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Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) details a busy month ahead for art lovers in its newsletter. Friday, December 1 is the Art and Chocolate event where galleries an creative businesses launch the holiday season by staying open later. The event runs from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Also starting at 5:00 p.m. tonight, December 1, Elk Raven Photography will be having an artist reception at Tres Litros.

Before heading to Tres Litros, the public can check out Jill Carsten’s book signing from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. tonight, December 1. Carsten will be signing copies of her Colorado-based memoir Getting Over Vivian.

Getting Over Vivian cover. Image courtesy of ThriftBooks.

The synopsis at ThriftBooks describes the memoir:

“Navigating the loss of a Colorado home. Jill Carstens developed her identity as a child running through the vacant fields of the neighborhood where her parents built their house on Vivian Street within a stone’s throw of Colorado’s front range. It was an unspoken assumption that they would live happily on Vivian Street forever. But it is lost and so is she, at the age of sixteen, by an ugly divorce. Carstens and her brother are evicted from the only life they know, displaced on unexpected detours. ‘Soon the only role my brother and I seem to have is to stretch ourselves, impossibly, like tightropes, spanning the frustrating distance between our parents’ new houses.’ Yet if it weren’t for that exodus, she might not have set off to find new places of belonging. Her searching validates her notion that place does matter. And that finding a community within those places is vital. As Carstens’ journey evolves, she faces continued loss while Denver goes through a disruptive gentrification. Eventually, through milestones and adventures, using her lens of perpetual self-reflection, she will discover unlikely coordinates, places that begin to connect, creating junctions leading to a new life-map.”

On Saturday, December 2 Sage Mountain Gallery will have an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to come to 114 East 1st Street in Salida to take a look at the new gallery, chat with the artists, watch the artists at work, and potentially check off some holiday gift items.

To close out the upcoming weekend, A Feast of Words: Poetry Live at the Paquette returns to the SteamPlant Event Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3. The seasonal poetry gathering will feature a dozen local and regional poets reading from their original works. The poetry reading will be followed by an open mic.