Community Partnerships Arts and Culture

Community Partnerships Gallery

The Community Partnerships Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting a large variety of community art and crafts from across the entire San Luis Valley. Every month a new exhibit is held where local artists and craftspeople have the opportunity to show and sell their work. The gallery is on the corner of Main and Edgemont Streets in Alamosa. The Community Partnerships Gallery is open M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Artists: If you are interested in participating in any upcoming shows, please send an artist's statement and photos of your artwork to: asu_bsc@adams.edu

“Every Picture Tells a Story” Exhibit @ ASU Community Partnerships

A book full of colorful illustrations and an exciting story will inspire every child’s imagination and fill their world with wonder. For the month of April, ASU Community Partnerships Gallery will be hosting five wonderful children’s book artists. Both authors and illustrators, these artists seek to fill the minds of children with hope and wonder. Artists shown in this month’s exhibit include: Emerita Romero-Anderson, a San Luis Valley Native and author of the children’s book, The Milagro of the Spanish Bean Pot and winner of The Western Heritage Book Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book; Randy Pijoan, well-known San Luis artist and illustrator of Ms. Romero-Anderson’s book; Judith Stone and Mark Niederquell, the author and the illustrator of Billie the Buffalo Books featuring the San Luis Valley; and Amy Cordova, talented illustrator of many award winning children’s books.

These artists works are being shown together to express the importance of cultural education combined with creativity. ASU Community Partnerships continues to reach out to our community, including children; demonstrating that the arts are important to create the urge to learn, create, and grow.

The Children’s Book Exhibit will be held from April 3rd through the 30th at the ASU Community Partnerships Gallery (On the corner of Edgemont and Main Street in Alamosa, CO). The exhibit will be open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Join us for a reception and books signings with all the artists on Friday, April 13th from 4-6pm for some great art, delicious munchies, and a chance to meet with the artists. For more gallery information please call (719) 587-8209 or email us at jolliffkg@adams.edu.

Past Shows

May- ASU Community Partnerships Hosts Centauri School Artwork

ASU Community Partnerships invites you to the Centauri School Art Students’ Exhibit. Kristen Riccatone, a Centauri teacher, has collected current works of students ranging from eighth graders to seniors encompassing all genres of art. Artworks of students will be two dimensional and three dimensional works including, painting, scratchboard, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, fibers, batik and much more. The exhibit will show the variety and individuality of the student’s works. The Exhibit is being held in the ASU Community Partnerships Gallery, on Adams State University Campus. Come support and enjoy the artwork of the students in our community. The exhibit will be open Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 20th, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Family and friends of the student artists, as well as all community members are invited to the reception on Friday, May 13th, 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit and reception are free and open to all. ASU Community Partnerships is located on Adam State University’s campus at the corner of Main and Edgemont Blvd in Alamosa. Call 719.587.8209 or 719.587.7869 with questions.

June-Women Potters of the San Luis Valley

This exhibit will feature the San Luis Valley's female potters throughout the month of June. This exhibit is possible with the support of local artist Terry Ruggles.

April - ASU Community Partnerships holds an 'Ability' Exhibit

ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting an exhibit for artists with unique challenges. These artists and their creations take on another form. They challenge the usual notions of ability by asking more of the audience through understanding and connection. It is a way to help everyone remember that the extraordinary is achievable.

The "Ability Art" Exhibit will feature work from local artists in the San Luis Valley, showcasing pieces ranging from beautiful paintings to well-crafted woodcrafts. Every artist in the exhibit will have a visible or invisible challenge that they live with. People that have these challenges everyday excite a variety of emotions. It is hard to fully comprehend what some of these people might be going through, but the beauty they create shows inspiration for them and others. There is richness in their artwork that forces everyone to reach higher than their limits.

This exhibit will be in the ASU Community Partnerships gallery, on the corner of Main St. and Edgemont Blvd., from April 4th to April 29th. It will be open on the weekdays from 9a.m. to 5p.m. The reception for this exhibit will be held on Friday, April 22nd, from 4-6 p.m. If you have any questions call 587-8209, 587-7869 or email asu_bsc@adams.edu.

Southern Colorado Film Commission entices film producers

The Southern Colorado (SoCo) Film Commission has and will continue to attract the film production industry to the San Luis Valley. A database of locations is one of the most effective tools a film commission can use to entice producers. Many movies, television, and commercial productions have been created in the San Luis Valley, such as; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Where in the Hell is that Gold, What If, Thirty Sports in Thirty Days and much more. The SoCo group is currently developing a record of photos in the San Luis Valley which covers the great diversity of its locations.

