Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brenda Evers, journalist, wrote this piece for the Palisade Tribune Newspaper.

Vera Mulder honored by GJ Commission on Arts & Culture

By Brenda Evers
Grand Valley artist Vera Mulder has been selected
Champion of the Arts, Individual category, by the
City of Grand Junction Commission of Arts & Culture.
She will presented this honor at a reception in the City
Council Meeting Room at 7 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 15.
            Vera lives in Fruita but taught all levels of art at
Palisade High School for 33 years and for 15 years at then
 Mesa State College.  As an active member in CAEA, she
sent students to New York and Washington D.C. where
they were recognized for exceptional art work.
She retired, but continued to teach
kids and adults at the Grand Junction Center for the Arts
as well as in other places in Mesa County. 
She continues to be a professional artist displaying her 
work at The Blue Pig Gallery in downtown Palisade and 
back to the Rose Hue gallery in Fruita, as well as from 
her studio at home.
            She was nominated for Champion of the Arts by
many people in the community for her “untiring commitment
 to inspire students in the arts throughout her 30 plus years
career as a teacher” and “her lifelong passions for art and
encouraging countless art enthusiasts’ gallery owners, artists
and students,” both school age and adult.
            Vera established “The Fruita Art Camp” sixteen
years ago through the City Parks and Recreation program,
and it is still happening every summer, not at the City Hall,
but at another location.
She is passionate about keeping “art in education.”
            Her plans after receiving this award on Jan. 15 are
to “Keep on doing art, promoting other artists and educating
people about the value of art.”

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