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Colton True Life hosts 'welcome back' community event; Camp Colton's artist-in-residence program begins

By Cindy Fama

Colton True Life hosted a 'Welcome Back' community event at Colton High School on Sept. 17. The event was originally scheduled for Sept.10 but had to be rescheduled due to the close proximity of the Milo McIver wildland fire and the heavy smoke in the air.

True Life Pastor Tim Behrens said the goal for the event was to promote people in the community. There were several vendors, games and activities for children, a free food booth and live music by Dave Wyatt. James Lee shared his story of using a tragic accident and working to overcome disability to help others.

"It was great to see people come together," Behrens said. "There was a neat atmosphere of people hanging out, talking to their neighbors, getting to know one another. After two years of not being able to get together like this, it was great to be able to come together. We really appreciate the partnership of our school district to let us make these opportunities possible."

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Colton True Life hosted a 'Welcome Back' event on Sept. 17 that included events, activities and a car show.

Car show winners:

Best in Show — 1969 Corvette Stingray, TiVo Maes.

Most Unique — 1936 Ford, Kehli Criswell.

Most Potential — 1966 Chevelle, Geri Rose.

People's Choice award — 1954 GMC truck, Mike (last name not submitted).

Best Car under Construction — 1972 Nova, the Christiansons.

Camp Colton invites you

"We are hosting a series of free 'Community Days' to welcome the public and let them see another side of Camp Colton in the coming months," Krista Shiga, Camp Colton program director, said. "Folks can come and meet the artists-in-residence who will be working in our letterpress and papermaking studios. We will have artist talks in the historic chapel, followed by demos in each studio, camp tours, and food trucks onsite for purchase of lunch or a snack. People can choose to spend the entire time or just some time exploring the art and landscape offered in Camp Colton. Hope to see you there and bring a friend."

The dates and times for the Community Days events are Saturdays, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, March 25 and April 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Camp Colton is located at 3000 S. Camp Colton Drive.

More than 100 artists applied for the chance to be one of the eight artists chosen for a residency at Camp Colton. It includes 40 hours of training in papermaking and printmaking, and technical guidance in their chosen medium by Stelo art co-leaders Jenn Woodward and Rory Sparks.

The October artist will be Conner Darling, papermaking artist-in-residence. He is an installation artist who focuses on visual art centered on local landscape, and Sadé Powell, print studio artist-in-residence, who is an antidisciplinary artist, focusing on storytelling through poetry and collage.

November artists are V. Maldonado and Kristiana Chen. Featured artists in March are Jenene Nagy and Vivian Sming. April artists are Satpreet Kahlon and Anie Toole.

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