The Southern Colorado Film Commission is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing more activity from the film industry to the San Luis Valley. The film industry is a relatively clean industry, and spends large amounts of money on local communities where they film. SoCo brings the San Luis Valley to the eyes of production companies by representing the Valley at location expos, providing location scouting services and respond to inquiries received through the Colorado’s Commission outreach.

During March, ASU Community Partnerships will aid SoCo by using their gallery space to attract more producers with photos of behind the scene film productions, and portfolios of potential film locations. The exhibit will open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm, March 1st and end on April 1st. There will be a reception on April 1st between 4pm and 6pm with free food and drinks. There will also be raffle tickets for sale on an Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade poster signed by Harrison Ford. This exhibit is open to everyone and is located on the corner of Main St. and Edgemont. For any further questions call 587-8209 or 587-7869.

Tattoo and Grafitti Art Exhibit

Tattoos and graffiti have existed since ancient times by creating marks on walls or on the skin. These forms of artwork originally began in tribal rituals or in ancient Greek architecture. These styles of artwork have lasted for generations and evolved into a cultural art form that often has a social or political message and is a deeply personal form of artistic expression. This evolution has created many modern types of graffiti and tattooing styles. Many local San Luis Valley artists carry on these art forms through business or on the street through commissions. Arthur Ortega, a San Luis tattooist said, “People need artwork, it can be any type. It makes people smile.” ASU Community Partnerships wants to celebrate these styles of artwork by hosting a Tattoo and Graffiti exhibit in the month of February. This exhibit will run from Tuesday, February 1st to Friday, February 25th. There will be a reception on Friday, February 25th from 4pm to 6pm. The gallery will be open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and is located on the corner of Main St. and Edgemont Blvd.

San Luis Valley Jewelry Exhibit

ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting the San Luis Valley Jewelry Exhibit to kick off their 2011 community art exhibits. The Exhibit will run from Friday, January 10 through Friday, January 28, 2011. The Valley Jewelry Exhibit will feature the work of local jewelry makers from the San Luis Valley. A wide range of metal smiths and bead artists will be highlighted, including copper, gold and silver metal smithing, along with antique and unique beading. Come visit the Valley Jewelry Exhibit, learn more about the work done by jewelers in the Valley, and receive more information about the jewelry organization. All are invited to the Exhibit Reception on Friday, January 21, 2011 from 4pm to 6pm at ASU Community Partnerships; the event is open and free to all. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The Exhibit and Reception are being held at ASU Community Partnerships which is located on the Adams State campus on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont Blvd in Alamosa, CO. Call 587.8209 or 587.7869 with questions.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Exhibit

Arts and Crafts people are invited to sell their work at ASU Community Partnerships 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show. The show is geared towards people who are looking for a handmade, affordable gift for the holiday season.

ASU Community Partnerships would like to feature a wide variety of work made from:

  • Fiber Arts (including, knitting, crochet, weaving)
  • Pottery
  • Paper making
  • Woodworking
  • Metal work
  • Holiday ornaments of all kinds
  • or any other handmade items.

All items must be offered for sale, with a maximum price of fifty ($50) dollars or less. Please consider that a commission of 20% of sales is required for Community Partnerships’ ability to sustain gallery operations, so price your items accordingly. All works must be handmade. The reception will be held on Dec. 17th from 4pm to 6pm.

To submit work for this year’s Holiday Craft Exhibit to be held December (Wednesday, Dec. 1st - Monday, Dec. 20th), completed registration and images must be Nov 26th. Enter your art and crafts by completing the following form.

You may also enter by emailing asu_bsc@adams.edu or stop by Community Partnerships (Corner of Main Street & Edgemont Blvd) or call 587-7869. Please note all work must be handmade. A digital photo, along with the entry form, should be submitted. If you cannot submit a digital photo, please contact Community Partnerships for alternative arrangements.

Veterans Dedication Exhibit

As the building ASU Community Partnerships uses was originally dedicated to American Military Veterans, Labor Day 2010 will see the re-dedication of this building, to follow its recent remodeling. In celebration of this, ASU Community Partnerships will be holding an exhibit honoring the service of veterans throughout the month of November. All works in these exhibits will be centered around aspects of the life and culture of the American military veteran.

Hispanic Cultural Art Exhibit

ASU Community Partnerships will feature an art exhibit entitled “Hispanic Cultural Arts” during the month of October. October is nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month. The exhibit will blend historical Hispanic arts and crafts from the Luther Bean Museum with modern day works from private collections of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico artisans. ‘Bultos,’ ‘Retablos,’ ‘Santos’ and Rio Grande Weavings which originated from the 1800’s will be displayed beside current interpretations of this cultural art. Community Partnerships is hosting this exhibit to illustrate the richness and evolution of Hispanic art. The art work demonstrates the importance of storytelling for the people who made them and the value of traditions.

