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Video advertising can be extremely effective, says Zack Lawrence of Standing Sun Productions. Courtesy photo.
By Liesl Greathouse MONTROSE-Video nowadays is a key tool for businesses. Whether on TV or through social media, video is becoming a key source for getting the message out about products and services. However, living in a small town limits the amount of video services available to us. That's where Standing Sun Productions comes in. Their video production team works to offer high quality videos to local businesses and non-profits. Standing Sun is a video production company that creates everything from in-house productions to commercial creations for clients. Their in-house productions include feature films, web series, short films, and TV shows. For clients, they create high Continued on pg 6
WILD HORSE DOCUMENTARY SPURS “UNBRANDED” LOYALTY FROM AUDIENCES
By Tanya Ishikawa OURAY–In many ways, Ben Masters is a typical cowboy – a man who speaks only as much as necessary – who answers most interview questions with three words and no more than three short sentences. He is also an award-winning film producer and successful kickstarter.com entrepreneur, whose first film, “Unbranded”, will show at the Wright Opera House fundraiser on Oct. 7. “People love Unbranded,” Masters explained about audience responses to the documentary about four young cowboys who plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada, resulting in a life-changing journey for all. “We expected people to enjoy Unbranded and want Continued on pg 3
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Unbranded tells the story of four young cowboys who plan to adopt, train and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada. Courtesy photo.
Rob writes on the Art of Listening...
Low Flying Knobs at Love Recital Hall!
Swing Dance at the Sherbino!
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COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS...ARTS AND CULTURE LEARN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATING METHODS! Special to Art & Sol MONTROSE-Archaeological Dating Methods, a 15-hour class will be presented by Colorado Assistant State Archaeologist Kevin Black in Montrose Oct. 24th and 25th. The class is part of the Program for Avocational Archaeological Certification (PAAC) offered by History Colorado and the Colorado Archaeological Society. This class is an introduction to archaeological dating methods both past and present. To sign up for this class please contact PAAC Coordinator Beverly Kolkman at [email protected]
LOW FLYING KNOBS TAKE THE STAGE AT LOVE RECITAL HALL Special to Art & Sol GRAND JUNCTION-The tempo inside CMU's Love Recital Hall is sure to be upbeat and sizzling when The Low Flying Knobs take the stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. An all-women's Afro-pop marimba ensemble, The Low Flying Knobs play traditional and contemporary music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, and other areas of the African diaspora. Admission to the concert is free for students and for members of World Affairs Council of Western Colorado; there is a $10 fee for nonmembers. A marimba is a keyboard percussion instrument similar to a xylophone. The group's particular style of marimba was developed in Zimbabwe, based on the ancient marimba and balafon instruments found in other parts of Africa. The music the "Knobs" play is largely influenced by the traditional instrument of Zimbabwe, the mbira The Low Flying Knobs take the stage at CMU’s Love Recital Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. dza vadzimu, or thumb piano. In Courtesy photo. addition to the mbira, the group's instrumentation includes seven marimbas, drums, vocals, hosho (traditional gourd shakers) and percussion. Formed in 1993, this group has performed throughout Colorado at festivals, concert series, art galleries, private parties, schools, libraries, weddings, benefits and corporate events. Past venues include: * Denver Center for Performing Arts * Crested Butte summer concert series * University of Colorado * Denver Art Museum * Regis University * Million Mom March (Denver) * Race for the Cure (Denver) The Low Flying Knobs are committed to supporting women and girls in Zimbabwe, and a portion of the band's proceeds are donated annually to charities working in Zimbabwe to improve daily living conditions and access to education. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is sponsoring this event.
