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Gone Clubbin’

This article on the Pottery Club of Aspen’s annual Holiday Pottery Sale was first printed in the Aspen Daily News. The event runs from Dec. 11-13 at CMC in Aspen. Numerous CMC faculty and students take part.

Two Dozen Potters Find a Common Interest, and Put it On Sale
Photo of pottery by Jordan Curet.

Photo: Jordan Curet.

We’ve got ski clubs and equestrian clubs. There are mushroom-hunting clubs and broomball clubs, running clubs and book clubs. The Roaring Fork Valley is home to hundreds of groups of people who get together and bond over a shared interest.

Most of them don’t get their time in the spotlight, but for the Pottery Club of Aspen, this is their chance to shine. Every holiday season, the nearly 25 members of the group put their products on sale at Aspen’s Colorado Mountain College  annual pottery sale.

But, the sale is not just a sale, say members, and the group is not just a group. Read more

Sopris Theatre Company brings Renaissance-era comedy to Glenwood

This article on CMC’s Sopris Theatre Company’s latest production, The Glorious Ones, was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. The production runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 7 at the New Space Theatre at CMC in Glenwood Springs.

Sopris Theatre Company presents "The Glorious Ones," a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

Sopris Theatre Company presents “The Glorious Ones,” a bawdy musical about a theater troupe during the Italian Renaissance. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

The latest production from Sopris Theatre Company bounces from over-the-top humor to quiet, empathetic moments — and right back again.

“The Glorious Ones,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (who also wrote “Ragtime,” “Seussical” and more), is a bawdy show that follows a 16th century Commedia dell’arte acting troupe onstage and off during the Italian Renaissance.

Commedia dell’arte was a style of improvisation during the Renaissance that set the foundation for modern sitcoms. It uses a set of stock characters, most of them masked, and places them in different situations. Click for full article

Women bring apparel manufacturing to Rifle

New sustainable venture partners with CMC and Garfield County’s Garco Sewing Works to bring new apparel business to Rifle.

This article was printed in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Bob Ward.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

The founders of The Whole Works aim to bring apparel manufacturing to the Western Slope. They are, from left, Julia Marshall, Sadye Harvey, Janie Rich and Kelly Alford.

Tired of seeing “Made in China” tags on your clothing? Then take a look at The Whole Works, a new apparel-manufacturing operation coming to Rifle.

Launched by a group of Roaring Fork Valley women, this entrepreneurial venture surpassed its online fundraising goal just in time for Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, The Whole Works reached its $35,000 Kickstarter campaign target. The money will cover basic start-up costs — sewing machines, training, build-out and so forth. That means the campaign now becomes a for-profit business, a small-run, high-quality clothing production facility.

Here’s how the founders pitched their project on Kickstarter: “Invest in women, provide stability through well paying jobs, and create the infrastructure to help women become leaders.” Click for full article. Read more

Restorative justice event at CMC Leadville

Reprinted from the Leadville Herald Democrat.

Full Circle of Lake County will present a program on restorative justice on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center at Colorado Mountain College.

The main speaker of the night will be Sharletta Evans. In 1995, Evans lost her 3-year-old son in a drive-by shooting. During the presentation, Evans will talk about her story and how the restorative justice process assisted in not only providing healing to herself, but the offender and the community.

Evans organizes anti-gang programs, advocates for judicial reform in Colorado and across the country and was featured in the film “Lost for Life,” a documentary about juveniles serving life in prison.

The night will also include presentations by Colorado Representatives Pete Lee and Millie Hamner. Lee has been a champion of restorative justice programs and legislation in Colorado.

Full Circle instituted a community wide restorative justice program as well as one in the Lake County School District this fall. The night will also include a presentation about Full Circle’s restorative justice programs. Light food and beverages will be provided and Spanish interpretation is available. There is no cost to attend.

CMC art instructor featured in prominent Arkansas exhibit

This article was published in the Steamboat Today. By Teresa Ristow.

Steamboat Springs — Joel S. Allen has spent about 15 years working on a series of hand-wrapped hanging fiber sculptures, an art installation he calls “Hooked on Svelte.”

Steamboat Springs — Joel S. Allen has spent about 15 years working on a series of hand-wrapped hanging fiber sculptures, an art installation he calls “Hooked on Svelte.” Photo: Dustin Bartholomew/courtesy.

Despite his obvious commitment to the project, he was surprised when he was contacted by two men traveling the country in search of exceptional art for a gallery exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The curatorial duo from the museum drove nearly 100,000 miles across the United States in 2013, meeting nearly 1,000 artists in their hometowns, searching for work that otherwise might go unappreciated on a national level.

