Poetry Slam goes multilingual this year

March 9, 2015  

Flyer for CMC Breckenridge's annual Poetry SlamA beloved Summit County literary tradition is less than a month away, so it’s time for local poets to prepare for Colorado Mountain College’s eighth annual Poetry Slam on March 26.

The slam gives local poets a venue to present their works (either memorized or read) to fellow poetry aficionados. The rules are minimal:
– The poem must be your own.
– The poem must be three minutes or less in length.
– Presenting poets are not allowed any props except for a folder.
– Poems must be presented solo – no group pieces or music.

This year, poems in Spanish are encouraged – or any language, though all poems must be translated to English. And if you’d like to attend a writing lab prior to the slam, two workshops, from 2-4 p.m. on Mondays at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and Wednesdays at Colorado Mountain College in Dillon, are available.

The college’s eighth annual Poetry Slam is on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Road. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Joyce Mosher or Mark Palz at the college at 453-6757 or go to http://bit.ly/1AcrCQW.

– See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/poetry-slam-goes-multilingual-this-year/#more-19755

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Photography Students Exhibit 2015

Flyer for photo show.Professional Photography Students’ Show

Opening reception Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8pm

The CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs is hosting an exhibit of wide-ranging photographic works by Colorado Mountain College professional photography students March 6-April 28.

Because the college’s professional photography program encourages its students to develop their own ways of seeing, the show’s common denominator is the high quality of the photographic explorations in each image.

The photos range from award winners in the College Photographer of the Year competition; to journalistic, commercial and art prints; to unusual portraits and reflections on the human spirit. The college’s professional photography program is under the umbrella of CMC’s Isaacson School for New Media.

The exhibit will be on display through April 28 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery at 802 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs. An opening reception is set for Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The CMC ArtShare Gallery winter hours are weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 970-947-8367.

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Empty Bowls soon to be filled at Grand River’s Meals on Wheels event

CMC, Grand River Health form partnership for fundraising on March 11

empty bowls potter

Two entities in the Rifle community are preparing to raise funds while providing students opportunities to use their artistic and culinary skills for a worthy cause.

Organizers are busy getting ready for the March for Meals “Empty Bowls” Lunch event on March 11 at the Grand River Café at Grand River Health. The fundraiser – which provides a handcrafted bowl to keep, soup to fill it, bread and beverages in exchange for a $20 donation – raises money for the Grand River Meals on Wheels program. It’s being coordinated by staff from Grand River Health, and faculty and students from Colorado Mountain College in Rifle (see breakout box).

The idea for the collaboration started with Michelle McCurdy, an adjunct ceramics instructor at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. Now, she and fellow ceramics faculty and students are busy making 100 ceramic bowls that will soon be filled with hot soup.

“I mentioned it, and it has taken on a life of its own,” said McCurdy. “Now, we’re busy creating beautiful bowls for the event.”

The hot soup will be made in Grand River Health’s kitchen by nine local students from Rifle and Coal Ridge high schools. The students are in CMC’s concurrent enrollment culinary arts program. As part of their internships at Grand River Hospital’s kitchen, on March 11 they’ll work in teams with two of Grand River’s chefs and CMC chef instructor for the dual enrollment class. The students receive both high school and college credit for their culinary arts studies and internships at Grand River Health.

“I love how CMC ceramics students are making the bowls and CMC culinary arts students are making the soups,” said Kaaren Peck, the director of volunteer services and Meals on Wheels at Grand River Health. “It seems to perfectly bring together many seemingly disconnected pieces.”

Although the fundraiser is a locally focused effort, it’s based on national and international models. Across the country and around the world, Meals on Wheels and the Empty Bowls Project conduct ongoing events to raise money and bring awareness about hunger issues and provide funds to food distribution efforts.

What: March for Meals “Empty Bowls” Luncheon

A fundraising partnership with Colorado Mountain College-Rifle’s ceramics and culinary students for Grand River Meals on Wheels

When: 11:11 a.m. to 1:11 p.m. on March 11

Where: Grand River Café, 501 Airport Road, Rifle

How much: $20 includes a student-crafted ceramic bowl and soup lunch prepared by

Colorado Mountain College culinary arts students

Why: To raise money for Grand River Meals on Wheels, and to bring public awareness to those confronting hunger

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New CMC Exhibit at Glenwood Springs Library

Photojournalist, CMC instructor’s photo exhibit at Glenwood Springs Branch Library

"Pamela" by Colorado Mountain College instructor Klaus Kocher.

