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Salida Artposium: Speaker Biographies
May 26-27, 2007

Christo OTR Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are environmental artists who install temporary works of art in dramatic natural settings. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have proposed “Over The River,” a work of art to be exhibited for 14 days over sections of the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida during summer 2011, the earliest possible date. Fabric panels suspended horizontally clear of and high above the water level will follow the configuration and width of the changing course of the river. As with all previous art projects, Over The River is entirely financed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The artists derive no income from this event. Their presentation is a gift to Colorado Art Ranch.
Eventide Kent Haruf
Kent Haruf grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels are set. His most recent novels are Eventide and Plainsong, winner of the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The New Yorker Book Award. His novel The Tie That Binds received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. Also the author of Where You Once Belonged. He retired from his teaching position at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and now lives with his wife, Cathy, outside Salida, Colorado
Goldes David Goldes
Educated initially in science, David Goldes received a MA in Molecular Genetics from Harvard; he received a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY at Buffalo in Photography. Born in New York in 1947, he now lives and works in Minneapolis, where he is on the faculty of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Goldes’ work is found in many permanent collections, including the  Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Art Institute of  Chicago; Walker Art Center; Yale University Museum; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; and Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon–sur-Soane, France.
Sherrie York Sherrie York
Coloradoan Sherrie York works as an artist, naturalist, illustrator and educator. Her work in pencil, ink, watercolor, and linocut reflects her interest in the natural world. Sherrie’s illustration work has appeared in various publications, and her paintings and relief prints have been featured in exhibitions across the country and in Europe.
  Ray Kitson
Family ties and outdoor recreation lured New York native Ray Kitson to Salida in the early 1980s, and are what led him and his wife Penny, whose family has had a cabin in the valley for generations, to stay. Kitson turned his passion for river-running, skiing, and climbing into a string of successful adventure-tourism-based businesses, including Headwaters Outdoors, American Adventure Expeditions, and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center.
CultureClash Geraldine Alexander
Geraldine Alexander is doing what she loves - selling contemporary art and artisan jewelery. That passion, along with her keen design sense has turned Cultureclash, the gallery she founded with renowned metalsmith Michael Boyd, into one of the top spots in a town becoming known for its art, artists, and lively gallery scene.  Alexander, who has been playing on and around the Arkansas River since she was ten years old, settled in Salida in 1995, when the town was still recovering from the mines closing and the railroad pulling out, and has been breathing artistic life - and energy - into downtown ever since.
Colorado Central Ed Quillen
Columnist for the Denver Post, free-lance writer, and publisher of the feisty magazine Colorado Central, Ed Quillen is a native of the Rockies. Encyclopedic about history and politics and never afraid to call a spade a spade (or a tourist driving an SUV with two bicycles on top a Yuppie member of the recreation nation), Ed calls himself a curmudgeon, but really is a softie at heart.
  Fred Rasmussen
A well-traveled and passionate angler and an environmental educator who forgot to retire, Fred Rasmussen has served on more boards and committees on conservation and land and river-use issues - including the national board of Trout Unlimited - than even he can  remember. He tells a great story and they’re usually true.
  B Strawn
Sculptor B Strawn, a California native, has called the Salida area home for 19 years. Her work, which often combines found objects and rich pigments into evocative, sketch-like forms, is shown widely in Colorado, including galleries in Denver, Telluride, Trembling Aspen in Buena Vista, and Cultureclash in Salida. She grew up in Vallejo, California, and studied painting and sculpture at the
University of California, Berkeley.
  Richard Cabe
Economist turned stone worker, Richard Cabe has traded a career working with assumptions and models for the hard facts of working in granite. Richard creates art from granite boulders, preferring material from the site where the finished product will reside; guided by what his hands “see” inside the rock, he cuts, carves, and polishes, often exploring the juxtaposition of rough, natural stone and the artist’s intervention.
Dan Downing Dan Downing
Dan Downing turned pro in 1980, and worked first in portrait and commercial photography before focusing on fine art photography, including traditional silver media and archival digital materials. A resident of Nathrop, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has won awards including the Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence.
Calderazzo Book John Calderazzo
Colorado State University English professor John Calderazzo is a
celebrated teacher of writing. His own nonfiction has appeared in Audubon, and Orion. His most recent book, Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives, is a series of travel essays that explores how volcanoes around the world affect human culture. In an abrupt career switch, he is now working on a book of poems, At the Night Window.
Colorado Less Traveled Susan Tweit
A plant ecologist who once studied sagebrush and grizzly bears, Susan J. Tweit believes that humans must rejoin the “community of the land.” She is the author of ten books aswell as articles and commentaries published in places as diverse as Audubon, the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and can be heard at
Stuart Andrews Stuart Andrews
Artist and angler/flyfishing guide Stuart Codington Andrews has lived and painted in the Rockies all his life. He records the changes shaping the New West and chases fish on many of its waters. His beautifully-rendered works are dream narratives, blending memories, humor, muses, pop culture and a love of the Western landscape. 
  Jerry Mallett
Colorado native Jerry Mallett has been in the thick of the debate over the West’s land and natural resources since he signed on as the Western Field Representative for the
Wilderness Society over three decades ago. He has worked to unite sportsmen and conservationists as Vice President of the United Sportsmen’s Council and founder of American Wildlands. He has also owned an adventure tourism business and been President of the Adventure Travel Society, and is now serving his first term as a Chaffee County Commissioner.
Jack Chivvis Jack Chivvis
Jack Chivvis, co-owner of Chivvis & Lovell Gallery grew up in Colorado and Nevada. Exploring ghost towns and old mines in Nevada as a kid began his fascination with old weathered wood and the dark patina of rusted metal. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, focusing on oil and watercolor painting. A few years later, at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, he began to work with found objects and assemblage.

















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