This exhibit, which honors the importance of heritage in general, will open Oct. 4th through Oct. 29th at Community Partnerships gallery. The gallery is open from 9am-5pm and is free to the public. Reception will be held Friday, Oct. 29th from 4-6pm. ASU Community Partnerships is located on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont Boulevard in Alamosa, CO. This event will be one of many activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage month on the Adams State University campus.

For more information, contact ASU Community Partnerships at (719) 587-7869 or 587-8209.

Autumn at Adams: The Examined Life

September 6th through September 30th, the Autumn at Adams events committee will be holding an art show in ASU Community Partnership's gallery. The show will feature works from artists throughout the university and community, all centered on the theme of the Examined Life. The reception will be held on Friday, September 17th, from 4-6 p.m.

3rd Annual Recycle Arts and Crafts Exhibit

To start the college year, Adams State University students strutted their stuff in outfits made from recycled materials at Community Partnerships' annual Recycle Art & Fashion Show event. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of what we discard on a regular basis and how we can reduce, recycle and reuse that material. The outfits were made by local community members including Adams State students and staff. Artwork made from recycled material was also featured in the event.

The models were students: Amy Scavezze, Raven Raguindin, Emily Ballinger, Lauren McEvoy, Dora Vigil, Mary-Kate McDonald, Gelek Lhamo, Rachel Raguindin and Emeritus Professor, Dr. Ted McNeilsmith. The outfits featured various materials including discarded plastic farm twine, discarded CDs, magazines, packing peanuts and plastic grocery bags, bottle caps.

Along with this annual event, ASU Community Partnerships provides ongoing programs that support our environment such as their E.A.R.T.H. Reusable Bag Initiative, bottle cap recycling through collaborating with Aveda Corporation and printer cartridge and cell phone recycling.

Doors to the Future exhibit and Silent Auction

ASU Community Partnerships invites you to “Doors to the Future” Exhibit, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 through Wednesday, June 30, 2010. This Exhibit incorporates local community members, organizations, and artists to complete doors with a future. Inspired by the opportunity to collaborate with a number of local organizations and artists and benefit local non-profit organizations, Doors to the Future pulls together artwork, recycling, and many individuals to present a focus on the future; a positive and hopeful future. Twelve different organizations and individuals have joined in to turn an old door into artwork. The participants are: the Alamosa Boys and Girls Club, ASU Community Partnerships, Blue Peaks Day Services, Colorado State Veterans Center, Jenna Meyer, Jennifer Kinyon and Aleesha Riley, New Beginnings, PALS (a Children’s Program of La Puente), Penny and Bev, Sandy Ortega and Legion of Mary, The Suazo Family, and Tuvasana Soma and Friends.

All the doors will be available in a silent auctioned to benefit local non-profits – ASU Community Partnerships Gallery, a non-profit organization, and another non-profit organization of the artists’ choosing. The silent auction will run the duration of the exhibit. Come support our local organizations and artists!

The Exhibit reception will be Friday, June 4, 2010 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. All are invited to come to the reception to view the exhibit, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and support these organizations through the silent auction. Both the Exhibit and reception will be at ASU Community Partnerships Gallery (corner of Main St. and Edgemont Blvd. in Alamosa, CO). Call 719.587.8227 with questions.

Missions of the Upper Rio Grande

In association with Ventero Press, ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting an exhibit centered around art featuring the San Luis Valley's churches. The exhibit will be up from Monday, July 9th, to Friday, July 30th, with an opening reception on July 9th from 4:30-6:30. This show consists of a private collection featuring works from artists such as Mary Mueller, Fran Dodds, and Randy Pijoan.

 

K-12 Collaborative Project

This project, held in May, will see various works from students of Alamosa's schools.

Valley Art Teacher Show

Following the success of the Art Teacher Show of 2009, Community Partnerships will once again be inviting art teachers from schools throughout the San Luis Valley to show their work in the Community Partnerships Gallery. This show will be held through the month of April, and will feature a works in a variety of mediums, such as paintings, photography, and sculpture.

Light, Color, and Time Are Different Here

The Community Partnerships Gallery will feature the LUNA program of San Acacio, CO during the month of March. This exhibit will give community members the opportunity to become artists themselves, with a number of stations set up with artist's materials and techniques for anyone to use. Anyone who makes art through this exhibit may either take it home, or have it displayed in the exhibit. Three artists from the San Acacio area will additionally be displaying their work in this exhibit.

