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Thank you

Dear Editor:

As a participating artist and volunteer for three years, I wish to express my sincere thanks to this remarkable community for the overwhelming support of the Community Schools’ Studio Tour. With 65 artists sharing their studios, time and talents, this year’s studio tour was a resounding success. Thank you so much to all the artists for your commitment, graciousness and generosity.

The energies of literally hundreds of people unite to create the studio tour in support of local education, arts awareness and numerous intangible good vibrations that emanate from this massive effort.

For every person that I can thank, there are 20 more who know they helped our efforts in some way. I hope everyone involved feels their deserved personal satisfaction. Huge thanks go to the volunteers who organized the event, Liz Penzel, Linda Halloran and Cathy Click. Your continual energy, commitment and efficiency is amazing. My sincere gratitude goes to all the parents who assumed key roles, Courtney Kleager, Deb Burleigh, Fiona Pax O’Donnell, Maggie Spence, Sue Parker, Nan Sundeen and Kathy Guinn.

Thanks to Jenny Soucie for helping to raise awareness of the educational value of this event. Valley art teachers used the Studio Tour as a resource to enrich student exposure to art.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Chelsea Congdon, Kate Wheeler, Elizabeth Ward, Lynn Kirchner, Julianne Berenyi-Kehoe, Sandra Menter-Berry, Megan Ross, Randy Parker, Shirley Tipton, Lori Spence, Lynn Nichols, Michele Cardamone, Jane Click, Gerry Michel, Mario Larouche and Ro Mead are some of the people who contributed to the success of the tour. Thank you.

Special thanks goes to the many, many people who sold maps; donated appetizers, beverages, and prizes; erected banners; posted posters and signs; delivered artwork … did the footwork.

The support of the Alpine Bank employees was overwhelming. Thank you for your enthusiasm and cooperation. The studio tour is generously underwritten by Alpine Bank. Thank you all.

The artists reception was hosted by the Roaring Fork Club. Thank you to Karen Baxter and the fine folks who helped make the silent auction/reception a success.

And finally I want to express my gratitude to the local media for public service announcements and venues to offer thanks to the community for its continual support. Thanks to Jim Baker, KJAX and Carbondale Council of Arts and Humanities, and KDNK for hosting artists to help publicize the studio tour.

I regret that I cannot list everyone who helped us, but one final thanks. Leslie, Jim, Sherrie and the teachers at Carbondale and Aspen community schools get a standing ovation for making it all worthwhile for our children.

Carol Rothrock

Glenwood Springs

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