Toklat Gallery and Silver Queen Minerals
Mining and Minerals of Colorado. Summer 2015 Program
Program presented at Toklat Gallery from 5:30 to 7 at Riverside Plaza on Two
Rivers Road, Basalt, Colorado. firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-927-1437
Light refreshments served
29 July 2015: "The Freedom Eagle" at the Mystic Eagle Mine alabaster quarry inside Mt. Sopris with
Jeremy Dean Russell
Jeremy will present a short video and then speak about his work. This huge monolithic sculpture of a
bald eagle, symbolizing the plight of our nation's veterans, is being relieved from the interior walls of the
alabaster quarry. Jeremy will focus on the creation of the sculpture, its purpose and the many obstacles
that had to be overcome in the permitting of his work. It remains a work in progress.
5 August 2015: "History of the Yule Marble Quarry" with Gary Bascom and Kimberly Perrin.
Gary traveled west in the early 1980's and landed a job in 1990 with the Colorado Yule Marble Company
(subsequently Colorado Stone Quarries) as quarry superintendent/safety director. He left in 2013 when
the quarry was sold to Red Graniti (an Italian company). Kim worked for Colorado Stone Quarries as
administrative manager from 2001 to 2013. This program will cover the discovery of the marble
reserve, pre-1941 history, operations from 1990 to 2013 and what's currently happening at the quarry.
12 August 2015: "Mace Mineral Collection" started by Greg Mace (born on this day in 1943).
This program will be hosted by Julie.
Its content is a bit of a mystery at the moment as no one in the family has seen the collection since the
mid-1980's. A discovery for all of us.
19 August 2015: "Modern Day Prospecting" with Robert Congdon
Robert moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1978. Logging, ranching and mining were the prevalent jobs.
The mines paid the best ($8.50 an hour) and he was attracted to the challenges of mining: the daily
struggle to figure out how to get the roof secure, deal with gasses and keep all the equipment running -
and it started him on a 35 year prospecting journey in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. Locally
some of his notable finds have been the lost vapor cave mines outside of Redstone, a lost gold camp on
Mt. Sopris and the Alabaster Quarry at Avalanche Creek.
26 August 2015: "Crystal Healing Therapy" with Marierose and Eric Anthony
Understanding the how and why crystals have healing powers. You will also learn some of the ancient
history and the science behind some of the legends, in addition to balancing your body's energetic
centers with unique and locally found healing minerals.