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Your garden on canvas; and more

Daily Staff Report

Local artist Cindy Harlan Youse wants to paint your garden. She has painted all of her life. Her landscapes, garden scenes and still-lifes have appeared in National Juried Exhibitions and private collections nationwide. “My artistic goals are to share an appreciation of and the naturalistic representation of something beautiful, be it a garden scene, organic forms of nature, an expressive face or my fellow artists in action,” Youse said in a press release.Youse’s paintings are almost always executed alla prima, working wet into wet, thick paint over thin paint, all in one session. If you would like her to paint your garden, contact her hat her Edwards studio at (970) 926-1333.

Flux5, an established funk band, is holding auditions for a keyboard and/or Hammond B-3 organ player. The band is looking to fill the position with a professional who will bring personality and musical ideas to the ensemble, as well as maintain a regular rehearsal and gig schedule throughout Colorado.Auditions will be held in Summit and Eagle counties on an arranged date between July 19 and 30. Call Dave Laub for more information and to arrange audition time at (970) 471-3152.

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Todd Rundgren concert scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Vilar Center for the Arts. If you are a ticket holder for Aug. 28, please contact the Vilar Center Box Office for an exchange or refund at 845-TIXS (8497) Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seating assignments will remain the same for tickets already purchased. Todd Rundgren tickets for Sunday, Aug. 29, are $40, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Aspen Theatre in the Park is looking for volunteers to help usher during their 2004 summer season, which runs through Aug. 28.Volunteers will be able to see the show for free on the nights they choose to usher. There are still many nights open to usher so there is a great amount of flexibility for volunteers to choose the nights they would like to help. Please note that the theatre is in the greatest need of ushers during the first few weeks of July so see the shows early and spread the news!To sign up for dates or for further information, call Mary Lacny at the Aspen Theatre in the Park office at (970) 925-9313.

The International Library of Poetry has announced that $58,000 in prizes will be awarded this year in the International Open Poetry Contest. The deadline for the contest is Sept. 30.”Any poet, whether previously published or not, can be a winner,” said Christina Baylon, contest director. To enter, send one original poem to to: The International Library of Poetry/Suite 19920/1 Poetry Plaza/Owings Mills, MD 21117. The poem should be 20 lines or less and the poet’s name and address should appear on the top of the page. You may also enter online at http://www.poetry.com.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is opening their gallery this summer to artists of all ages who have always wanted to show their creations. The Artopia summer exhibit and sale is an invitation to express yourself in whatever way comes naturally. All media are accepted, all artists are invited. The show is nonjuried. Applications deadline has been extended until Tuesday and the exhibit begins on July 16 running through Sept. 7. Artist’s reception opens to the public on Friday, July 23, at 6 p.m., at the center. For more information, call (970) 945-2414.

Now through Sept. 6, the fifth annual town of Vail sculpture exhibition is under way at Ford Park. Entitled “Sculpture Adventure,” the exhibition is organized by the town’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program. Five artists, including two local sculptors, have large scale work displayed along the recreation path between the picnic pavilion and the old school house west of the Alpine Gardens.As in previous years, the town of Vail is giving the community the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of public art. The piece with the most votes will be given the town’s “People’s Choice Award.” “People not only vote for the sculpture they like most, they often make very interesting comments and are very knowledgeable about art,” Leslie Fickling, AIPP coordinator, said. Ballots and brochures describing the sculptures, all of which are for sale, are available at the site or by contacting Fickling.Pieces currently on display include Barbara Baer’s “Red Wheat,” which uses industrial materials and processes, such as polycarbonate and auto enameling, in atypical applications. Local artist Gordon Westerberg’s “Endless Possibilities” is a delicate stone mass which displays traces and even scars of its geological development. The title “Table Dancer” not only tells us what Jim Cotter’s sculpture is about, but gives an indication of his playful approach to art and life. Mark Guilbeau’s sculpture is comprised of “found objects,” which the artist prefers to think of as “discarded objects.”For more information, contact AIPP coordinator Leslie Fickling at (970) 479-2344.

The fourth annual Steamboat Studios Art and Culture Tour, scheduled for Saturday, July 31, will feature artist’s studios in downtown Steamboat Springs and near the base of Mount Werner. This annual, self-guided tour presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council takes participants along a different geographic route in Northwest Colorado each year to visit working artists studios and cultural points of interest. The tour starts at The Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot, home of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, where participants are treated to a gourmet breakfast while they view the SummerArt 2004 exhibit, a multi-media fine art exhibit and sale of work by local, regional and national artists. The tour also includes a picnic lunch at the Tread of Pioneers Museum with entertainment by singer/songwriter Carrie Elkin, a cooperative fine art exhibit and a silent auction. All-inclusive tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Call the Steamboat Springs Arts Council at (970) 879-9008 for ticket sales or more information.

From slaps and slugs to knifings and strangles, learn how to kill and be killed – safely – on stage Sunday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theater.Geoff Kent stages violence, teaches stage combat and is one of only 38 Fight director/certified teachers with the Society of American Fight Directors.His teaching credentials include the National Theatre Conservatory, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Northwestern University, The Hartt School of Drama and Central City Opera. Recent choreography work includes the Denver Center Theatre Company productions of “King Hedley II,” “A Skull in Connemara” and “The Lonesome West,” as well as “Henry IV,” and “Macbeth.” Tuition is $40. For more information, call (970) 453-0199 or log onto http://www.backstagetheatre.org