610 Arts Collective is the result of two passionate arts organizations working together to create a shared vision of bring arts, enrichment, and Chautauqua style learning to the Ridgway, CO are.
610, as we call it, is the shared office space of Ridgway Chautauqua Society (The Sherbino Theater) and Weehawken Creative Arts. These sister organizations, while separate in status and mission, collaborate to offer a range of programs at the theater, the 610 space and other local spaces. 610 is also an exhibition space for local and visiting artists, and a classroom space for programs. As of June, 610 Arts Collective now houses a gallery shop with offerings from local and visiting artists.
A serious movement is afoot within Ouray County for arts organizations to cooperate in the areas of event planning, scheduling, marketing, coordination, and event staffing. Willing to lead, Weehawken-RCS/Sherbino took the spirit of collaboration a step further and entered into an Agreement for Collaboration, Cooperation & Cost Sharing (MOU) in the fall of 2014. Now well into our fifth year, Weehawken Creative Arts and the RCS/Sherbino share a staff of three, share space and systems, are developing mutually beneficial programming, and are taking advantage of economies-of-scale efficiencies wherever possible.
Ridgway Chautauqua Society
Today the Sherbino is a highly-energized anchor in the heart of historic downtown Ridgway. The Sherbino, or the “Sherb” to many locals, refers both to the physical space, and all that it embodies. The building — the Sherbino, is owned and operated by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2012 for the purpose of keeping the historic Sherbino theater a community gathering place and fully utilizing the space by offering high-quality, diverse programming.
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Photo: Barry Doyle
Weehawken Creative Arts
At Weehawken Creative Arts, we are in the business of changing lives, nurturing dreams, and helping kids and adults in Ouray County and neighboring communities discover their creative potential through the arts.
We offer transformative, individualized arts education programming led by extraordinary instructors, as well as a variety of art-inspired events. More than that, we offer a place for you to find your very own community of kindred spirits, wherever your artistic passion lies.
Weehawken Creative Arts was founded in 2004 by Susie Opdahl, a creative dynamo who retired to Ouray from Oregon with her husband, Jim, in the late ‘90s. Susie had a vision to actively engage her new community and help it prosper by creating a program that would offer arts education opportunities for locals and visitors alike. With the help of a dedicated board of directors, her idea found fertile ground and soon grew from dream to reality in the form of a new nonprofit organization.
Today, our programs are offered in Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose and Silverton and we regularly draw students from those communities and beyond for both classes and our signature special events.