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WILD HORSE DOCUMENTARY SPURS “UNBRANDED” LOYALTY From pg 1 “The plight of the wild horses isn’t a new story necessarily, but the way it is told by Unbranded, woven into this larger human tale of this big adventure is particularly compelling to all ages. You learn, you care and you are entertained,” she explained. Masters said receiving the Audience Award was awesome. “Colorado loves Unbranded,” he said, and he likes Colorado, especially the state’s incredible mountains, good trail networks, and lots of variety in both people and scenery. He will be back in Telluride this week for a showing of the film, which is also slated to show in several other theaters across the state this month. The first-time filmmaker, who is also an accomplished photographer and owner of “Unbranded” premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm in May, where it won the Fin & Fur Films in Bozeman, Montana, Audience Award. The movie screens at Ouray’s Wright Opera House Wednesday, at funded the documentary with a Kickstart7 p.m. The showing is a fundraising event for the Wright. Courtesy photo. er campaign that raised $171,253 in online donations. He has just completed another successful Kickstarter campaign, to learn about the issues the film preat Telluride Mountainfilm, where it won raising more than $161,000 for a docusents. We did not expect people saying the Audience Award. Katie Klingsporn, mentary where he will be associate prothat the film changed their lives and inTelluride Mountainfilm program director, ducer with Unbranded’s director, Phillip spired them beyond words. The movie is a said the audiences selected it because “It Baribeau, and producer, Dennis Aig, also lot better than what I expected it to be is a really fantastic story of an epic adven- on board. The feature-length film, titled way back in the beginning stages,” he ad- ture, and epic adventure tales appeal uni- “Charged”, follows the survival story of mitted. versally to all audiences. It had everything: Chef Eduardo Garcia, who was shocked His favorite part about making the film a great cause, a journey of self discovery, with 2400 volts of electricity in a freak was watching people get inspired to adopt beautiful scenery, and drama. You really incident deep in Montana’s backcountry a mustang or want to go on their own get sucked into that.” and recovers to become an athlete and version of an unbranded journey, said Though Klingsporn does not consider speaker for the Challenged Athletes FounMasters, an experienced horse trainer and herself a horse person and was not sure dation as well as start his own food busipacker with a degree in wildlife biology about whether she would connect with ness, Montana Mex. The filmmakers hope from Texas A&M University, who was also the film, she totally loved it. None of the to finish the project by the summer of one of the riders in the film. festival staff was surprised that it became 2016, submit it to film festivals and then Its United States premiere was last May an audience favorite, she said. release it to the world.
SEEING UNBRANDED AT THE WRIGHT The screening of Unbranded (106 minutes; Rated PG-13) on Wednesday, Oct. 7 is a fundraising event for the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the facility. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the show starts at 7 p.m.
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OURAY MUSEUM NOW ON FALL HOURS Special to Art & Sol OURAY-The Ouray County Historical Museum has begun fall hours. The museum will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday until Saturday, November 14. Following November 14, the museum will be closed for the season and will reopen in April, 2016. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission, $6.00 per adult, $1.00 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. The museum is located at 420 Sixth Avenue in Ouray. For more information, call (970) 325-4576.
ART STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE Special to Art & Sol RIDGWAY-Weehawken Soulshine Studio, an artist cooperative in Ridgway has two membership openings. This is a cooperative arts studio with ceramics equipment. If you are an artist, of any medium, who needs space to create this may be just right for you. PLEASE call Deidra at 970-318-0382 for more information or a studio tour.
MONTROSE VISUAL ARTS GUILD PRESENTS ANNUAL SHOW Special to Art & Sol MONTROSE-Montrose Visual Arts Guild presents its annual show at Camelot Gardens Oct. 9-11. Admission is free. Special show category this year is "Junque" and artists are challenged to include something in the show that captures that theme. Friday and Saturday hours are 9-5. Sunday the show is open from 10-3. Many guild artists are organizing members of the Montrose Center for the Arts. Camelot Gardens is located at 16612 US 550.
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Zack Lawrence is the owner and producer at Standing Sun Productions.
quality TV commercials, web promos, crowdfunding/fundraiser videos, and event videography (parades, seminars, banquets, etc.) Zack Lawrence, Owner/Producer of Standing Sun, brings over a decade of experience in film and video production to the table. “I have been interested in film making since 2004, and my wife and I started Standing Sun Productions in 2009 because we wanted to start doing our own stuff,” he said. “We were in Norwood, but moved to Montrose in 2013. I have done a little bit of everything, including TV shows and independent films, across the country in California, New York, Texas and Colorado.” Standing Sun works to operate as quickly and efficiently as possible, without giving up on the quality of their videos. “We do high quality work,” Lawrence explained. “Just because it's a local commercial does not mean it has to look like a local commercial.” Lawrence emphasizes the importance of video advertising for businesses. “People love videos and everyone watches TV and movies,” he said. “Video advertising is an extremely effective way to get your message out there. We think of so many com-
The Standing Sun Production team on the job. Courtesy images.
