Center Stage: Weekly Arts Update – Week of February 6 – 12, 2014

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9 Royal Southern Brotherhood
In the South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Enter the iconic Cyril Neville – poet, philosopher and percussion master – the youngest of the four immortal Neville Brothers giving rise to both his family band as well as The Meters. Add Devon Allman on guitar, son of Gregg Allman, who has relented to his Southern heritage of soul-drenched blues-rock, bending it to be smooth, savage or seismic and always at full-throttle. Winner of 2010’s Blues Music Award for “Song of the Year,” guitarist Mike Zito provides the counterpoint to his wing-man’s rocking tendencies. The hip-shaking groove are bassist Charlie Wooton (who has played with the Woods Brothers) and drummer Yonrico Scott (who has hit the skins for the Derek Trucks Band). The result is tumbling three-part harmonies, hickory-smoked guitar riffs and two family styles stewing together in one super-spicy gumbo. 8:00 p.m. $20. At the Center at 606 Sixth Street.

12 & 13 Leftover Salmon
Festivaaaal! The band is back. After an eight-year hiatus and the release of Aquatic Hitchhiker in 2012 that explores new sonic territory and is one of the best Americana albums of the year, Leftover Salmon swims back to its ancestral waters of Crested Butte, home of their first ever show. Formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1989, Left-over Salmon was one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, making them a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. Brandishing both acoustic and electric guitar, bass and banjo they are: Vince Herman (guitar, mandolin); Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, man-dola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (bass, guitar); Jose Martinez (drums, percussion). “This is one fish that has only gotten better with age.” Fiery solos and elements of country, bluegrass, jazz and jam rock combine into a heady mix of feel-good tunes – and some that carry a hefty mes-sage, as well,” says CMT. Looking back over the past 25 years, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. 8:00 p.m. $35. At the Center at 606 Sixth Street.

6—27 Introduction to Linoleum Block Printmaking
In this four week class, become introduced to the process of linoleum block printmaking. Create three carved linoleum blocks with a small edition of prints from each. For inspiration, explore a brief history of woodblock and linoleum block printing. During the final class, experiment with our block prints on variety of papers and surfaces, and incorporate mixed media. Art experience is helpful, but not necessary. Instructor: Ivy Walker. Classes meet Thursdays. 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. $85 + $30 materials. At the Art Studio at 111 Elk Avenue.

8 Photoshop Basics for Visual Art
Learn the skills you need to play with Photoshop. Generate multi-ples quickly and easily to expand your own concepts. Build confi-dence in your intuition and create visual poetry. Laura Elm com-bines mixed media as a pivotal method in her own work and shares her years of experience with digital illustration and photog-raphy. She has tons of tips on manipulating colors and filters, as well as printing on fabrics and alternate materials. Private instruc-tion is also available. Instructor: Laura Elm. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $75 + $20 materials. At the Art Studio at 111 Elk Avenue.

Fridays Aerial Dance Conditioning
Climbing, flipping upside-down, and holding yourself in challenging 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. At the Center at 606 Sixth Street.

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.
Participants must have been enrolled in a full session of CB Dance Collective’s Beginner Aerial classes during the last 12 months or received 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. At the Center at 606 Sixth Street.

Wednesdays Paint Your Own Pottery
Drop in to open painting hours or make an appointment for par-ties or special events. Pottery is ready for pick-up on Fridays, or if you’re leaving town before your pottery is ready, we have an option to ship. 2—6 p.m. Prices range from $4 to $50. At the Art Studio at 111 Elk

Artist & Gallery Events
Stupendous and Small Gallery Show
See the latest “Stupendous and Small” Art Show featuring hand-made small and gift-able works of art created by local Crested Butte artists. Mary Tuck’s work is a combination of acrylic painted river rocks with portraits of wildlife and an eclectic collection of set stone and precious metal clay (PMC) jewelry. Laura Elm’s work is populated by Creatures of Habit, Fairy God Monsters, Glitter Moons and Smiley Cats on pottery, in sculptures, and on handmade collaged cards. Suzanne Pierson’s work is a collection of small watercolor and acrylic paintings depicting our local mountain vistas; and Frank Pavkov’s work is a combination of stunning stained glass pieces and beautiful watercolor paintings of outdoor locations throughout the country. At the Art Studio at 111 Elk Avenue.