The team conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with artists to select those whose work they found the most compelling. Click for full article

United Way of Eagle River Valley announces CMC graduate as new executive director

Alumna Rebecca Kanaly was a top graduate of the inaugural class of the bachelor’s in business administration program at Colorado Mountain College. First published in the Vail Daily.

VAIL — The board of the United Way of Eagle River Valley has appointed Rebecca Kanaly as executive director, replacing Karen Lechner, effective Dec. 1. As executive director, Kanaly is tasked with expanding United Way’s leadership presence, reach and impact in our community by providing increased opportunities to, and by working strategically with, local nonprofits who are demonstrating excellence in service.

Kanaly has lived in Vail since 2006 after leaving a career in Denver with an award-winning custom home builder. She has co-founded several organizations in Colorado and served on the executive boards of Cancer League of Colorado, Eagle Valley Senior Life and Helmet Heads. Additionally, she has provided consulting to Wapiyapi Cancer Camps and, as a Daniel’s Consulting firm project manager to the city and county of Denver. A top graduate of the inaugural class of the Bachelor of Science in business administration degree program at Read more

Jimmy Westlake: First comet landing

The first successful landing of a space probe onto a comet took place yesterday. CMC physics professor Jimmy Westlake’s column, written the day before Wednesday’s successful landing in the Steamboat Today and reprinted here, gives the back story on this landmark event.

Photo Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0 This mosaic of images reveals the unusual shape and surface of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander. Philae made the first controlled landing on a comet’s nucleus Wednesday morning.

Photo: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
This mosaic of images reveals the unusual shape and surface of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander. Philae made the first controlled landing on a comet’s nucleus Wednesday morning.

— If all goes according to plan, a little space probe named Philae will separate from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft late Tuesday and make the first controlled landing on the surface of a comet Wednesday morning.

It took the Rosetta spacecraft 10 years to chase down and reach Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or Comet C-G for short. On Aug. 6, it became the first spacecraft in history to orbit a comet nucleus. ESA scientists hope to double-down on Wednesday and make the history books once again with the first-ever comet landing.

Robotic spacecraft have visited several comets over the past few decades, including Halley’s comet, click for full article

CMC professor starts running target club on campus, eyes big future

This article was printed in the Steamboat Today. By Ben Ingersoll.

Colorado Mountain College math professor Alex Krolik has spent decades looking through the scope of expensive air rifles as a running target competitor. The Belarus native is hoping to expand his passion for the sport to campus students and the Steamboat Springs community with a newly launched club.

Colorado Mountain College math professor Alex Krolik has spent decades looking through the scope of expensive air rifles as a running target competitor. The Belarus native is hoping to expand his passion for the sport to campus students and the Steamboat Springs community with a newly launched club. Photo: Ben Ingersoll.

— Colorado Mountain College math professor Alex Krolik longs to bring a different kind of Olympic sport to Steamboat Springs.

It’s no secret that the city has pumped out more Winter Olympians than any other in North America. But Krolik has a deep background in a summer Olympics sport, one that even for the Summer Games isn’t exactly world renown, let alone nationally renown.

A native of Minsk, Belarus, running target air rifle and air pistol shooting has been a staple in Krolik’s life. In most of Europe and Asia, the sport is far from uncommon, and it typically shows during shooting competitions every four summers at the Olympic Games. Click for full article.

Vail Daily column: Education is an economic driver

Dr. Jason Glass, superintendent of Eagle County Schools; Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College; and Chris Romer president and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership, co-authored this editorial, first published in the Vail Daily.

A healthy and diverse economy pays almost innumerable benefits to a community. A few of these positive outcomes include wealth generation, job growth, economic stability, civic and cultural vitality, the creation of a stable tax base for essential public services, a better quality of life, etc. A healthy economy provides a springboard for families in our community to reach their dreams.

The link between the economy and education is critical and inseparable. While the beginnings of the American education system were premised on creating participant citizens for our fledgling republic, in reality it was the economic need Read more

What It Takes to Keep a Community Theater Running

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the diverse, innovative approaches community theaters around the country are utilizing to stay afloat. The long running Aspen Community Theatre and Colorado Mountain College theatre program faculty Brad Moore were featured in the article by Kevin Brass.

Aspen Community Theater puts on one show in the fall, like this production of “My Fair Lady.” Stuart Huck

Aspen Community Theater puts on one show in the fall, like this production of “My Fair Lady.” Photo: Stuart Huck

All the world may be a stage, but theater is a tough way to make a buck.

Lots of people dream of starting a local theater. It’s a way to get into show business on their own terms or share their passion for live performance with their neighbors—and perhaps make some money doing what they love.

But raising the curtain can be much more of a challenge than they imagined. Typically, they end up having to scrimp, save and beg to stay afloat. They survive on ingenuity—cobbling together public and private funding, low-cost attention-getting stunts and strong local support. Click for full article