Benchtalk: May 5, 2017

Local woman receives Governor’s Creative Leadership Award!

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced this week that Maryo Gard Ewell of Gunnison, Aaron Abeyta of Antonito, and Damon McLeese of Denver were selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards. Maryo Gard Ewell of the Gunnison Community Foundation was selected in the arts and community action category for her lifelong commitment locally and nationally to arts and community building, particularly in small and rural communities. The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the state’s creative landscape through civic leadership and volunteerism including advocacy, vision, collaboration and innovation. Congrats to Maryo!

Lacrosse fundraiser this Sunday

West Elk Lacrosse is holding a fundraiser this Sunday May 7 from 5-7 p.m at the Gourmet Noodle. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under It includes pasta, salad, bread and soda.

Holocaust survivor to speak at Crested Butte Community School

Crested Butte Community School and B’nai Butte Congregation are pleased to welcome Eric Cahn, a Holocaust survivor.  On Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. they will host a community dinner in the CBCS Multi-Purpose Room followed by Eric’s presentation at 7 p.m. This catered event is free and generously sponsored by B’nai Butte.  RSVP is required.  Please email Leslie at by May 12th to attend.

Pallet Party “Celebrations” at the GAC

The community will be celebrating and you can, too, at the Gunnison Arts Center, as you create a unique piece of art on a pre-assembled wood pallet, great to give as a gift or make one to keep. No experience is necessary. The event is on Saturday, May 6. From 6 to 9 p.m. for $40 per person, which includes all supplies. A cash bar will be available. Celebrating Western State Colorado University and Gunnison High School grads, this pallet party will give options to use names, class dates, and school pride colors. Pre-registration is required. Register at, (970) 641-4029 or 102 S. Main St.

Writer’s Master Class: Write to be Read

Write to be Read, a one-day writer’s master class/workshop at the Gunnison Arts Center will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is perfect for writers with works in progress—from memoirs and novels to short stories and essays—who want to grow the quality of their writing. Award-winning writer and WritingStrides founder Alissa Johnson will cover the most common mistakes she sees in writing styles and the qualities that will make your writing stand out, from strong point of view to quality descriptions and believable character development. Writers are invited to bring their work in progress. Visit for registration information.


May 4- Nick Spallone, Donita Reitz, Sally Hall, Trippe Sproull

May 5- Jeff Burgess, Tyler Martineau, Tom Stillo, Niki Schroer, Dom Eymere, Chris Gray, Eugene DeStefano, Kay Gentry

May 6- Sherrie Vandervoort, Chris Sharpe, Steve Glazer, Lissy Anderson, Jamie Booth, Megan McGarity

May 7- Kate Barney, Erica Kelleher, Ayla Cottrell, Katie Hatlem, Chuck Shaw, Marissa Lambert, Erica Rasmussen

May 8- Frog Gifford, Michele Lambert, Jackson Reamer, Catherine Washburn, Diane Folowell

May 9- Oz Osmundson, Frankie Baum, Chris Sahr, Peter Carey

May 10- LaDonna Largo, Kim Bednar, Lizard, Emma Bode, Hailey Loeffler,
Izzy Calligan, George Eaton

LUNCH BEAT: Cassie and Ruby Pence got their groove on at the Crested Butte Library Lunch Beat with tunes provided by KBUT’s DJ Jackson Petito on Monday, May 1. photo by Lydia Stern
BEER AND POLITICS: State Senator Kerry Donovan discussed politics with Crested Butte locals at the Eldo last Saturday.
photo by Petar Dopchev
COFFEE TALK: The Crested Butte Library “Coffee with the Community” gathering featured Gunnison County Commissioner John Messner last Thursday, April 27. photo by Petar Dopchev

Cameo Question: How do you like your coffee?

Bart Stuchlik
Mark Cram
Tall, dark and nutty
Alex Albers
Dark, bitter and too hot for you.
Kylee Hoaglund
I like my coffee like my Columbian women – sweet, strong, hot and full of love.
Alok Remza

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