March 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
On the second Thursday of each month, the Salida Council for the Arts presents the Creative Mixer from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the SteamPlant’s Paquette Gallery.
Artists working in all genres are encouraged to attend and meet like-minded people, to share influences and news, to soak up fresh ideas, and to be inspired by the energy that makes Salida a center of support and expression.
Each mixer begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Paquette Gallery, in the lobby of The SteamPlant Theater on the south bank of the dynamic Arkansas River, where we are treated to a visual feast of the current artwork on display in the Paquette Gallery. The exhibiting artist briefly talks about their work, their need to express, and their unique perspective.
While guests chat and view the current exhibition, live music plays; musicians are hired to share their passions and news of their upcoming gigs. We’ve enjoyed banjo tunes, cello, classic country vocals, jazz guitar, and classical flute. We are very fortunate to have talented players among us.
Everyone is always invited. The council provides tasty hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is open for business. Sometimes the connections seeded at the Creative Mixer have led to some incredible collaborative works and new friendships.
This Month’s Featured Artist
Donna Wagle’s Personal Statement
“Originally from Western New York I grew up in a small town on Chautauqua Lake, surrounded by an artistic family. Upon receiving my Bachelors of Arts degree in Education at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, I began teaching art in Ripley and Sherman, New York. While visiting a friend in Colorado one summer I made the jump to move to Denver, Colorado, and soon began teaching in Douglas County, and later in Pagosa Springs and Salida, CO. I’ve attended numerous graduate classes in watercolor and pastel painting in Taos, New Mexico, through Adams State College, and taught two graduate extension classes for teachers at Western State. Also, I have entered several art shows, studio tours, and arts and crafts shows over the years. After 28 years of teaching art I have retired and now can focus on my own art work full time. Always wanting to challenge myself, I also enjoy working in ceramics, jewelry making and assemblages, along with painting in various mediums. My art work runs from realistic to quirky–often full of bright colors and light. I’m mostly known for my rusty old trucks, wildflowers, and plein aire landscapes depicting the wonderful Colorado scenery.
Thank you for taking the time to view my art!”