Through February 12 Joseph Newton
Joseph Newton has been deaf most of his life. This experience has taught him to learn by what he sees. He considers the camera a tool in which he document time and space. In his recent show, “Did You Know…” the image can be simultaneously beautiful and ugly, what was new and shiny one day might be worn and decom-posed the next, but each image has a speech to make. His abstract work makes each image a mystery. He uses each print as a paint-ing, a sculpture, or a storybook, using the imagination of the viewer’s eye. The finished product is the quality of contrast, tex-ture and color that draws the viewer into an experience rather than a fleeting expression. Free. At the Piper Gallery of the Center for the Arts at 606 Sixth Street, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and for ticket holders during shows.

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;

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 storage 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.

19 The Duhks
One of the most musically adventurous groups to detonate from the roots scene in the past decade, this Canadian acoustic band romps through soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country, string-band, zydeco, jazz, Irish dance, and even punk, all energetically delivered with wild-eyed inven-tion and spine-rattling groove. Hailed by The New York Times as artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, The Duhks blend these seemingly disparate genres into an irresistible ethnic stew that is simultaneously hauntingly traditional and innovatively modern. Having won the Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album and a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, The Duhks have earned admirers as diverse as David Crosby, Dolly Parton and Doc Watson. Two of their five albums were produced by the likes of Bela Fleck and Tim O’Brien. The Duhks are Sarah Dugas (vocals), Christian Dugas (percussion), Jordan McConnell (guitar), Leonard Podolak (banjo) and Duncan Wickel (violin). 8 p.m. $20. At the Center at 606 Sixth Street.

14 Valentine’s Swing Night
Looking for a romantic and fun way to make Valentine’s Day un-forgettable this year? Learn how to impress your sweetheart by twirling around the dance floor at this introductory partner Swing Dance class. The cash bar will be open at the Center for the Arts, making this the perfect after dinner Valentine’s date. Don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day yet? Even better! No partner is necessary for this event and who knows… maybe you’ll meet that special someone dancing the night away! This event sells out quick, so pre-registration is encouraged. Instructor: Pat Addabbo. Friday, February 14, 8 – 10 p.m. $15 / individual, $25 / couple. At the Center for the Arts at 606 6th Street.

February 15 Winter Ski-Accessed Plein Air Watercolor Painting
Join an enthusiastic, energetic group of creative art lovers this winter in these exciting drop-in painting sessions.
Embarking on the Red Lady lift, ski to a scenic location on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s ski area to learn plein air watercolor painting using watercolor mixed with a secret ingredient to keep it from freezing. Receive instruction and inspiration in the intricacies of landscape watercolor painting outdoors in a winter wonderland. Learn basic watercolor techniques and skills or build on the ones you already possess. Come to just one class, or join us for all five! Bring your own supplies (inquire for list), or purchase what you need from the instructor. Beginner to advanced skiers and painters are all welcome. Instructor: Suzanne Pierson. Classes meet Satur-days February 15 & 22 and March 1, 8 & 15, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. $200 for five sessions. Saturday, February 15, 12 – 2:30 p.m. $45. At the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts at 111 Elk Avenue.

Artist & Gallery Events
February 14 Artist Reception – Suzanne Pierson & Becky Chappell
In this “A SweetheART Show” Suzanne Pierson and Becky Chappell display hearts full with infinite inspiration of beautiful Colo-rado blue skies and powdery slopes for this special show just in time for Valentine’s Day. For Suzanne, find these wide-eyed views of wonderment captured in a series of table sculptures; watercolor and acrylic paintings on canvas and wood; and images on rare antique wooden ironing boards. Becky exhibits her passion through oil, watercolors, pastels, acrylics and scratchboard. Fall in love with these two local artists showcasing their cumulative decades in embracing the world of visual arts. Artist Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free. Show runs February 14 – 28. At the Piper Gallery of the Center for the Arts at 606 Sixth Street, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and for ticket holders during shows.

Just for Kids
February 16 Mysto the Magi
Mysto the Magi’s magical shows are first and foremost fun – with lots of group participation and hilarious antics that will have you belly laughing. Full of mystery, illusion and family-friendly comedy, the show features never before seen tricks as well as all-time favorites plucked exclusively for the Crested Butte audience from Mysto’s 20-plus years of mystifying entertainment. Whether you’re three or 83 you’ll be “wowed” by this award-winning entertainer, host, and showman performing his best magic with warmth and charm. Mysto began his magical career at the ripe age of 12 performing at birthday parties. Maturing into an adult he has toured from street and renaissance festivals to Hollywood movies and performing arts centers. His talent has won him awards such as Best Stage Magician and Best Close up Magician. Come be Mysto-fied! Sunday, February 16, 4 p.m. $12 (adults), $8 (kids 12 & under), $25 Family Pack (1 Adult + 2 Kids). At the Center for the Arts at 606 Sixth Street.

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