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‘Voices & Visions’ of the future

On this two-page spread from Voices & Visions, Glenwood Springs High School student Theresa Tonozzis painting faces an essay by Basalt High School student Laura Wille and art by Yasmin Madrid of Glenwood Springs, Daniel Delaney of Basalt and Kaitlin Fowler of Roaring Fork high schools.

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 mlowe@rfsd.k12.co.us.

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