Zach Wolfson begins Season Three of his series Beyond the Gallery with Armando Silva, a performance artist in the Greeley Creative District.
As an artist, Armando wants to bring artwork where artwork is needed. Artwork shouldn’t be a destination. Creativity shouldn’t be in one specific place – it should be everywhere, and it should be unexpected.
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.
“Jil Rosentrater, the woman who helped establish many of Greeley’s artistic cornerstones, including the Union Colony Civic Center, the Arts Picnic and Centennial Village Museum, died of cancer on Sunday night. She was 65.”
“The Colorado Piano Festival, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado, will be held from Nov. 17-18, 2012 at Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado. With two days of concerts, masterclasses, workshops, and a pre-college solo piano competition, there will be exciting opportunities for music-lovers, pianists and students of all ages and levels.”
[College of Performing and Visual Arts, University of Northern Colorado]