Historical Series: “This is Where We Live”
Discover and celebrate local history with the Blue Sage and North Fork Historic Society. This year’s events will include a talk on the culture of homemade textiles, a heritage quilt exhibit in the Blue Sage Gallery, a story-telling event focused on the evolution of Grand Ave. storefronts, and a special presentation and book signing by Kathy Addams McKee and Claudia Sutliff King based on their book North Fork Valley, which delves into the history of our area and reveals how the settlers worked together to found the three communities of Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford.
Paint Paonia: Competition, Viewing & Silent Auction
Paint Paonia is a plein air painting event held annually during Paonia’s Cherry Days 4th of July festival. Participants spend one day capturing Paonia and the surrounding areas on canvas. Cash awards of over $600 are awarded by our judge for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and the Paonia Chamber award for Best of Show. The works are then featured in a silent auction during Cherry Days festivities at the Blue Sage. This fun event promotes the diverse creative participation of our community, and true to the character of Paonia, celebrates traditional and non-traditional interpretations of “plein air” painting, allowing for three-dimensional and mixed-media artwork to be submitted.
Write On! Anthology: Competition & Reading Event
The Write On! program is an annual writing competition for residents of Delta County where the winners get published in the annual Write On! Anthology. In prior years, the contestants were the judges and all entries were scored on one criterion: to publish or not. 2013 marks the 6th annual competition and an evolution in the competition to include professional judges from around the nation to provide constructive feedback on entries, a more objective set of evaluation criteria for the submissions, workshops for writers, and a virtual writer’s group which will allow contestants to anonymously workshop each other’s writing prior to entering it into the competition. The competition culminates in the popular Write On! Anthology Reading event, where the published book is unveiled and top-scoring writers read their winning entries.
Swingin’ at the Sage
Join Delicious Dance for a monthly social dance and a celebration of community, open to dancers of all ages and abilities. Bring your dancing shoes and a small snack to share.
Saturdays, 7-10pm Jan 19th, Feb 23rd, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th
The Music and Art of Stuart Davis
Stuart Davis is all about the hyphens: Writer-Director-Actor- Comedian-Songwriter. With 15 albums to his credit and guest appearances on NPR and syndicated radio’s “Coast to Coast Live,” music is still his main squeeze, and his irreverent TV show, Sex God, Rock ‘n Roll brought Stuart’s down to earth wit and bold humor – a mainstay of his live shows – to a larger audience. On May 31st, Stuart will return to the Blue Sage to share his thought-provoking song writing as well as his Zen inspired art work.
Friday, May 31st. Art on display starting at 5:00pm. Concert starts at 8:00pm.
Cost: Art viewing: Free! Concert: $12
Final Friday Art Walks
The Final Friday Art Walk is a monthly event designed to showcase the vibrant arts community in downtown Paonia. Galleries, artist studios and local businesses keep later hours and plan special events such as gallery openings, special art showings, talks by local artists, live music, and special events for kids. The event takes place on the last Friday of every month. Visit the Blue Sage website as the date approaches for information on specific activities and participating locations.
May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th (5-8:00pm)