Work on the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC) is progressing rapidly. Last week, David Starr, vice president of the GMAEC board, conducted a tour of the building for board members and Town of Cedaredge officials. Standing in the center's evolving auditorium, Starr invited this "first audience" to look beyond the construction materials and imagine the excitement of the center's opening night. If fundraising -- which has already eclipsed $100,000 -- continues to advance, the center will host its first production in summer 2018. Donors have until the end of this month to double the value of their gifts by taking advantage of an offer from Bank of Colorado to match January donations up to $5,000. The next GMAEC fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 14. Tickets are available for "A Sweet-Art Evening" at Starr's Guitars and Reve Portraits in Cedaredge.