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Basalt Chamber kicks of “Topics at Twelve” series

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Sopris Sun Staff Report

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce has launched a series of monthly business education luncheons featuring different speakers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library.

The series is called “Topics at Twelve.” CMC assistant professor Rob Martin was scheduled to present a talk titled “New Media & Marketing: A Look Over the Precipice” on Aug. 11.

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“Topics at Twelve” will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Basalt Chamber business education committee members include: Nikki Soda (Jaywalker Lodge); Danielle Howard (Wealth by Design); and Shayla Groves (Design Finch).

The Chamber invites suggestions for future topics and applications from Chamber members to speak. Business sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on sponsorship and participating in future events, contact or call 927-4031.

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ColoradoBiz magazine has selected Art Base Executive Director Genna Moe as one of its Top 25 most influential young professionals for 2016. She will be recognized at the magazine’s annual GenXYZ awards event in Denver on Sept. 29. Moe will also be profiled in the September/

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October issue of ColoradoBiz.

Moe was born and raised in Berkeley, California, graduating from the University of Washington at Seattle with a dual BA in art history and interdisciplinary visual art. Her BA programs included a two-year undergraduate art fellowship in Italy. In 2008, she was hired to develop programs in education and outreach for the Aspen Art Museum, and later joined the Wheeler Opera House management team.

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“I’m passionate about the Art Base’s ability to make arts an important aspect of the midvalley, and specifically, how the arts can bridge socio-economic and language barriers, decrease poverty rates, improve academic performance in local schools, drive the local economy and promote wellness,” Moe said in a press release.


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The Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC) is accepting RFQs (requests for qualifications) for a temporary public art installation. The RFQ is open to Colorado artists and the deadline to apply is Sept. 9. An informational meeting for artists will be held at Basalt Town Hall at noon on Aug. 13. For more information, go to, and then The art project will be installed next June and remain in place for two years, according to a press release. Funded by the Town of Basalt’s “1% for the Arts” resolution, the budget for this project is $50,000 (all inclusive). Established in 2015, The Basalt Public Arts Commission is composed of citizens appointed by the Basalt Board of Trustees.


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Basalt’s Second Fridays continues on Aug. 12. The Art Base holds an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for photographer Jeremy Swanson and his show “Mountain Portraits.” The Art Base Annex presents Teresa Booth Brown and her show “Anomalies” from 5 to 7 p.m.


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At the Art Base Annex at 5 p.m. on Aug. 16, Genna Moe and Teresa Booth Brown hold a members-only art talk.

Published in The Sopris Sun on August 11, 2016.

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