Photographs by noted photojournalist Klaus Kocher are on exhibit at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library beginning Feb. 24. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the library.

Kocher, who is on the faculty of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College, teaches photo history, composition, wet darkroom and photojournalism. His photos reflect his international upbringing. Born in Santiago, Chile, to his Swiss father and Dominican mother, he has lived in the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Germany and Mexico.

The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is at 815 Cooper Ave. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the library at 945-5958 or go to gcpld.org for more information.

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Just try not to have fun at upcoming Swing Je T’aime concert

Colorado Mountain College presents lively ‘community music’ Feb. 20. By Carrie Click

Swing Je T'aime is coming to CMC in Rifle. Photo Kendra Gaines

By this time, winter may be getting you down, but an upcoming live concert at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is sure to pick up the spirits of even the most ornery among us. Not only that – the concert is free and Grand River Health is sponsoring a complementary post-concert reception.

Swing Je T’aime will perform in the Clough Auditorium at CMC’s campus in Rifle from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Swing Je T’aime is a Denver-based group that features a six-piece band and female vocalist. If you like the music of the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, you’ll enjoy the music of Swing Je T’aime. And if Reinhardt’s name doesn’t ring a bell, give it a try – gypsy jazz is among the most accessible forms of jazz. And if you know how to swing dance, all the better.

“I chose them because I love gypsy swing music, and thought that the people in Rifle would love them too,” said Alice Beauchamp, CMC ArtShare director, who books concerts and arranges art exhibits and cultural events at the college’s 11 locations.

Beauchamp was right. It turns out that this is a return gig for Swing Je T’aime in Rifle.

“After booking them, I found out that they have played for the Rifle summer concert series,” Beauchamp said. “People loved them and asked that they return someday.”

The group describes itself as “gypsy jazz, Parisian swing, American swing and a dash of Brazilian,” and is a favorite at Front Range venues such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. They’ve also played around the state including shows in Crested Butte, Beaver Creek and Pueblo, and will be touring Europe later this spring.

“Gypsy jazz is community music,” said Aaron Walker, the group’s director and guitarist. “It’s the farthest thing from the academic, abstract jazz that we find in clubs today. Rather, it’s a pleasing blend of folk music from around the globe.”

Walker, in contrast to his group’s non-academic focus, received his master’s degree in music composition and theory from the University of Northern Colorado. He founded Swing Je T’aime in 2009, which currently includes vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, fiddle, reeds (clarinet and saxophone), bass and percussion.

They’ll take the stage at the Clough Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle, 3695 Airport Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20. The concert is sponsored by Chevron. For more information about the concert, contact Beauchamp at 947-8367 or go to http://coloradomtn.edu/event/swing-je-taime-concert/.

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Chevron and CMC present!

Swing Je taime EntryPoster

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Sopris Theatre Company

‘The Women of Lockerbie’ shows that love can come from hate

Poster for Sopris Theatre's production of 'The Women of Lockerbie'The next production of Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College, formerly CMC Theatre, illustrates the kindness which can come from a horrific act.

“The Women of Lockerbie” is a play based on the actual 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Wendy S. Moore, the play introduces a grieving American mother who scours the Scottish countryside searching for her son’s remains. There, she meets Scottish women from Lockerbie, and they go through the grieving process together.

Season producers are Jim and Connie Calaway; associate producers of “The Women of Lockerbie” are Kelly and Jim Cleaver, Sharon Anderson and Alex De la Garza, and Debra and Lon Winston. Curtain is 7 p.m. on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 19-21, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs – Spring Valley, 3000 County Road 114. Tickets are $15/adults; $10/CMC students, staff, faculty and seniors.

Contact 947-8177 or svtickets@coloradomtn.edu for tickets or go to bit.ly/1wcGFsb for more information.

– See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/#sthash.F7Br3A8R.dpuf

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The George and Patti Stranahan Collection on Exhibit at CMC Edwards

Marilyn Monroe,  by Milton Green

Marilyn Monroe,
by Milton Green

Alessandro, Rome,  by Marsha Burns

Alessandro, Rome,
by Marsha Burns

Noted Stranahan Collection of photos at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards will host a free opening reception on Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the George and Patti Stranahan Collection, an exhibit of black-and-white photographs from some of the finest photographers of the 20th century. Esteemed works by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe and Edward Weston are among the more than 61 photographers represented in the exhibit.

The Stranahans, who live in the Carbondale area, have a longtime interest in the arts, philanthropy and education. They have collected these photographs over many decades, and want this collection to be seen by students and community members that Colorado Mountain College serves within its 12,000-square-mile service area. The exhibit will remain at the Edwards campus through April 29.

