North Fork Art:

Art Scene Thrives at Blue Sage—Rain, Sun, or Snow

[March 2020 | By Laura Lee Yates]

Polly Letofsky.    Courtesy image.

It’s been a long, busy winter in the North Fork where the art scene thrives, sun or snow. The Blue Sage Concert Series continues in March and April (is that really spring in the Rockies?) with two more stellar offerings. On Saturday, March 15, cellist Hannah Collins and percussionist Michael Compitello of New Morse Code present another innovative program of modern music, while Quarteto Nuevo merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin, and jazz on Saturday, April 4. Both concerts begin at 7:30 P.M.

A new exhibit opens in the Blue Sage Gallery on Final Friday, March 27, featuring eco-art created by Hotchkiss and Paonia high school students under the tutelage of Jamie Roeber. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at this opening event.

We can’t resist alerting you about an exciting new endeavor coming up this summer. Inspired by the Smithsonian exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” that will reach Paonia in January of 2021. The Blue Sage is collaborating with many local partners to present our inaugural StoryFest, a celebration of writing, reading, listening, songwriting, and storytelling. On June 26, award-winning author and adventurer Craig Childs will jumpstart the event with a keynote address in his hallmark dynamic style. The following day, June 27, writers and lovers of literature will have to make hard choices, as four venues will offer fabulous workshops, readings, and presentations.

The talented faculty includes Utahn author-activist Amy Irvine team-teaching with Childs, amazing performance poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, self-publishing guru Polly Letofsky—best known as being the first woman to walk around the world—and former Paonia resident and author of Broken, Lisa Jones, who always brings out the best in her students. You get the idea!

Watch for more details to come, but in the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to be in Paonia that last Friday and Saturday in June, when StoryFest will close for 2020 with a free, open-to-the-public event in Town Park.