Spinning Exhibit

ASU Community Partnerships hosts A Spinning Exhibit in their community gallery, February 2 through February 25, 2010.

The Spinning Exhibit highlights the process and heritage of spinning. Spinning is the process of turning wool from sheep and other animals into a workable form, primarily yarn, to create clothing, weavings, and more. Spinning has strong roots in the Southwest with many accomplished spinners and weavers, and sheep ranchers here in the San Luis Valley. The Exhibit features spinning wheels, examples of different fibers and yarns, the dyeing process, as well as other items courtesy of spinners from around the Valley.

Join Community Partnerships in celebrating the heritage and culture of spinning—come learn more about the process of spinning. The Spinning Exhibit Reception will be held Friday, February 19, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm. Highlighted at the reception will be spinning demonstrations by several local spinners.

The reception, spinning demonstrations and exhibit will be at ASU Community Partnerships (Corner of Main Street and Edgemont Boulevard, Alamosa, CO) and are free and open to all. The ASU Community Partnerships community gallery is funded by Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA). Please call 719.587.8227 with questions.

San Luis Valley Holiday Crafts

ASU Community Partnerships is hosting a Holiday Craft Show. The show will run the month of December in Community Partnership’s gallery. The theme is “Holiday and Celebration”. We will create a wonderland to celebrate gift giving even in the trying economic state we find ourselves in at the present time. The questions are how to celebrate, feel the joy of the season, and enjoy holiday spirit without breaking the bank! We feel we have the solution.

San Luis Valley Jewelry Guild Show


ASU Community Partnerships will be hosting the debut of the San Luis Valley Jewelry Exhibit to kick off their 2010 community art exhibits. The Exhibit will run from Monday, January 11 through Thursday, January 28, 2010.

The Valley Jewelry Exhibit will feature the work of local jewelry makers from the San Luis Valley. A wide range of jewelry metal smiths and bead artists will be highlighted, including copper, gold and silver metal smithing, along with antique and unique beading. The Exhibit is also an inaugural event and outreach opportunity for members of a newly formed jewelry networking organization. The purpose of the group is to increase sales opportunities, share resources and ideas, and learn from one another as a jewelry guild.

Come visit the Valley Jewelry Exhibit, learn more about the work done by jewelers in the Valley, and receive more information about the jewelry organization. All are invited to the Exhibit Reception on Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm at ASU Community Partnerships; the event is open and free to all. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. The Exhibit and Reception are located at ASU Community Partnerships on the Adams State campus at the corner of Main Street and Edgemont Blvd in Alamosa, CO. Call 587.8227 with questions.

Weaving Exhibit

Recycled Product Expo


Back by popular demand, ASU Community Partnerships is hosting the 2nd annual Recycle Art Exhibit and Fashion Show during the month of November (November 2nd through November 25, 2009). In conjunction with America Recycles Day, the Recycle Art Exhibit features work by artists and crafts people from around the San Luis Valley. The exhibit highlights the use of recycled, re-used, or re-purposed materials.

Paired with the Exhibit will be a reception and Recycle Fashion Show on Friday, November 13, 2009 from 4-6pm. The fashion show will begin at 5pm. ASU students will model outfits and accessories they and community volunteers made from recycled material. Come join us for the Exhibit, reception, and fashion show to see the creative uses of recycled materials and ways to be more innovative with discarded materials. Learn about ways to reduce waste and re-purpose material.

The Exhibit, reception, and fashion show are all held at the ASU Community Partnerships building on the ASU Campus (Corner of Main and Edgemont Blvd in Alamosa, CO). Contact Community Partnerships at 719.587.8227 with questions.

Dia de los Muertos

Transformations Begin Here

In celebration of the Day of the Dead, Adams State University Community Partnerships is hosting "Remembrance: Dia de los Muertos" exhibit throughout the month of October in their art gallery. The Exhibit will feature memorials of lost loved ones of families from the San Luis Valley.

Day of the Dead is a traditional, well-known time of remembrance for families and the loved ones they have lost. With roots in Mexico and Latin America, this day is celebrated throughout the world. The Exhibit will be open Thursday, October 1 through Friday, October 30, 2009. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm.

In conjunction with the Day of the Dead exhibit, there will be a book signing for author Kathy T. Hettinga's book, Grave Images of the San Luis Valley (Photos and text by Hettinga). The signing and exhibit reception will be at the ASU Community Partnerships gallery Tuesday, October 20 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm. ASU Community Partnerships is located in Alamosa at the corner of Main and Edgemont Blvd. Call 587-7230 with questions.


