March event features art by Donna Wagle and music by Ron Slaughter

The Salida Council for the Arts invites anyone interested in art or practicing the art of creative living to attend the March Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The event will feature artist Donna Wagle and musician Ron Slaughter. This casual gathering to share information about the local arts scene is free to attend and open to the public.

Artist Donna Wagle grew up in Western New York surrounded by an artistic family. Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in education, she taught art in New York and then in Colorado. She continued taking graduate classes and taught graduate extension classes for teachers; she also entered art shows and studio tours over the years.

Wagle is retired from teaching and now focuses on her own artwork in ceramics, jewelry making and assemblages, along with painting in various media. Her artwork runs from realistic to quirky and is often full of bright colors and light. Donna is known for her rusty old trucks, wildflowers and plein air landscapes depicting Colorado scenery.

Musician Ron Slaughter picked up the guitar during his senior year of high school in Arlington, Mass. In college, he began writing songs and playing for school events, music competitions and community groups. Wherever he lived and worked, he wrote songs and poems.

Arriving in Salida in the late ’70s, he taught at the high school, worked at The Chaffee County Times and The Mountain Mail, and played music at local venues. Slaughter performs original songs and traditional and contemporary folk, blues and popular music through the ’70s. Recently, he has performed at Vino Salida, Wood’s Distillery, The Bounty, Soulcraft Brewery and Shallots.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer includes free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, exciting entertainment and great conversation.