RIDGWAY – The Saloon Salon, a mini-seminar series created by the Colorado Art Ranch, is coming for the second time to the Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery in Ridgway next Sunday, Jan. 30, from 12-2 p.m.
The Art Ranch is nomadic; it has no physical address, no home. But its members, according to Ridgway watercolor artist Meredith Nemirov, “organize events in rural areas of Colorado in donated spaces. They are looking for ways to start conversations in smaller communities that might not support a whole weekend seminar.”
The topic of conversation for this Saloon Salon is “Dwellings.” Speakers will be Ridgway architect Sundra Hines, and Gerrie and Rusty Weaver. Hines will talk about designing for Ridgway’s history and climate, how “architecture can speak to the environment and in turn use the environment . . . to create a sustainable marriage.”
The Weavers will discuss their experience building and living in an earthship home.
Everyone is welcome. Bring a lunch if you want, said Nemirov. A $10 donation is suggested.
This is the second Saloon Salon at the Colorado Boy. The first one was in October and also focused on the topic of dwellings. Dan and Emma Kiger talked about their yurt business. They had a special perspective; they started their first canvas-shelter business in the 1980s in the Sherbino Building, laying out and sewing tipis on the wooden floor of this very same space.
Also participating in the first Ridgway Salon was poet, linguist and organic fruit grower Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, who read poems about home.
Each mini-seminar around the state is engaging the same general subject matter, Nemirov said. “The idea is to try to generate buzz for a three-day ‘Artposium’ in Salida, May 27-29.” That event will be called “Dwellings: Habitat, Symbol & Art.”
Previous artposia have explored topics as diverse as food (“Dinner Stories,” Delta County, Sept. 2009), sex (“Sex and Sensibility,” Trinidad, May 2009) and humor (“What’s So Funny About Art?” Denver, Oct. 2008).
Nemirov got involved with Art Ranch when she saw an ad for a Durango artposium on “Mapping in the Arts: Ways of Seeing.” “I couldn’t attend, but I got in touch with the founder Grant Pound. He’s an artist and designer who lives in Arvada. And now we have a group in Ouray County.
“I have to say that Sandy and Tom Hennessey were so immediately generous in donating their space in the Sunday hours before the pub opens to the public.”
A comment on the Art Ranch website refers to the nomadic events as “think fests.”