From August 4th to August 28th, 2009, ASU Community Partnerships is showcasing the works of local weavers in the 3rd Annual "Weavers of the Valley" exhibit. The exhibit celebrates the cultural diversity of the valley, showcasing a wide variety of styles from weavers of varying backgrounds. The show is freely available to the public Monday-Wednesday, 9-5, at the Community Partnerships Gallery on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont. An artist's reception will be held on Thursday, August 20th, from 4-6 p.m.

This show is part of the Autumn at Adams Festivities, continuing the event's theme of transformations and bringing it into artistic form. Many art pieces will be on display from both the students and the community. Please check this page for more information on both the show and Autumn at Adams as a whole. The show will be open starting September 1st and ending on September 30th, 2009. Artwork will be collected on August 26, 27th, and 28th.

Novela Project Art Exhibit

From June 17th to July 17th, ASU Community Partnerships will host an exhibit centered around the Novela Project. The Novela Project seeks to gather the written and oral history of the San Luis Valley in an effort to identify and display the local culture, culminating in a stage production about the history of the SLV. The works shown at the exhibit are representations of the Novela Project's goals, showing strongly the unique culture of the valley. A reception is being held on July 10th, 2009, from 3-7 p.m.

Art Teacher Show

ASU Community Partnerships will be featuring the art work of art teachers from around the Valley in the Art Teacher Art Show during the month of May. While students have many venues to display their artwork, our teachers have fewer options. Stop by ASU Community Partnerships Gallery and view the wonderful work of these teachers. After all, before they were teachers they were artists... Introduce your friends and family to the creative work done by our teachers. Work from art teachers around the Valley will be featured; many of the Valley's schools will be represented in the show. The show is located at ASU Community Partnerships building (Adams State Campus, corner of Main and Edgemont Blvd.) and will open Wednesday, May 6th 2009 and run through Tuesday, May 26th 2009. A reception for the show will be held Thursday, May 14 from 4pm-6pm. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Come enjoy the artwork and support our local teachers/artists!

Climate Change Art Challenge

Adams State University Community Partnerships invites you to attend the Opening Reception for the Climate Change Challenge Art Show, March 28th from 11am-2pm. The Climate Change Challenge art exhibit will feature San Luis Valley high school students' artistic responses to the question, "What does climate change mean to you?" Come enjoy refreshments, view the exhibit, and meet the artists. Also featured at the reception will be Melissa Larson, long time recycling advocate from Taos, NM. Melissa will be working with Community Partnerships and community members to create a "Waste Quilt," using cast off materials, which will be used for education throughout the San Luis Valley. Bring your friends and family and join us in adding your own creations to the quilt! The Art Exhibit and Opening Reception will be located at the ASU Community Partnerships Building (Corner of Main and Edgemont in Alamosa). The Climate Change Challenge Show will be open from March 28-April 30, 2009. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

No More Starving Artists Exhibit

Exhibit: February 14th until March 13, 2009

Featured Valley Artists:

  • Caitlin Whitten
  • Donna Batzer
  • Jackie Rheaume
  • Kevin Jenkins
  • Nathan Peloquin
  • Cheryl Scherzer
  • Ellen Hanson
  • Jen Weaver
  • Marian Schlagbaum
  • Allan McConnell, Instructor


Current Goals

  • Bring the San Luis Valley's unique history and culture to light in an artistic manner
  • Promoting advocacy and collaboration between Valley art organizations and art supporters
  • Providing business support workshops and counseling for artists
  • Connecting local artists with available resources
  • Providing a venue for community artists
  • Developing additional exhibit opportunities for local artists



San Luis Valley Arts and Culture

ASU Community Partnerships and New Beginnings Art Project

Community Partnerships partnered with New Beginnings with an art project idea that would promote their program through their "Creative Tuesdays" mental wellness class. Centerpieces would be hand made for the Rural Philanthropy Days that takes place in the Valley only once in four years. We paid for the art supplies, provided instruction and coordinated the concept through Philanthropy Day planning committee.

New Beginnings is a branch of the San Luis Valley Mental Health Center in Alamosa, Colorado, working with people who have chronic and persistent mental illness and those who have found that for some reason their lives have been put on hold and are trying hard to create a life that works for them. The Creative Expressions Class offers each student an opportunity to learn and to practice using their creativity to become a better problem solver. Finally, this class is specifically designed to enhance and to enrich each student's personal life.

Result: Centerpieces got great responses at the event and founders were interested in buying them. New Beginnings is interested in working with us in developing a social enterprise around their "Creative Tuesdays" class to teach clients entrepreneurialism, promote their program and bring in program income for sustainability and diversification of funding.