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Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers Take the Stage

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The Blue Sage Center for the Arts classical series presents Opera Colorado’s Romeo & Juliet on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Blue Sage Center’s Curtis Hall, located at 228 Grand Ave. in Paonia. In addition to Romeo & Juliet the concert program includes highlights from opera and musical theatre repertoire, as well as a brief panel discussion and audience Q&A with the artists.  Ticket prices range from $10-$20 and can be purchased through the Blue Sage Gallery at 226 Grand Ave., Paonia, by calling (970) 527-7243 or online at www.bluesage.org.  All seating is reserved.

Romeo & Juliet is an opera by Charles Gounod based on the play by William Shakespeare and tells the tale of “star-crossed lovers” Romeo and Juliet, who meet, fall in love, and choose to risk everything for each other. The story unfolds through rich, sumptuous music and has been arranged to include scenes from Shakespeare’s original play. The production is sung in English with portions in the original French. Updated staging and costumes bring it to life in new and surprising ways. Directed by Cherity Koepke and performed by the Opera Colorado Young Artists, the production is an exciting new take on an old classic.

Opera Colorado Young Artists are a group of 5 emerging opera singers selected from 400 plus aspiring candidates to partake in a 7-month residency program based in Denver.  Part of the residency program includes outreach to Colorado youth through in-school programs and performances for youth.  In addition to the evening concert, the Blue Sage is offering a free performance for Paonia and Hotchkiss High School students in the afternoon as part of its commitment to support arts education in North Fork Valley schools.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.  The Blue Sage Classical Music Series is directed by Susan Ellinger and features six chamber-music concerts per season and is currently in its third year.

New Blue Sage Website Launch

The Blue Sage is happy to announce its new website!

A few notes on the changes.

Calendar

The new Events Calendar is easier to browse and lists everything happening at the Blue Sage. You can view it as a full-calendar layout, or in a list form.

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You can also Search for events. Click the options button to narrow your search by date or category.

Signing up & Tickets

You can now sign up for memberships, volunteer, join the mailing list or create a ticketing account all on one handy sign-up form.

The ticketing process has changed slightly. Once you have signed up on the handy sign-up from, you will be able to log in and reserve tickets for any event that has a big “book tickets” button.

Events with reserved seating still use Brown Paper tickets.

Organization & Contact

Information related to the organization and facilities are in the drop-down menu titled: About the Blue Sage.

The contact information and hours are at the bottom of each page.  There is a quick contact link there as well.

Have a look Around

Please have a look around and let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your user experience.

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Ridgway Artist Ed Werner to Present Solo Show

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The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia will present an exhibit of artwork by Ridgway artist, Ed Werner.  The exhibit will feature Werner’s “Pretty in Pink” series, which in one interpretation comments on what content is acceptable in modern media and what is unacceptable.  In addition to Werner’s previously exhibited “Pretty in Pink” series, the artist will also debut new work.    The exhibit opens on Friday, April 4 with a reception with the artist from 6:00-8:00p.m.  There is no charge to attend.  Visitors to the exhibit are also invited to a reception at The Eccentric Artist Gallery from 4:00-6:00p.m. on April 4, located at 217 Grand Ave., in Paonia.  The Blue Sage Gallery is located at 226 Grand Ave. in Paonia and can be reached over the phone at (970) 527-7243 or on the web at www.bluesage.org.

“Whenever we invite Ed to present in our Gallery, we are never sure what will show up,” said Blue Sage Executive Director, Annette Pretorius, “but we are always sure that it will impeccably executed with multiple layers of meaning and exacting humor.”  Ed Werner is a serious artist who has a Bachelor’s Degree in painting and sculpture and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.  He has been an artist and crafts person in Western Colorado for 33 years, and for many years before moving to Western Colorado.  He has enjoyed numerous artist fellowships, has shown in New York City, Baltimore Maryland, Washington D.C., Denver, New Orleans, and Boston.  He currently lives in Ridgway, Colorado, where he has a studio.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.