The Alley Project: “If Alleys Could Talk”
Call for Artists and Writers

Old barn in Montrose alley. © Susan Blackstock.

Carriage house in Montrose alley. © Susan Blackstock.

The Silver Stage will run a series of articles, If Alleys Could Talk, beginning in July, about the historical structures (barns, carriage houses, and other buildings) found along the alleys of the older rural towns in our region. Many have fascinating tales to tell. To share them, we are inviting members of creative communities and historical societies throughout Western Colorado to submit theme-related photographs, artwork, and stories. The artwork will become an exhibit. The stories will be part of an anthology to be published in time for the holidays. The Silver Stage will publish monthly articles beginning in July.

Call for Artists

The exhibit will open In November, when the Montrose Center for the Arts hosts the first gallery show of visual representations telling those stories found along the old alleyways. The MCA is issuing it’s own Call for Artists for entries to the November show.

In addition to photographs (that may appear in the Silver Stage), we are also looking for two- and three-dimensional artwork of various mediums, which could include paintings, mixed media presentations, or maybe small “models” of different structures (paper, clay, any material).

The Silver Stage envisions this as a “community show” that will share art and stories throughout our region, becoming  a traveling exhibit highlighting different communities and traveling to various galleries and venues in Southwest Colorado.

Call for Writers

In addition to gallery shows, San Juan Publishing will compile an anthology, If Alleys Could Talk, comprised of writings and visual representations. We will publish it in time for the holiday art markets—physical or virtual, depending on government mandates. The book, in a coffee-table format, will be available from San Juan Publishing and also at each participating venue or gallery.

For more information on the Alley Project, or to make an application, contact the Silver Stage. Applications are open to creatives (artists, writers, photographers), historical associations, galleries and venues, and others interested in supporting this theme-related project:If Alleys Could Talk.