October Creative Mixer
The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the Creative Mixer on Thursday, October 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring artist Julie Maas and musician TJ Hittle 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.
Julie’s fall show called “Art Harvest: My Creative Cultivation” is a collection of landscape, floral and still life paintings in pastel and oil. Julie’s childhood drawing memories are of standing at the dining room table drawing figurines selected from her mom’s hutch with her earliest instruction from her artistic dad. Pure pigment pastel sticks are her “go-to” for the immediacy of drawing and their vibrant, non-fading colors and rich, soft textures, especially for pet portraits. She also enjoys working in oil. Julie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and worked freelance graphic design while employed 25 years with the city of Loveland. She later retired from the State of NM and moved back with her husband Jake to CO in 2016. Julie serves on the board of the Salida Council for the Arts.
TJ Hittle is a licensed Landscape Architect and session musician who has been playing a variety of guitars since age 14. He moved to Salida in 2012 after playing professionally since 1964 across the Midwest. His music ranges from originals to soulfully played ballads in blues, jazz, rock, country, and Americana. He can often be seen playing solo or backing other groups at SoulCraft Brewery, Vino Salida, the Boathouse, Benson’s Tavern, Salida City Park concerts, the Salida SteamPlant and other Central Colorado venues.