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Day 2: Street Art Walk campers prepare chalk art installations on F Street ahead of Salida Art Walk 2022 weekend. Tina Gramann photo

The Salida Council for the Arts was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as Nonprofit Organization of the Quarter. Living up to their name, they have plenty on the roster for the rest of June, including a new element to the Art Walk, Pollock in the Park.

“The Salida Council for the Arts’ mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by supporting the arts and they do this through funding, advocacy, and creating opportunities for artists to grow and to engage with this community,” said SCFTA President Ken Brandon.

“This is the ‘funniest’, most loving and caring, and hardest working group of people with which I’ve ever served,” he adds. “I believe this is the case because everyone on the SCFTA board believes that the Arts has the power to sustain the vitality of a community.”

Through art exhibitions like ‘Valley Visions’, scholarships for High School seniors, community grants, awards for worthy local artists, events like the monthly ‘Creative Mixers’, and their informative newsletter, the Salida Council for the Arts keeps the community engaged.

Upcoming Events

First Fridays

Running June 2 through October 6, galleries and creative businesses in downtown Salida’s Creative District will stay open late every first Friday of the month. From painting to sculpture, ceramics, photography, plein air, printmaking, jewelry, fiber arts, animatronics, and more, visitors can drop into one of Salida’s art galleries and creative businesses to interact with the artist, ask questions, watch a demo, and build their own unique collection.

The 2023 First Fridays are June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6. Interested visitors should see individual galleries and businesses for their hours and schedule of events such as demos, lectures, and live music.

Salida Art Walk

June 23 through 25. A full list of Art Walk events is available online here. The event schedule was also previously covered by AVV.

Pollock in the Park at Art Walk

This is a new collaborative, radical art experience during this year’s Art Walk. The first 12 people to raise $200 for SCFTA will get to paint while suspended over a 9’x12′ canvas.

Other June Events

Open through August: Artist Fay Golson has an exhibit going up at Pinion Realty, 201 F Street.

Open through the end of June at Coldwell Banker, Collegiate Peaks Realty, 139 West First Street: Ann Daniels, Donna Miller, and Jan Sherfy are showing their work..

June 26 through 30 at 1646 Holman Ave in Salida: Salida Circus Summer Camp, previously.

Open through June 26 at The Museum of Authenticity (124 East Second St. in Salida): The exhibit P L A N [E] T includes a range of mid-20th-century landscape prints, primarily by Colorado and New Mexico artists. The works vary in medium, style, and technique, but, taken as a whole, the exhibit can be seen as a celebration of the planet and the world of plants.

SCFTA Introduces New Annual Giving Program

For those interested in supporting the Arts in Salida, the Salida Council for the Arts has introduced a new annual giving program: Friends of Salida Council for the Arts. This new program replaces Art Lovers and is designed to help achieve some big new goals for 2023 and beyond. Annual subscriptions of $100 and over receive a special invitation to the early viewing party for the Valley Visions show, before the opening night with the public. More information is available online here.

The Salida Council for the Arts is a nonprofit whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of the community by nurturing and supporting the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.