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Carbondale Clay Center features ‘Pairings’

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By Lynn Burton
Sopris Sun Staff Writer

First Friday (March 3) celebrates the Carbondale Creative District as a whole, while the Carbondale Clay Center also presents its annual “Pairings.” The event allows folks to pair ceramic cups created by more than 30 local and national artists with handcrafted local and state beverages.
After two years of holding “Pairings” offsite, the Clay Center is bringing the fund-raiser back to its gallery/studios spaces at the east end of Main Street.
“Having ‘Pairings’ back at the Clay Center is really exciting for us,” said Executive Director Angela Bruno. “We wanted to bring the focus back to what we believe ‘Pairings’ should be all about: the celebration of the handmade cup and the handcrafted beverage … and there’s no better place to celebrate that kind of creative spirit than right here at the Clay Center, where we host creativity and artistry every single day.”
More than 30 ceramists have donated cups, pitchers and other vessels of various sizes, including: Ginny Beesley, Dan Berg, Molly Berger, Doug Casebeer, K Cesark, John Cohorst, Steven Colby, Staci Debolt, Matthew Eames, Sandie Gardner, Alleghany Meadows, Frank McGuirk, Anne Goldberg, Giana Grossman, Lisa Ellena, Elina Jurado, Jessie Maddocks, Peg Malloy, HP Bloomer, Matt Kelleher, Kristin Kieffer, Samantha Oliver, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Elizabeth Robinson, Sue Tirrell, Alex Watson, Paige Wright and Rachel Donner.
Beverages will be offered by the Marble Distillery, the Roaring Fork Beer Company, Suerte Tequila, Bonfire coffee and Elevated Elixirs; Rhumba Girls Liquors will provide the wine.
The Aspen-based Elevated Elixirs was founded in 2015 and produces non-alcoholic yerba mate, kombucha and four kinds of elixirs (water, wind, fire and earth). A recent Facebook posting from Deb Bamesberger praised Elevated Elixirs, “ … Palisade Peach was my favorite until I was introduced to the mango Habanero at the XGames. I love it!”
The way “Pairings” works: cups range from $15 to $150; drink tickets are $5 each, which can be purchased with or without one of the featured cups.
In other action from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carbondale Clay Center: Peppino’s Pizza will be serving up food; Wes Engstrom will serve up live music.

Other First Friday action

Other sponsors for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday include:
 Carbondale Arts at the Launchpad: a pre-fashion trunk show sale from 6 to 8 p.m. plus the current show “Incandescence”;
 Crystal Glass Studio (50 Weant Blvd.): new artful lighting by gallery artists, and blown glass demonstrations by Robert Burch from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. near the sculpture garden;
 Kahhak Fine Arts & School (411 Main Street): Marcel Kahhak will create a painting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the theme “Easter/Spring Rebirth”;
 Roadside Gallery (320 Main St.): from 5 to 7 p.m., win a piece of fine art photography by playing “Find the photo that didn’t fit”;
 Strange Imports (423 Main St.): wine/cheese plus a new shipment of antique 
Tibetan singing bowls and prayer flags;
 Susan’s Flowers & Artisan Boutique (453 Main St.): Featuring items made 
by Carbondale Creatives, including clothing, jewelry, soaps, jams and flower arrangements;
 Mary’s Main Street Spirits: tastings for Bushmills Irish Whiskeys, and Red Bush Bourbon from 5 to 7 p.m.;
 Marble Distilling at the east end of Main Street will feature a special cocktail menu and music from the Milemarkers starting at 8 p.m.

Published in The Sopris Sun on March 2, 2017.