will discover how to combine metal, wood, paper, found objects and resin while using stamping, painting and collage techniques in the creation of a finished composition. $65 Includes all supplies. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. Instructor: Gail Sovick.


Tuesdays, August 5, 12 and 19. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 3 weeks. In this class, students will focus on shape, value, color and texture and especially depth of composition while learning the basics of creating a beautiful abstract oil painting on canvas. Using the work of Georgia O’Keefe as inspiration, students will design a composition based on an up-close view of a Colorado Wildflower. $75 Includes all supplies. Gunnison Arts Center Art Studio. Instructor: Molly Smith.


Adult Clay Classes


THIS ADULT CLAY CLASS, OPEN TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS of all ability and experience levels, is designed to be a flexible, individually-tailored class where students come together to begin or further their skills in working with clay. Bring in your own ideas for pieces you would like to create, or get inspiration and ideas from fellow students and instructors. The world of clay is wide open, and this is your chance to get involved, get creative, and have fun while crafting beautiful, handmade works of art! The sky is the limit – hand building, wheel-throwing, and sculpting are all options for you to explore in this relaxed, friendly and supportive environment. Join for a single session, or link sessions together to build a full summer of study. First Session: Wednesdays, June 11, 18, 25. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. $75 Includes all supplies. Instructor: Shannon Lowry. Second Session: Thursdays, July 24, 31, August 7, 14. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. $90 Includes all supplies. Instructor: Sheila Anderson.


IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN TO THROW A BOWL or form on the potter’s wheel on your own schedule and in a one-on-one environment, give us a call! We can arrange private lessons with our instructors and provide all of the supplies you’ll need to get started. Call for pricing. Month-to-Month Independent Study in the Clay Studio The Independent Study option is offered to adult students who have completed a full semester of classes in our Clay Studio and are interested in continuing to work on their own. The cost is $60/month for access to the clay center during our open business hours. The student purchases their own clay by the bag for $25 which includes the firings and glazes for whatever is produced with that clay. Call to see if this might be a good fit for you!

WEDNESDAYS AT WESTERN ART COURSES AT THE GUNNISON ARTS CENTER WEDNESDAYS AT WESTERN PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES for Gunnison visitors and residents to spend a day learning about the Gunnison Valley while enjoying a creative, hands-on project. No experience is needed. Register online at or by calling (970) 943-2885.

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Crafting With Clay (first session) $20 Karen Immerso 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Crafting With Clay (second session) $20 Karen Immerso 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Watercolor Westerns $15 Gail Sovick 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Acrylic Birds $15 Gail Sovick 1:00 –3:30 p.m. Watercolor Pencil Landscapes $15 Gail Sovick 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Acrylic and Mixed-Media Wildflowers $15 Gail Sovick 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Crafting With Clay (first session) $20 Sheila Anderson 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Crafting With Clay (second session) $20 Sheila Anderson 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Oil and Abstracts $15 Gail Sovick 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Kid’s Art Classes


Every Wednesday, June 11 – August 20. Ages 4-6 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Ages 7-13 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Featuring a new vand unique project each week, kids will have the opportunity to get hands-on with creative lessons ranging from sun-painting and outdoor splatter-painting, to recycled collages and pointillism pets. Wild Wednesdays classes are designed to tap into your child’s creativity and imagination through intentionally planned, process-based activities. Instructor: Renita Orellana. DATE JUNE 11 JUNE 18 JUNE 25 JULY 2 JULY 9 JULY 16 JULY 23 JULY 30 AUGUST 6 AUGUST 13 AUGUST 20

4-6 YEAR OLDS Outdoor Sun-Painted T-Shirts Play Clay Creations Jackson Pollock Splatter Paintings Pointillism Pets Home Made Instruments Sparkly Rock Insects Chinese Money Trees Colorful Stained Glass Window Panes Crazy Hair Self Portraits Mighty Jungle Scratch Art Modern Art Geometrics

7-13 YEAR OLDS Outdoor Sun-Painted T-Shirts Magical Magnets Jackson Pollock Splatter Paintings Pointillism Pets Recycled Vintage Book Boxes Watercolor Wilderness Paintings Cowboy Dioramas Glass Bottle Night Lights Crazy Hair Self Portraits Spray Paint Collage Silhouettes Modern Art Geometrics


Every Wenesday, June 11 – August 20. Ages 2-3 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. The focus of this curriculum is building a foundation of creativity in early childhood through manipulating, playing and experimenting with art materials and forms. Every class will include 3-4 mini-lessons that introduce toddlers to a wider range of engaging activities and fundamental art experiences such as molding, cutting, gluing, spreading, painting, marking, stamping, building, and more. Instructor: Gail Sovick.

