Congratulations to GCD Board member Colette Pitcher!! Here is an excerpt from the Greeley Tribune today:
Colette Pitcher calls the newfound focus on the arts in Greeley a “renaissance of arts awareness.”
Pitcher opened Showcase Art Center, 1335 8th Ave., to fill a gap when a community arts center closed in Greeley in the early 1990s.
For her efforts, Pitcher found her way into the winner’s circle Thursday night in the Greeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pitcher and several other award winners were recognized at the Island Grove Events Center.
With the arts becoming more and more scarce in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Pitcher said it wasn’t always easy to own Showcase, but she always knew art was her calling.
“There’s a fate that drives my life and it keeps saying, ‘No, you will be an artist and nothing else,’ ” she said.
Pitcher said she thinks that the importance of the arts was lost for a short time, but that the industry is making a comeback nationwide.
Like many in his field, Jeff Stone leads a double life.
The art teacher at Valley High School in Gilcrest has worked for many years as a freelance graphic artist, designing logos and even illustrating books and graphic novels. It’s a balance he and many art educators often struggle to maintain among their dual professions.
Stone’s own works of art are on display this month at the Tointon Gallery at the Union Colony Civic Center as part of the gallery’s “Spark of Inspiration” exhibit. The exhibit features the work of 24 Weld County art teachers who teach kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The exhibit was put together by Ed Rogers, chairman of the City of Greeley Art Commission and Stone’s elementary school art teacher, to remind the community of the unique role art educators play in the classroom and the art community.
“I think the show validates a little bit what we do in class, too,” Stone said. “The kids get to see there’s art teachers that are really producing things and not just making a lesson plan to get through the day.”
“Spark of Inspiration: The Role of Artists as Teachers” features the works of 24 Weld County art educators. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Feb. 14 at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. in Greeley.
If you couldn’t make it out to the January 15 event and see the ice carving by Premier International Art Carver Michael Pizzuto, you can watch this condensed five-minute video of Pizzuto demonstrating his decades of ice carving experience.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.
Eighty-five percent of working professionals agree that creative thinking is critical for problem-solving in their career, and 71 percent say creative thinking should be taught as a course, like math and science.
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