October 25, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Nancy Kay and musician Chris Nasca in the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery.

Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art-related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.

Nancy’s show called “Tale of Trails” is a collection of watercolor paintings containing scenes from her adventures following trails, mainly within Chaffee County. Her favorite mode is hiking, mountain biking and skiing. Nancy loves being outdoors, and her love of nature inspires her paintings of old rusty trucks, landscapes, architecture and unique perspectives of objects. Painting in watercolor has been her hobby for over a decade, and she is now enjoying the freedom to pursue her creative passion.

Now retired, Nancy spent her career in mechanical design focused on very precise drawings. Spending more time in the studio experimenting with color and shapes as well as studying in watercolor workshops has helped Nancy ‘loosen’ her painting style.

Originally from Northern California, Nancy has called Salida home for 7 years. She enjoys anything outdoors and traveling with her husband and their three bird dogs.

Nancy showed her art publicly for the first time in 2017 in Salida at the Pinon Real Estate Gallery. Since then, she has exhibited her work at the Diesslin Gallery, Mini Masterpiece, Valley Visions, Salida Wine Festival, and several local silent auctions.  She looks forward to more shows in 2019 and becoming more involved in the local art scene.

Chris Nasca plays guitar and vocals and his style is traditional roots, original, blues, jam and funk. He has a unique sound of storytelling of original, groove and traditional roots covers. His influences range from Peter Rowan, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, The Meters, and the Grateful Dead. Chris moved from the Deep South of North Carolina and Alabama to Colorado in 1993 and has been a Salida local since 1996. He has had the opportunity to be a part of several local and talented blues, rock, folk, country and psychedelic groups including The Critters, Lil’ Missouri, Rio, The Fractures with a CD released in September of 2008, Little Ernie and The Big Thang, Your Surrogate Cousin (YSC), and Alley Dust. He’s presently part of a four-piece jam band called Roundhouse Assembly, and also Nasca /Cooper, a guitar and piano duo. Chris has shared stages with The Radiators, Karl Denson Trio, Blackfoot, Andres Osborne, Bruce Hayes and many others.

The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.

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