The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia has welcomed four new faces on board in recent months.
Craig Bachmann and Patricia Naft join the board of directors. They replace outgoing president James Schott and treasurer Judy Martin.
Bachmann studied fine arts at Montclair State University and studied improvisation and composition in Boulder. He brings to the board a love for the arts and business experience, as well as expertise in an advisory capacity to 10 global organizations, non-profits and start-up and small innovative companies, according to his biography.
Naft, the morning news host for KVNF and a graphic designer at High Country Shopper, also owns a DJ party service with husband Skip. She is a former board president for the Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities.
Former vice president Don Grant will replace Schott as board president, said executive director Annette Pretorious.
In addition to their growing list of classes, the center is increasing its focus on children's programs and working toward building better relations with local schools, said Pretorias. Sharon Bailey, children's programming director since January, is now the programming director, overseeing all six programs. Bailey has a BFA with an emphasis in art education from Texas State University.
Now in its fifth year, the 2015-2016 concert series will include three World Music performances by rhythm enthusiast and percussionist David Alderdice. According to his website, Alderdice, who lives in the North Fork area, experiments with "different rhythms and sensibilities from different cultures and traditions from around the world ..."
Pretorious is enthusiastic about all that's going on at the Blue Sage. In 2014 the center doubled its membership, and this year it is ramping up for its annual membership drive, beginning in September.
"We've been forward-thinking in our programming, but antiquated in fundraising," relying mostly on mailings, said Pretorius. This year they are embracing social media and other digital means of reaching out to the public in their fundraising strategies. A three-minute promotional video is currently in production, and a profile of the center is listed on the online fundraising page, ColoradoGives.org, which encourages giving by matching donors with non-profits and charitable causes they might not otherwise hear of, said Pretorius. "People out there like to give."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.