Center Stage: Weekly Arts Update

December 12—18, 2013

Classes
18 Paint Your Own Pottery
If you’re looking for a truly unique gift to give this holiday season, consider putting your mark on a clean slate of pottery and come to a special Paint Your Own Pottery Holiday session. The Art Studio has an array of pieces you can paint including ornaments, mugs, bowls, holiday decor and more, all priced to suit your budget. Pot-tery will be ready for pick-up on Friday, December December 20. Cost depends on the piece you choose to paint. Prices range from $4 – $50. The Art Studio is located at 111 Elk Avenue

Fridays Aerial Dance Conditioning
Climbing, flipping upside-down, and holding yourself in challeng-ing positions in the air are all things you will work on in Aerial Conditioning. Participants will build amazing overall body strength in this class by using the lyra and aerial fabric as well as floor exercises including handstand conditioning and stretching. Aerial Conditioning focuses on balancing strength, flexibility, functionality and ease of movement. Open to ages 15 – adult. All levels and “never-evers” are welcome to join in this great way to build strength and confidence for aerial dance class sessions. No class February 18. $15 for same day Aerial Condition and Open Aerial combo. Instructor: Rotating. Fridays through April 1, 2014. 7:30—8:15 a.m. $10 / class

Fridays Open Aerial Dance
Practice and perfect the skills you’ve learned in class sessions at Open Aerial with access to lyra and silks. This supervised aerial practice time features free time without instruction. This is a time to perfect what you already know, not to learn new things. Partici-pants must have been enrolled in a full session of CB Dance Col-lective’s Beginner Aerial classes during the last 12 months or re-ceived prior approval from CBDC. No class February 18. $15 for same day Aerial Condition and Open Aerial combo. Supervisor: Rotating. Fridays through April 1, 2014, 8:15 – 9:00 a.m., $10 / class

The Piper Gallery
The Piper Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and for ticket holders during shows.
Allan Ivy: “Gypsy Portraits”
Local professional photographer and owner of the Open Your Eyes Gallery in Gunnison, Allan Ivy exhibits a special show of por-traits of the Romany and Gypsy people of the Appleby Horse Fair in Westmoreland, England. Appleby is the largest traditional horse fair of its kind in the world, established by Charter under the reign of James II in 1685. It has been an annual event since that time and is one of the largest remaining gatherings of Romany and Gypsy people. From 2004 to 2007 Allan gained coveted entry to the Ap-pleby camp on four separate occasions, befriending many of the travelers who arrive in traditional horse drawn wagons. The mag-nificent results are intimate and vivid portraits of the Gypsy and Romany people, spectacular depictions of horse washing, and a grand pictorial preservation of one of Britain’s great traditions. Free

The Art Studio
The Art Studio, a satellite campus of the Center for the Arts, is located at
111 Elk Avenue in Crested Butte. Contact: (970) 349-7044; [email protected]

Paint Your Own Pottery
The Art Studio is open for painting pottery throughout the winter every Wednesday from 2—6 p.m. Please allow one full week for pottery to be fired, or if you will be leaving town before your pot-tery is ready, we have an option to ship. Prices range from $4 to $50.

Private Art Lessons
In addition to our regularly scheduled visual arts classes and workshops at The Art Studio, we also offer private art lessons for both children and adults in a variety of mediums. Based on your interests, we will match you with the appropriate instructor who is trained in the medium of your choice. View bios of our instructors and options for lesson types online.

Art Events & Parties
The Art Studio on Elk Avenue is an ideal place for a fun, intimate, and creative party or event. Throw a birthday party for adults or children, host a ladies’ night, schedule a bridal or baby shower, and get creative! Paint pottery, take a group drawing lesson, learn watercolor, or go out to shoot photos with a pro.