PRICING OPTIONS Punch Cards Apply to all Wild Wednesdays classes and all age groups Punch cards may be shared and/or used for more than one student per class.

3 Punch Card: $25 • 6 Punch Card: $45 • 8 Punch Card: $60 • 11 Punch Card: $80 • Drop in $10



Monday – Friday, July 28 – August 1. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Final Film Showing (for parents, friends, family and the public), Friday 2:00 p.m. *Students must bring a sack lunch Cost: $145/student Do not miss this opportunity for making animated films with Colorado Mesa University Professor, Katie Hadar-Meade. Students will learn the fundamentals of animation, which is the most basic form of filmmaking. Using traditional stop animation, basic drawing, film, and photography students will each bring a short story to life. Students will also be introduced to basic story structure, acting and directing for film, editing and scoring. Each story will be scored with basic to advanced sound. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and students will learn to work together to help one another complete their visions. No experience is needed – all levels welcome! Students will need to bring a basic digital camera (Smart phones work very well. Advanced camera systems are great and can be brought at the discretion of parents/guardians). Strongly suggested, but not required are a laptop (Macs preferred) and software including iMovie, iPhoto, or similar programs. All campers will have the opportunity to see their film included in a showing at the Crested Butte Film Festival (Sepember 25 – 28, 2014)! Katie grew up in the mountains building forts and saving animals, even when they didn’t need it. Katie captures stories with paint, film, photography and words. She has worked both in the US and abroad; she likes the mountains the best. Katie is interested in incorporating wide-open western spaces into contemporary medias such as animation, installation and film. Katie currently teaches at Colorado Mesa University in the Graphic Design program.


Kids Clay Classes


First Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10 – 26. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. $75 Second Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 15 – August 7. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. $85 This class is open to kids who want to have fun with clay and learn how to make masks, mugs, plates and sculptures using creative slab, pinch and coil techniques. Instructor: Christa Wolfe.


First Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10 – 26. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. $110 Second Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 15 – August 7. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. $125 In this class kids will learn hand building skills to create pinch and coil pots, mugs, piggy banks, vases and bowls. We will also try throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel. Instructor: Christa Wolfe.


First Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10 – 26. 3:00– 5:00 p.m. $125 Second Session: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 15 – August 7. 3:00– 5:00 p.m. $140 This class includes a combination of more challenging hand building and wheel throwing projects. Students will learn different decorative applications including the use of colored slips and under glazes. Instructor: Christa Wolfe.

Paint Your Own Pottery Every Friday, June 20 - August 22. 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

JOIN US FOR WALK-IN GLAZING SESSIONS, or call us to schedule your own private party or event here in the Clay Studio or at the place of your choice. We have an extensive catalog and can order specialty items for any holiday or event. Great for birthday parties or group activities. Our staff will be here to help you with ideas and make sure you go home with a great keepsake or gift. Prices vary depending on the piece you choose; $5 - $45. No sitting fee; all supplies and instruction are included in the price of the item. Please allow one week for work to be kiln fired and ready for pick-up.


Customize Your Art Experience PRIVATE ART LESSONS & ART PARTIES Is there an art form you’ve been interested in trying but you’d prefer to learn it in a smaller setting…or perhaps you don’t see it offered here? We can set you up with private lessons in a variety of art mediums such as oil painting, sewing, knitting, Precious Metal Clay, jewelry-making and more. Give us a call and we can discuss your interests and needs. Consider an afternoon of Art, Clay, Dance, or Paint Your Own Pottery for your next birthday, ladies night, or employee appreciation party.

Thank Yous THANK YOU TO… OUR REMARKABLE, HARD WORKING BOARD OF DIRECTORS… The Gunnison Arts Center would not be the success it is without this team of distinguished community members who freely give of their time and energy to ensure that the Arts thrive in Gunnison. OUR THOUGHTFUL AND INFLUENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL… This panel of prominent and long standing Gunnison community members provides much appreciated advice, support and ideas for the security and cultivation of our future success. OUR LONG SERVING, TIRELESS VOLUNTEERS… These extraordinary individuals have been a part of the Gunnison Arts Center team for years. We cannot thank them enough for the selfless giving which is so fundamental to our past and continued success. OUR GENEROUS AND COMMITTED DONORS AND SPONSORS... We would not be able to do what we do without the foundation of local businesses, organizations and individuals who continue to support us and believe in what we do.

Proud Sponsor of the Arts!

Carlie Kenton

Director of Operations 960.641.4029 ex. 15

Gail Sovick

Visual Arts Manager 960.641.4029 ex. 11

Alysa VandenHeuvel

Performing Arts Manager 960.641.4029 ex. 10 23


Gunnison Arts Center Summer Catalog  
Gunnison Arts Center Summer Catalog