The Evergreen Gallery
Meryl Sabeff established The Evergreen Gallery in 1987 to showcase and sell fine crafts
and fine arts handcrafted by Colorado artisans. In 2009, she sold the business to her
daughter-in-law/employee, Valerie Howell.
Longtime gallery employee Lisa Mallin then
purchased it from Howell in September 2011.
The Evergreen Gallery represents 100 of
the most talented and recognized artists in
Colorado. The artwork represented in the
gallery includes pottery, jewelry, hand-blown
glass, wood working, original paintings, limited edition prints, serigraphs, photography,
textiles, mixed media, stained glass and
sculpture; all of which reflects the beautiful
and awe-inspiring landscape, wildlife, light,
textures, color and vibrancy of Colorado.
“Representing local art and local artists
is about as good as it gets for contributing
to the community,” said the gallery’s owner,
Evergreen Jazz Festival
The Evergreen Jazz Festival (EJF) has been
an integral part of the Evergreen community
since 2001. But prior to EJF, Evergreen was no
stranger to the jazz world.
In the late ’60s to early ’70s, Evergreen
hosted jazz greats like Count Basie and Duke
Ellington at a club called The Red Ram (now
known as Little Bear Saloon). The Elks Lodge
also hosted the Evergreen Ragtime Bash
throughout the ’90s, thanks to the efforts of
local jazz pianist George Keeler.
The seeds of the EJF were sown in 1999 at a
“jazzy” birthday bash for long-time Evergreen
resident and theater/music arts supporter
Sterling Nelson, who had served as president
of the Denver Jazz Club as far back as 1960.
“I initiated the first Evergreen Jazz Festival with help, by word-of-mouth, from many
people I didn’t know,” Sterling explained to
me in a 2009 interview. “Ted Mann, then
community relations chairman for the Evergreen Chamber, provided great support for
the event,” he said acknowledging Ted’s continued involvement.
Ted (who passed away in 2015) and Jeannie Mann were ongoing Evergreen Jazz Festival supporters/fundraisers. Ted served two
terms as festival president and several terms
on the board of directors. He also helped
secure the organization’s first grant from
the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Likewise, Jeannie served as EJF president for
“Evergreen Jazz Festival fulfills a different
aspect of the music side of the arts than do
the Chorale, the Children’s Chorale and the
Evergreen Chamber Orchestra,” said Jeannie,
who acknowledges her longstanding position
as the Festival’s production manager as a full-time “part-time” job.
Foothills & Vicinity Writers Group
Many people think of artful creativity only
in terms of the performing arts, mixed media
creations and photography; but art also
includes literature. Moreover, words and the
emotions they invite, can truly paint their
own beautiful pictures of life.
Over the years, Evergreen and surround-
ing foothills communities have been home
to many American writers like Clive Cussler,
adventure novelist and marine archaeologist;
Diane Mott Davidson, author of food-themed
mystery novels; Christine Goff, author of
international thrillers and the Birdwatch-
er’s Mystery series; and Joanne Greenberg,
author of the best-selling novel, “I Never
Promised You a Rose Garden,” written under
her pen name, Hannah Green.
“There are lots of local aspiring writers,”
says this article’s writer, five-book author
and founder of Foothills & Vicinity Writers Group (FVWG), which is sanctioned by
the well-established Parker, Colorado-based
National Writers Association.
FV WG offers writers the opportunity to net-
work and share resources related to writing.
“Based upon a similar NWA-sanctioned
group I founded in Las Vegas before relocating to Colorado, FVWG meets on the fourth
Saturday of each month (January through
October) at Evergreen’s HearthFire Books
and Treats. The group welcomes writers of
all skill levels.”
The creative side of Evergreen brings
people together, stimulating community
growth/prosperity, tourism and property
values. If creativity evokes a multitude of
emotions within the eyes and soulful heart
of the beholder, then Evergreen, Colorado
has certainly created an artful masterpiece
of life in this idyllic hamlet for everyone to
appreciate and enjoy.
Jo Ann M. Colton, newspaper/periodical/business writer-for-hire, also markets for small businesses and writers.
The 5-book author of nonfiction and fiction books ( The
Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Basics 101; So, You
Want To Be A Writer; How to Develop Story Line Ideas;
Marketing Matters and Pieces of the Puzzle) can be reached
at 303-670-1028 or www.jmcoltoncommunications.com
The Creative Side of Evergreen, continued from page 12
Jo Ann Colton