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Creative Mixer

January 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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.

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Each mixer begins at 5:30pm in the Paquette Gallery, 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.

Meet this months featured artist, Matt Kroschel, and enjoy his artwork in person!

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.

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!

Meet this months Artist: Matt Kroschel

Matt Kroschel grew up in Chaffee County before heading out into the world working in television news as a reporter. Matt currently covers Colorado’s High Country and Western Slope for KCNC CBS4 in Denver.
He lives in rural Grans county on a hobby farm that is home to rescue dogs, cats, chickens and ducks.
Matt began his painting career on a whim in the summer of 2018. Since then, Matt’s style has grown into a well recognized colorful mix of wild and farm creatures. His love of the natural world goes back to working as a photographer for several publications including the Mountain Mail before and during college.
Matt and his partner Chris are active in the local community and enjoy soaking at Mt Princeton and sipping adult beverages at Elevation brewery when they are back in the area to visit.
Matt began his artistic career on the stage at the SteamPlant before the renovations, when pigeons still called the big event center, home and the floors were partially dirt.
Since Matt has zero formal art training or schooling he breaks rules and push the envelope. Every piece is an original and unique.



January 10
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Salida Council for the Arts


Paquette Gallery
220 W. Sackett Ave
Salida, CO 81201 United States
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