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, 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 month’s featured artist, Julie Maas and Sibyl Teague, and enjoy her 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!
Julie’s fall show called “Art Harvest: My Creative Cultivation” is a collection of landscape, floral and still life paintings in pastel and oil. Julie’s childhood drawing memories are of standing at the dining room table drawing figurines selected from her mom’s hutch with her earliest instruction from her artistic dad. Pure pigment pastel sticks are her “go-to” for the immediacy of drawing and their vibrant, non-fading colors and rich, soft textures, especially for pet portraits. She also enjoys working in oil. Julie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and worked freelance graphic design while employed 25 years with the city of Loveland. She later retired from the State of NM and moved back with her husband Jake to CO in 2016. Julie serves on the board of the Salida Council for the Arts.
TJ Hittle is a licensed Landscape Architect and session musician who has been playing a variety of guitars since age 14. He moved to Salida in 2012 after playing professionally since 1964 across the Midwest. His music ranges from originals to soulfully played ballads in blues, jazz, rock, country, and Americana. He can often be seen playing solo or backing other groups at SoulCraft Brewery, Vino Salida, the Boathouse, Benson’s Tavern, Salida City Park concerts, the Salida SteamPlant and other Central Colorado venues.