panies because of their commercials, like the crazy ones Old Spice does. Video is powerful for identity. The better a video looks and the more creative it is, the more likely people will be to remember the video and the business it promotes. It helps local businesses keep their message or products out there.” The unique angle for Standing Sun comes from a focus on serving local businesses and non-profits, not doing videos for individuals. “Being a business owner myself, I know what business owners need and how we can better service them,” he said. “We bring movie quality skills to everything we do and work to create high quality professional videos that have an impact on the audience.” As a film maker, Lawrence loves to make his own original creations. A couple years ago they did a movie (In His Steps) that was filmed almost entirely in Montrose, which is now available across the country in Christian stores, including Genesis here in Montrose. “That one is near and dear to my heart,” he said. He added, “I also love doing commercials and web promotion videos for clients. With web videos, you are not constrained by a running time, where you cannot go over by even a second. It gives the flexi-
bility and freedom to really get a client's message across.” One difficulty that many professionals face is the misconception that just because you have some basic tools, people can do whatever they want for free. Video production especially is a little more complicated than that. “Some people think that if they have an iPad or camera that they can make their own videos,” Lawrence explained. “But they don't realize how much time goes into making a video. A 30 second commercial often takes days of work to complete. There is so much more training and skill that goes into making something of professional quality and to take something to the next level, more than just turning on an iPad's camera.” With so many elements that go into creating a video, Lawrence enjoys the whole process from start to finish. “My favorite part is being able to do what I love,” he said. “I have not always been able to be a full time film maker. This is my passion and I get to do it day in and day out. I also get to help businesses and non-profits, which is a win/win for me. I get to do what I love doing and help others at the same time.” For more information, call 417-8201 or visit standingsun.com
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THE FINE ART OF ACTIVE LISTENING...SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS! As we have begun our journey into the world of classical music, the word listening has been used frequently. This word is used on purpose as it is not interchangeable with other words, specifically the words hear or hearing. The exploration of any kind of music demands that an individual be an active listener and not someone who is merely passive about the sounds in their environment. Now, you may be asking yourself what is the difference between listening and hearing. Well, there are many differences and it is these important differences that will be the focus of this week’s column. Quite possibly the best example of hearing music is the tunes that are often presented to us in an elevator or when we are put on hold with customer service. The sounds are certainly there but not in a way we would wish. The sounds may even be recognizable as something from our past and even something we may have enjoyed at one point. Hearing music without the pleasure and joy that should come with music is simply hearing. One more example of hearing is needed so we have a reference point from which to switch our conversation to listening. The radio is on while getting ready in the morning or while you are driving to work, it is providing background noise and likely a lowlevel form of entertainment. You may even be singing along and be fully cogni-
zant of what is being played. However, you are still not actively listening. Listening comes when you take the time to stop what you are doing and give your full attention to a piece of recorded or live music. In the case of recorded music, you will want to play a piece more than one time. Listening to the various layers of a piece is something that will need to happen. Active listening will reveal these layers after the first playing of a piece. What does a layer mean? Let us look very briefly at a concerto to answer this question. The instrumental soloist in a concerto is but one layer. Another layer could be the string section (violins, violas, cellos, and basses) and what part they play in the accompaniment. Yet another layer could be an instrumental solo from within the orchestra itself. Most recorded music has layers and the practice of listening does not have to be limited to classical music and opera. Even a single instrument playing has layers. The melody being played by a soloist is telling a story. The dynamics of a solo instrument, the soft and loud sections, are the building blocks of layers and put together they offer a piece of music that has multiple levels and various musical colors. Listening comes when you truly find a piece of music that speaks to you and that you find yourself drawn to in some way. You do not even have to be able to ex-
plain why something that you hear is something that you love. These recorded works never get old and something new is heard no matter how many times a recorded piece is heard. As this column is being written, a few examples are presenting themselves. The melody weaving its way through the second piano concerto by Rachmaninoff, the distinct sawing sound of the entire string section in the third movement of the fifth piano concerto by Beethoven, the three show-stopping arias just in the first act of Puccini’s opera La Boheme. Proper listening is a skill that is learned and that requires practice. You are simply not going to be able to pick out the woodwinds in a symphony and have a conversation about what was being played and why. Recognizing the thematic elements in a symphony by Mozart takes time, patience, and practice. Getting to the point where you understand why listening to J.S. Bach is like listening to mathematics? Yes, practice listening and practice a lot. Acquiring the skill of becoming a proficient listener of music is one of those skills that you want to practice and the practice of this skill will in fact enhance your lifestyle. Think of it as being required to sharpen your food eating or wine drinking skills. Yes, that much fun and that worthwhile.
