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The Colorado Landscapes of Joanne Hanson will be featured during the month of February at Arts Alive Gallery in the La Cima Mall, 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge. A reception will be held at the gallery as part of the Second Saturday Breckenridge ArtWalk, Feb. 13, from 4-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.Hanson has been a Summit County resident for 16 years and is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies. The recent slowdown in real estate activity has not been a negative for her. Five years ago Hanson discovered her love for painting, and now she is able to take the time to record her impressions of the Colorado landscapes she loves, in oil paint. Having her daughter join her in business has also given her a more flexible schedule."I remember one summer a few years ago when I worked every day from May to September. Sundays I tried to limit to eight hours, and the rest of the week I worked 12-hour days. I enjoyed it then but no longer have the appetite to do that," Hanson said. "I would much rather work normal hours and spend the rest of the time outside or painting."An avid hiker and skier, she spends her days off in the outdoors collecting information, from color notes to light and shadow patterns, to landscape features. She finds the fleeting fall colors full of impact and exciting to paint, especially when snow is on the ground. One of her paintings was recently accepted as a finalist in the "Bach, Beethoven and Breckenridge" poster competition. That piece, titled "Colorado Color," will also be on display.

The Backstage Theatre is seeking local talent - singers, actors and actresses (age 17 to 40) - for upcoming special events, specifically for its summer production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge. "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst - tender and sardonic - that chronicles the experience of six adolescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The kids are a lovable, disparate group of outsiders for whom the spelling bee is a way "to not feel rotten." As the competition moves forward, there is a series of emotional highs and lows, and the contestants sing and dance through these ups and downs. Add in a group of grown-up characters who haven't quite grown up, members of the audience and surprise guests and this makes "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" a roller coaster of music and fun. "Spelling Bee" is directed by Backstage Theatre artistic director Christopher Willard, music is directed by Mary Gottlieb and choreographed by Kelly Monahon. Rehearsals begin in May. They will primarily be conducted in Denver, with transportation provided. Performances begin June 25 and play alternating weekends until Aug. 22. All positions are paid. Those auditioning should prepare an up-tempo song of your choice (to be sung a capella and be prepared to sing something from the show (accompaniment will be provided). Auditions are by appointment only. Call (970) 453-0199 to arrange an audition time.

(written by Elmer W. Koneman and Suzanne Lanuza)Being among the hundred plus people who attended the violin concert by Luke Fatora, accompanied by the master pianist Leonard Rhodes, performed at the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church concert on Sunday evening, we would be remiss not to share the spontaneous standing ovation of appreciation that was extended following performance of the final selection, Wieniawski "Polonaise." Fatora, a 2009 graduate of Summit High School, previously the winner of the 2009 Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival Scholarship, is currently a freshman at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. The virtuosity achieved by Fatora is not only a testament to his individual dedication to music, but also a reflection on the excellence of instruction he received during his local middle school and high school experience, along with instruction from private mentors.The performance of Max Bruch's Violin concerto #1 in G minor, op 26, a virtuoso composition in its own right, was performed by Fatora with technical perfection, with equally flawless accompaniment and short keyboard interludes played by Rhodes.Perhaps of most significance was Fatora's performance of two of his own solo violin compositions. First was a piece called "As I Walked Across the Fields," based on a poem used in one of Gustav Mahler's song cycles and reflective of Fatora's own exposure to nature in Summit County. Also exquisitely performed was an earlier of his compositions, "A Cigany," translated from Hungarian as "The Gypsy." Fadora's inspiration came from listening to Corigliano's compositions for the film "The Red Violin." With this inaugural formal concert, Fatora has demonstrated all of the skills necessary to become a future recognized solo violinist and composer. His career path will merit being followed.This concert, also co-sponsored by the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, is the first in a series of concerts to be organized and facilitated by the Music Committee of Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Already planned as next in the series for Feb. 27 is a performance by Brian Hanly, professor emeritus of violin at the University of Wyoming, who also has appeared as a soloist with chamber music consorts and full orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Australia. The primary goal for the planning of this concert series is to provide first-class musical experiences for the citizens of Summit County and beyond.

The Columbine Gallery in Frisco announces a juried exhibition for Rocky Mountain artists, March 15 to April 15. There is a long history of art inspired by skiing. Most of the classic prints and artwork are from the early years of skiing. The last era that had a significant amount of recognizable ski art is the 1970s and '80s. This exhibition asks: "What kind of art does skiing and snowboarding inspire in the 21st century?" Art must be an original painting in any media which presents a vision of skiing and snowboarding in the 21st century. Digital image submissions must be received by e-mail or postal mail by March 1. Notification to artists will be sent by March 3. All selected paintings must be received by the Columbine Gallery by March 10.Thirty pieces will be selected for the show and a panel of three jurors will award the top three prizes: first place, $300; second place, $150 and third place $100.Artists must fill out the form found at the following website: www.columbineart.com/events.php Artists may present up to three pieces for consideration. All pieces selected for the show will be displayed at the Columbine Gallery from March 15 to April 15. All pieces must be available for purchase and artist will be paid 60 percent of the retail price for any work sold. Artist must arrange to retrieve any unsold work after April 15.

At 7:30 p.m. tonight the Breckenridge Music Festival presents Joe Pug, as part of the Blue River Winter Concert. The show takes place at CMC's Breckenridge campus at 107 Denison Placer Road. Tickets are $15 at the door."In Pug's hard Plucking, exaggerated choruses, and lyrical vignettes you can draw a pretty straight line from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash to Bruce Springsteen to Steve Earl to Josh Ritter. Like all of them, Pug is a populist at heart, a singer who can't help but talk about all of us when he sings about himself and can't help but sing about himself when he's talking about all of us," according to 3hive.For more information, call (970) 453-9142.

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