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards is at 150 Miller Ranch Road. Contact CMC ArtShare Director Alice Beauchamp at 970-947-8367 or abeauchamp@coloradomtn.edu, or visit cmcartshare/Stranahan-collection for more information. For information on days and times the building is open, please call the CMC-Edwards front desk at 569-2900.



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“Less Is More: Sustainable Art and New Media in a Culture of Excess”

Photograph by Daniel Workman, CMC Photography Student

Photograph by Daniel Workman, CMC Photography Student

‘Less Is More’ in Aspen

CMC students, staff, faculty express what sustainability means to them

By, Carrie Click

At a time when more people are talking about sustainability and reducing humans’ impact on the environment, an upcoming exhibit at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen is focusing on these principles through artistic interpretation.

In “Less Is More: Sustainable Art and New Media in a Culture of Excess,” exhibit curator and Colorado Mountain College art instructor K Rhynus Cesark has gathered nonjuried work from approximately 25 Colorado Mountain College students, faculty and staff from throughout the college’s nine-county service area.

Colorado Mountain College offers a bachelor’s degree in sustainable studies at several campuses, though the exhibit’s contributors come from not only those locations but from other campuses as well.

“We have participants from Aspen, Spring Valley, Rifle, Steamboat, Leadville and Breckenridge,” said Rhynus. “This call for entries has encouraged dialogue between students and faculty, and faculty to faculty, [about] creating work that is sustainable with regards to the materials and practices used, as well as the concepts that the artwork addresses.”

‘Range of interpretations’

In the initial call for entries for the exhibit, Rhynus posed the question, “What does it look like to live simply and with less in our culture of ‘more’?” Participants have answered this question through their artwork, and also through a written explanation about how their work addresses the “less is more” question.

“There’s a broad range of interpretation,” Rhynus said of the submitted work and the writing.

There are black-and-white photos: one of a sparse landscape with more sky than land, and one of Costa Rican children standing in line in a slum with plates and spoons in their hands, and another of a diner wearing a hazmat suit while eating at a fast food restaurant. There’s a sculpture made from dog bones, a wreath made of plastic toys.

Christine Anderson, a painting instructor known for her large-scale figurative paintings, submitted a piece she calls “Plastic Fish Dinner,” of fish made of discarded plastic containers hanging from borrowed fishing poles leaning against one of the gallery’s walls.

“The theme pushed her to think outside her creative comfort zone,” Rhynus said. “I enjoy seeing artists push outside that zone.”

Excess in Aspen

Rhynus, who teaches at the college’s campus in Aspen, said she believes it’s an ideal place to present a show that delves into a “less is more” theme, even though some aspects of the area – such as enormous, expensive homes – can be materialistically excessive.

“I feel there are many Aspen residents who dedicate themselves and their businesses to address and adhere to the importance of sustainability,” Rhynus said. “I feel this concerns everyone, regardless of income bracket or demographics. To some this might seem like a contradiction in terms – hosting ‘Less Is More’ here in Aspen – but I don’t agree. I feel it’s a perfect fit.”

“Less Is More: Sustainable Art and New Media in a Culture of Excess” opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen, 255 Sage Way, at the Aspen Airport Business Center.

The show runs through March 31, though those who want to see the exhibit are strongly advised to call 925-7740 first to make sure a class or other event is not in session in the gallery. For additional information, contact Alice Beauchamp, CMC ArtShare director, at 947-8367 or visit cmcartshare.com.




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ArtShare Gallery to Exhibit Alix Knipe

"Language of Lost and Found" / 30 x 20"

“Language of Lost and Found” / 30 x 20″

‘Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe’ opens on Jan. 9 at CMC ArtShare Gallery

Internationally recognized ceramic artist Alix Knipe will be the focus of “Traces of Place: Sculpture by Alix Knipe,” a solo exhibit of her work, opening Jan. 9 at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Based in Carbondale, Knipe has taught ceramic arts at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and Aspen. She has received numerous academic and fine arts scholarships and awards, among them a Fulbright research fellowship studying pottery in Turkey and a graduate student fellowship studying ceramics in Burma.

Knipe’s exhibit opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 9. The show runs through Feb. 27. CMC ArtShare Gallery, 802 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Note that the gallery is closed Christmas Day (and the afternoon before) and New Year’s Day (and the afternoon before). For more information, call 947-8367 or visit cmcartshare.com.

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