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COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS...ARTS AND CULTURE BRINGING THE FIELD INTO THE OFFICE: GIS IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Dr. Dave Batten, Courtesy photo.
Special to Art & Sol GRAND JUNCTION-KAFM Life Long Learning presents “Bringing the field into the office: the use of GIS in archaeological research” Oct. 7th, 2015 at 6 PM. Find out what a GIS map is, and how you get the GIS to discover aspects of a landscape that are of interest to archaeologists and urban planners. Dr. Dave Batten will talk about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how they can be useful to archaeologists in a variety of ways. A GIS is essentially a high-tech map that also includes a wide variety of data, making it a combination of map and database. This permits the user to analyze the relationships between locations in a variety of ways. Dave will discuss three of GIS many uses. First will be least cost pathways, which use topography and other physical and cultural characteristics to find the most efficient route between two places. These can help us find prehistoric paths, but they can also help us figure out what kinds of contacts existed between sites. Second, Dave ex-
plores one of the many uses of viewshed analysis: how much of the landscape around a point would we be able to see if we were standing on that point? What high points (i.e. peaks or buttes) can be seen from both of two observation sites that can't see each other? This might allow us to find signaling stations that allow people in two settlements to communicate with each other (in the absence of cell-phone towers). Third, Dave explores the use the hydrology tools of a GIS to analyze the location of artifact scatters. We often define clusters of artifacts as sites, but do we really know that these clusters were created directly by human activity? Finally, though GIS systems are powerful tools for analyzing physical and cultural landscapes, they are very susceptible to the complaint: “garbage in, garbage out.” We must be certain we understand the limitations of GIS and use them in such a way that they inform rather than misleading us. Tickets are free, but we are accepting donations. A suggested $5 will help your local community radio. Contact us at (970) 241-8801, Ext 0 or online at www.kafmradio.org with questions and/or donations. The Radio Room is located at 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Radio Room Concert Series Radio Room concert series are held in the KAFM Radio Room, located at 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO. The Radio Room is a live music venue in an intimate environment, with only 75 seats and great acous-
tics. KAFM Community Radio is a public access radio station serving Mesa County in Western Colorado. KAFM has been onair since 1999 and is programmed by a passionate staff of over 150 volunteers. Lifelong Learning Series These are lectures and presentations that we present in the Radio Room on a regular basis. They are part of a lifelong learning initiative involving storytelling, theatre and lectures. Topics have included: a young man who spent a year in Antarctica, a Marine One helicopter pilot telling stories of his years at the White House, a presentation on the Burning Man Festival along with a fire dance exhibition in our parking lot, a program of a staged reading of a new play along with interactive feedback with the playwright, a lecture and demonstration on naturopathic medicine and a storytelling/musical performance by John Winn, a musician who was part of the folk revolution in New York City during the 1960s with the likes of Bob Dylan and Judy Collins. The Gallery at the Radio Room Located in the Radio Room at KAFM, 1310 Ute Avenue, the Gallery at the Radio Room features the work of some of the area's finest artists. Works in every medium are represented in ongoing exhibitions throughout the year. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and at all events at the Radio Room. The Gallery is also open by appointment. Call 241-8801, ext. 223 to arrange an appointment. A portion of all gallery sales benefit KAFM Community Radio.
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SHERBINO ART BAR: DAY OF THE DEAD Special to Art & Sol RIDGWAY-Get ancestral with Kellie Day and make snazzy super fun skull art 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Sherbino Theater (604 Clinton Street) in Ridgway. Create your own handmade, Skull Stamp that you'll be able to use over and over again. Then get funky with decorative papers, patterns, and different types of media to create your own, unique 6" x 6" Day of the Dead mini painting on wood panels. $35 for this class includes supplies and one drink of your choice. Preregistration is highly encouraged!!!