Shared Artist’s Space
The Art Studio has a full ceramics studio, with wheels, kilns, wedging tables, tools, and work storage space. Ceramicists are invited to become a member of the studio, or as we call it, The Shared Artist’s Space (SAS). SAS Membership Includes: access to studio space seven days a week by key code entry; personal stor-age for art supplies, tools, clay, and works in progress; access to potter’s wheels, slab roller, wedging table, and basic ceramics tools and supplies; use of our kiln; access to a community of artists; and the potential to show and sell your work at ASCA (must apply and be accepted). Although SAS is great for potters, artists working in any medium are welcome. Membership is $65 per month. No minimum contract.

COMING UP SOON
Music
21 Blackalicious
Considered lords of the West Coast Underground, Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ / producer Chief Xcel). Gift of Gab, known as hip hops premier lyricist, flashes intellectually bent tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, and complex rhymes rife with allu-sion, metaphor and internal rhymes, while Chief Xcel’s classic, funky beats hold down the groove. Blackalicious favors what hip-hoppers call the “positive tip” where lyrics are spiritual and uplift-ing rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric. Yet, for them, spirituality is a big part of the group’s music. They treat their rhymes not only as a piece of poetry, but as a play with the aesthetics of language in ways that represent the voice as a unique instrument in and of itself. 9 p.m. $15 early bird / $20 week of

30 The Delta Saints
There is something sinisterly devout about the Delta Saints bayou rock – a dirty, grinding roots revival harnessing the brackish delta current into something gripping and bold. Alternating between raucous melodies and slow-burning odes to the devil, Ben Ringel (vocals / dobro), Dylan Fitch (guitar), David Supica (bass), and Ben Azzi (drums) haunt the stage with searing harmonica, howl-ing vocals, swaggering bass lines and a blazing guitar riffs, eerily punctuated with cacophonous New Orleans-inspired choruses.

The Delta Saints are blooming into their musical career not as a pretty flower might, but more like a feral thunderhead. First find-ing their common ground as old-world-loving, good-bourbon-swilling musicians in Nashville, their tours now include festivals such as Wakarusa, juke joints such as the House of Blues, and live shows from L.A. to Sweden, supporting the likes of Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The music beckons, commands, sways and magnetizes you through irreverent briny narratives and a sometimes dark emotional landscape that makes you dance all the harder. 8 p.m. $10 early bird / $15 week of.

Film
19 Into the Mind
From the creators of the award winning skiing film “All.I.Can,” Sherpas Cinema is proud to present their newest ski and snow-boarding film, Into The Mind. With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques, the Sherpas blur the lines between dream state and reality, immersing you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices. As you experience the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind. How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?
7 p.m. $10 at the door

Classes
27 Winter Wonderland Photography
Wondering how to take great winter photos? Capture the incredi-ble morning winter light in Crested Butte during this workshop that focuses on using the manual settings of digital cameras. Tak-ing a good photo starts with the mechanics of the camera and con-tinues with composition, depth of field, focus, aperture, light, pat-tern, texture, mood, subject matter and rules of exposure. Learn the basics of the digital camera and photographic principles such as aperture, shutter speed and depth of field as well as the creativ-ity and composition needed to make compelling digital images. Beginner and intermediate. Instructor: Rebecca Ofstedahl. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $40

31 Unraveling Visual Art
Join artist and Art Studio instructor Suzanne Pierson for a guided tour through Crested Butte’s “ArtWalk, Art Mediums and the World of the Visual.” Have questions about what you are viewing when walking into an art gallery? Lack the background knowl-edge to answer them? This class is for you! In this unique “art ap-preciation” class and tour, participants have the opportunity to learn about various art techniques, mediums, styles, and ap-proaches in order to gain a better understanding of what they are looking at when viewing art. The first hour and a half is spent at The Art Studio viewing art, answering questions, and learning about the world of the visual. The last hour is a guided tour through ArtWalk, where students have the opportunity to apply their newfound appreciation to what they are viewing on the walls Crested Butte’s fine art galleries. 3:30 – 6 p.m. $15

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