Art About Town  – January 2020

Western Colorado Arts & Entertainment
Visual, performing, and movement arts.

Ouray County Art Scene

 [January 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Ashley King-Grambley, Executive Director, Weehawken Creative Arts and Sherbino Theater]

One thing is for certain: There’s no shortage of “something to do” in the arts in Ouray County during any given month, and January is no exception.

Sherbino Theater Ridgway CO

All month long The 610 Arts Collective hosts Denver-based artist, Leah Diament’s, “I Have Words” exhibition. This show deftly blends pattern, poetry, and portraiture in a collection. (

Tuesday, January 7, adults are invited to the Sherbino to participate in an evening of “ARTbar: Impressionist Landscapes.” This WCA program invites adult students of all abilities for a casual night of art and cheer under the instruction of Montrose artist Anne Hockenberry. The event will run from 6 to 8 P.M. and the $40 tuition includes an adult beverage. (

Film lovers are sure to enjoy the “Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour” at the Sherbino on Thursday, January 9. The 96-minute theatrical program includes seven short films selected from this year’s festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Showings begin at 6:30 P.M. and the cost is $11 for adults. (

If creative writing is your thing, be sure to check out the “Ekphrastic Writing Workshop” on January 13 in Ridgway. For just $10, students will join creative writing instructor, Tessa Cheek, for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts’ latest exhibition. This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level from beginner to pro. The class will discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing (writing in response to a work of art). Bring a notebook, writing utensil, and a sense of wonder. (

Frank H.Coons, a Lithic Press poet, shares his work on Tuesday, January 14. Coons’ work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. After Coons’ presentation at 6 P.M., area poets will be invited to the stage to share their works (3-minute maximum) in an open reading. $5 to $10 donation suggested at the door. (

Music lovers can dance the night away at the Sherbino with The AJ Fullerton Band on Thursday, January 16. Fullerton, a Montrose native, plays 200 to 250 shows each year. He is often hailed as “The Real Deal” and is frequently called one of the hardest-working young musicians on the scene. Music begins at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (

Comedy rounds out the month at the Sherbino. First, there will be an “Evening of Comedy with Monte Montepare” on Thursday, January 23. Montepare is a mountain guide, comedian, and storyteller originally from Breckenridge, Colo. This is his second time playing the Sherbino. On the following Wednesday, January 29, the Sherb hosts the Comedy Zone’s professional touring comedians, Brandt Tobler and Louis Beck. Details on both shows are at

Lastly, on January 31 and February 1, UpStART Theater will host two readers’ theater performances of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things with professional guest actors from all over the state and region. This event will be held on Friday in Ridgway at the Sherbino and on Saturday in Ouray at the Wright Opera House. (

Montrose County Art News

[ January 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage]

Visit Montrose Center for the Arts (MCA) the first Friday every month from 5 to 7 P.M. for an artist’s reception with food, libations, and music. January’s featured artist is Loretta Casler; her show will be up all month. In February, MCA hosts Mike Simpson as the featured artist with a reception February 7.

MCA also offers classes and workshops for children and adults, from beginning watercolor to clay creations and how to paint from photographs, a class by the Silver Stage’s featured artist this month, Mike Simpson. Dan Deuter also offers critique sessions once a month on Thursdays.

Healthy Rhythm’s Listening Room hosts acclaimed New York
City cellist, Wendy Law, and will present the World Premiere of “Pasión LIVE! A Film Set to Live Classical Music” on January 14 at the Montrose Pavilion. The following evening, they will present “Classical Jam in Concert” live in the Listening Room Their impressive lineup of artists in the coming weeks will include singer-songwriter, Pierce Pettis, and keyboardist, David Webb, January 26, and Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler of “The Rough and Tumble” on February 28.

Weehawken continues its offering of adult classes in jazz, ballet, and creative dance.

North Forth Art News

[ January 2020 | San Juan Silver Stage | By Debra Muzikar, North Fork Arts Editor]

Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Celebrating New Year’s Day with the Blue-Eyed Pea Jubilee is a 20-year tradition at the Blue Sage in Paonia. This wonderful free event combines a bountiful potluck with entertainment provided by a long list of talented musicians.

Many folks say you need to eat 365 peas to make the luck last—and since this is a Leap Year, you’d better add one more—while others insist you leave a single pea to share the luck with others. Southerners may tell you that eating the legumes for luck dates back to the Civil War, but the Talmud describes the Jewish custom of eating black-eyed peas in celebration of Rosh Hashanah around 500 A.D., and the tradition may have traveled with Sephardic Jews who arrived in Georgia in the 1730s.

During the Civil War, General Sherman’s Union troops considered the crop unfit for human consumption, so Confederates survived the winter on the scorned supplies. Slaves had always known they were edible and used them to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on the first day of January in 1863.

Playback Theater comes to the Blue Sage on Friday, January 10, from 6 to 8 P.M. Through the efforts of the North Fork Creative Coalition, CU Boulder’s theater and dance outreach will engage the audience by illuminating true stories and experiences in a collective conversation. It’s all about building bridges within community. For more information, contact Susie Lowe at

Held the second Saturday of each month, the new free Art Club just for parents and their kids begins on January 11. With separate activities for adults and children from 3 to 5 P.M., the first gathering will focus on making your own block print; the second (February 8) introduces mask-making; the March 14 activity involves figure drawing.

The Orchard Collective performance on January 31 is a free community show of inspiration, expression, and creativity

The esteemed Blue Sage Concert Series continues on February 15 at 7:30 P.M. with “Evolutions of Love: Duos for Soprano & Baritone,” featuring Stephanie and Graham Anduri performing compositions by Dvorak, Donizetti, Nat King Cole, Gershwin, and more. On March 14 at 7:30 P.M., “New Morse Code” presents works by Robert Honstein, Florent Ghys, and others, played by Hannah Collins on cello and Michael Compitello on percussion.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 7 P.M., Robin Nicholoff and his 6-piece combo, “Take Five,” offer up jazz, rhythm & blues, and rock & roll for your dancing pleasure. Just for fun, the dress code is “Valley Formal.” No sweetie required. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

For more information please call 970-527-7243 or visit