‘Voices & Visions’ of the future
After more than a year of work, the valley’s first comprehensive collection of student art and writings was published in the form of a coffee table book last month.”Voices & Visions” is an ambitious endeavor, a 130-page volume featuring the photography, paintings, poems, essays and a variety of art forms from more than 200 students from Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs, Bridges and Yampa high schools.”It’s a valleywide celebration of art done by youth,” said Basalt English teacher Michael Lowe, who coordinated the project with the help of a student and adult production team.For most of the students, it was the first time their creative works were published.”[My art] is personal, but it’s nice to have others see it,” said Basalt senior Emily Gustafson, who submitted painting and poetry to “Voices & Visions.” “It’s cool to see all the creativity, because everyone’s different; it makes one great book.”Students could submit whatever they wanted, and it was up to the editorial team to choose from thousands of entries, an endeavor that occupied a couple of days per week of a whole school year.
“It was really exciting to see that it happened, to see it published and to see people enjoying reading it,” said co-editor Raquel Ribich, a Basalt senior whose team is currently working on the second volume, to be published next year.”Voices & Visions” is available at Explore Booksellers in Aspen, Town Center Booksellers in Basalt, Novel Tea Shop in Carbondale, Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood Springs, online at http://www.roaringforkpublishing.com, or at the Basalt High School office. All proceeds go back into publishing more students’ work through their nonprofit publishing company. The “Voices & Visions” team is accepting work by students not in those six area schools, and is also looking for people to help produce and market the product. Contact Michael Lowe at 384-5939 or email@example.com.
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