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Hold the Date! Upcoming Cultural Events ONGOINGTHE OURAY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM has begun fall hours. The museum will be open to the public Thursday through Saturday until Saturday, Nov. 14. Following Nov. 14, the museum will be closed for the season and will reopen in April, 2016. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission, $6 per adult, $1 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. The museum is located at 420 Sixth Avenue in Ouray. For more information, call (970) 325-4576. THE ALPINE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB meets every second Tuesday at St Mary's Catholic Church in the St Paul Room, 1855 St Mary’s Drive, Montrose. The Public is welcome to attend. For more information, email [email protected] FREE JAM SESSION AND SING ALONG, Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center. MONTROSE FARMERS MARKET– Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. -1pm, Centennial Plaza. FIRST FRIDAY STROLLS MONTROSE DOWNTOWN —Monthly from 5:30 p.m.-8p.m. Artist Demonstrations, Free Wine Tastings, and in-store promotional events! MONTROSE HISTORICAL MUSEUM-“Montrose County Historical Society Presents” is held at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in the Pioneer Room of Friendship Hall, 1001 N. 2nd St. The public is invited to free programs based on topics of regional history. For more information please call 249-2085. MONTROSE STAMP (PHILATELIC) CLUB meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 420 Alta Lakes Dr. from 7-8pm. For Beginners to Pros! Please contact Brenda Moureaux at 970-765-6948 for more information. TAIZE-STYLE SERVICES OF MUSIC, PRAYER AND MEDITATION on Scripture are offered on the first Thursday of the month, except June, July and August, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All are welcome. Montrose United Methodist Church. MONTHLYOct. 7-8-DMEA Member Appreciation Days , from 10 am to 3 pm at the Read Service Center, 21191 H75 Road, Delta, CO, and on Oct. 8, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Montrose Headquarters, 11925 6300 Road, Montrose. Oct. 7-Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli Forum, 8 to 9 a.m. Paul Paladino to present on Montrose Regional Library Mil levy increase request. Coffee is $1. Oct. 7-Resource Fair for Families of Children with Disabilities to be held from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Montrose Fair Grounds. There will be free food, adaptive technology suggestions, and information available to all families of children with special needs who attend. Oct. 7-The film “Unbranded” to show at Ouray’s Wright Opera House, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. www.wrightoperahouse.org. Oct. 7--6:30 p.m. - Auditions for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Rabbit Hole", by David Lindsay-Abaire, at Magic Circle Theatre, 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. Five actors are needed: two males, a teenager around 17 and one around 30 years; three females, upper 20s to lower 30s, early 30s, and 50s-60s. Profanity in all roles except the 17-year-old male. For information: 2497838, www.magiccircleplayers.com. Oct. 8--6:30 p.m. - Auditions for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning drama "Rabbit Hole", by David Lindsay-Abaire, at Magic Circle Theatre, 420 S. 12th St., Montrose. Five actors are needed: two males, a teenager around 17 and one around 30 years; three females, upper 20s to lower 30s, early 30s, and 50s-60s. Profanity in all roles except the 17-year-old male. For information: 2497838, www.magiccircleplayers.com. Oct. 9-11--Montrose Visual Arts Guild presents its annual show at Camelot Gardens Oct. 9-11. Admission is free. Special show category this year is "Junque" and artists are challenged to include something in the show that captures that theme. Friday and Saturday hours are 9-5. Sunday the show is open from 10-3. Many guild artists are organizing members of the Montrose Center for the Arts. Camelot Gardens is located at 16612 US 550. Oct. 10-Tri-River Area Extension annual Tree Auction and Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2775 Hwy 50 Grand Junction. Oct. 10-Sixth Annual Pumpkin Decorating Event, 58380 Jig Road. Donations are encouraged and appreciated. Benefit for “Before You Hate Think of Cait.” 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free pumpkins for kids, hot dogs and chile, dutch oven dessert. Bobbing for apples, Music by Bar D Wranglers. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10-Montrose Farmers Market Harvest Festival, featuring music by Stosch, Good Times Music Co.. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farm Fresh Luncheon Fundraiser 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10-SoBo Four to perform at the Lark and Sparrow. Reservations required. www.thelarkandsparrow.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-Annual Blessing of the Animals, 11 a.m. in Lions Park, 602 North Nevada. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Montrose Animal Protection Agency. All animals and pet children are welcome if they are well behaved. They should be on a leash or in their owner’s arms. Children may bring stuffed animals to be blessed and photos of pets or deceased pets are also welcome to be blessed. The Blessing of the Animals is a community outreach project of the Spiritual Awareness Center. For more information call 252-0908. Oct. 14-Olathe Community Fall Festival and College Planning Night, Olathe Middle High School, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16-17-Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow live on-stage radio production at the Wright Opera House, 7: 30 p.m. The Wright Opera House. 970.325.4399. phone http://thewrightoperahouse.org.
Leslie Jones shared this delightful image from AppleFest in Cedaredge this past weekend, above. Below left, pumpkins on display at the Montrose Farmers Market, which celebrates its Fall Festival Oct. 10.