Fine Art & Elegant Cuisine
An Extraordinary Evening | December 31st | 5:30 to 10:00pm
2019 FEATURED ARTISTS:
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives with her husband and two children in Placerville, Colorado, on the banks of the wild and undammed San Miguel River. She served as San Miguel County’s first poet laureate (2007-2011) and as Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015-2017).
Devoted to helping others explore their creative potential, Rosemerry is the co-host of Emerging Form, a podcast on creative process (with Christie Aschwanden), co-director of Telluride’s Talking Gourds Poetry Club (with Art Goodtimes) and co-founder of Secret Agents of Change (with Sherry Richert Belul). She also directed the Telluride Writers Guild for ten years.
She teaches and performs poetry for 12-step recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, women’s retreats, teachers and more. Past clients include Camp Coca Cola, Craig Hospital, Business & Professional Women, Deepak Chopra, Think 360, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Desert Dharma, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride Literary Burlesque and Mesa State University.
She performs as a storyteller, including shows in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, at the Taos Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Her TEDx talk explores changing our outdated metaphors.
She believes in the power of practice and has been writing a poem a day since 2006. Her daily poems can be found at https://ahundredfallingveils.com/. Favorite themes in her poems include parenting, gardening, the natural world, love, science, thriving/failure and daily life.
She has 11 collections of poetry, and her work has appeared in O Magazine and on A Prairie Home Companion, on fences in back alleys and on hundreds of river rocks she leaves around town. Her poems have been used for choral works by composers Paul Fowler and Jeffrey Nytch and performed by the Ars Nova Singers. Her most recent collection, Naked for Tea, was a finalist for the Able Music Book Award. Other books include Even Now, The Miracle Already Happening, The Less I Hold and If You Listen, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She’s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge (thrice), the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer’s Studio Literary Contest (twice), The Blackberry Peach Performance Prize, and has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.
Since 1994, she’s been singing with Telluride’s 8-member female acapella group Heartbeat, performing jazz, folk, bluegrass and pop songs around the Four Corners region. She also sings nightly while making dinner.
Favorite activities: Trail running, Nordic skiing, recovering from trail running, camping, baking, knitting, reading, gardening. She’s been an organic fruit grower, a newspaper and magazine editor, and is a parent educator for Parents as Teachers. She’s writing an erotic romance trilogy.
She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. One-word mantra: Adjust. Three-word mantra: I’m still learning. www.wordwoman.com
Meredith Nemirov grew up in New York City and received her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums around the country, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum, and her drawings have been featured in American Artist Magazine. In recent years, Meredith did artist-in-residence programs at the Vermont Studio Center and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colo. This year she spent most of the winter living and working in Northern Spain. Visit her blog at meredithnemirov.blogspot.com to view images from her journey there.