Give the gift that gives back to Grand County artists |

Give the gift that gives back to Grand County artists

by Cyndi McCoy
Grand County, Colorado

As you shop around for friends and family this holiday season, there are several avenues to support Grand County artists.

The area is a Rocky Mountain-style North Pole filled with new and exciting gift ideas and stocking stuffers. Several creative area artists have been working as hard as Santa’s elves to put out new work in the “Nick” of time for the season.

Books new out on shelves include the Joanne Sundell’s “The Parlor House Daughter.” Or pick up the “Capture My Colorado” photo book, available through the Sky-Hi Daily News. New albums are available from Steve Cormey, Sacred Herb Music, On the One (with Andy Irvine), Stereomaid and Hunker Down.

“The Parlor House Daughter” is Sundell’s third historical romance. Set in 1880s Denver and the Old West, the story celebrates the healing power of love. It is set for release in hardcover this month. Orders are available online at

“Capture My Colorado” features more than 17,500 stunning photographs taken from around the state. More than 900,000 voters chose their favorites this summer to culminate in a fascinating collection of fine art perfect for any eye which appreciates the beauty of photography. Copies are $39.99 and include a DVD. They are available at the Rocky Mountain General Store, Grand Lake Art Gallery, Ghostwood Interiors, Wild West Outfitters, Trail Ridge Art Co. and online at

Cormey’s CD “Ribbons of Hope” came out this summer and features “A Song of Hope and Inspiration.” He wrote the song for the Race for the Cure, Team Grand Lake and a portion of the proceeds go to the Grand County Library District’s Breast Cancer Resource Center. Cost is $10. To place an order, call (970) 627-9233 or e-mail

“This Side of Berthoud,” presented by Sacred Herb Music, came out in October. The stunning collection is volume one of many to come and features almost two dozen originals by area musicians and ensembles. CDs are just $15 and are available at Singin’ Dog and Seven Sisters stores in the county and from participating musicians.

On the One is excited for its upcoming release of new live album “Live at the Knotty Pine” this month. It contains more than a handful of hits gathered from performances during the band’s 2008 summer festival season. Fans may keep updated on the band’s MySpace page.

Stereomaid’s debut studio album “The Little Things That Come Between Us” was just released Dec. 9. The record highlights a dozen songs and some of the most recent work of musician, singer and songwriter Eric “Oly” Olson. It is available for $15 and is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, CD Baby, and Borders, and locally at Singin’ Dog and the Seven Sisters store. Digital downloads are available through DigStation.

Hunker Down’s eagerly awaited studio debut, whose title is still under wraps, is set for release a week before Christmas. For those last-minute shoppers or those who can hold out for it, the album should be worth the wait. Pre-ordering is being accepted now and the band will ship them out the day they arrive. Price is $15 and checks may be sent to Hunker Down, P.O. Box 1555, Fraser, CO 880442-1555. More information may be found on their MySpace page.

There are also many visual artists in the area out with new paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, woodworks, pottery and jewelry. Check out the many galleries throughout the county, including the new Gallery IV.

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