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  • Aspen Trees

Aspen Pots

The "Aspen Series" is inspired by the amazing aspen trees that are in abundance in Colorado and specifically around Crested Butte. Lori was drawn not only to the texture, but to the movement in the trees themselves. The high contrast of black and white is the inspiration for these unique works of art. The series continues to evolve and now includes pieces that incorporate subtle brown tones and mixed media elements attached to the lids to reinforce the connection to nature.

Art and Music

"Life isn't about finding yourself, Life is about Creating yourself" George Bernard Shaw

Music Lessons

Mr. Raper specializes in preparing String Bass Players for auditions and general performing in all generes of music. Students are expected to be commited and dependable. Private lesson spots are available. Fill out a contact form, we will contact you.

Portfolio

Gallery

Lori Twardowski-Raper BFA,MFA

L ori is an art educator and ceramic artist. She has both her BFA and MFA in ceramics as well as her Colorado teaching certification. She has dedicated her career to helping others learn, appreciate, and find their inner artists. Throughout her journey she has continually worked on her own art while learning about herself as an artist through her teaching and experimenting. Her passion for the outdoors has developed into a unique set of artworks, the "Aspen" pots. The physical nature of clay makes it a natural medium for her to pursue. Her love of clay started over 35 years ago and she continues to learn about this fascinating medium through workshops and classes.

Troy S. Raper , BME M.Ed

Troy Raper is a Colorado native and has been teaching in the state since 1988. Mr. Raper received his bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado where he graduated with Honors. Troy received his Master's degree in Education in 2006 from Lesley University with an emphasis in Educational Technology. He is currently teaching orchestra at Palisade High School and Mt. Garfield Middle School in Palisade, CO. Mr. Raper's school orchestras has been consistently awarded Superior Ratings at Music festivals from Palisade to Disneyland. Many former students of his program are now accomplished professional teachers and performers around the country. The Orchestra program at PHS and MGMS consist of five orchestras ranging from 6th grade to High School Seniors. As an active advocate for teaching in Colorado, Mr. Raper spent 10 years as Chair for the Colorado All State Orchestra Governing Board, helping to create a new charter and direction for the organization. He has also served as a board member of Colorado Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and as a Member of the Colorado Music Educators association state Board. Troy is currently serving as musician representative to the Grand Junction Symphony Board of Directors. Mr. Raper is an accomplished musician with broad performing experience. He has performed with the Greeley, Ft. Collins, Cheyenne, Durango, and Crested Butte Festival orchestras and currently sits as Principal Bassist for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly in various Jazz Bands, recording studios and as a concert soloist. During summer vacation months from teaching Troy is Production manager and bass player at the Crested Butte Music Festival. The only local performer/participant in this international music festival featuring musicians and performers from Europe, the USA, the Metropolitan Opera and other acclaimed opera companies and musical entities. Troy Raper's hobbies and personal interests include spending time with his family. Wife Lori, and two teenage daughters Mandolyn and Melody. Lori is an accomplished professional artist and teacher and both daughters are serious students with an emphasis in music studies. He also enjoys arranging music for strings, computer games, mountain biking, bodybuilding and has done internet consultation and website design for friends and clients. He also enjoys and often performs professionally with pop and jazz groups.

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We at musicalmud pride ourselves on having a unique product to sell. This makes our Online sales a unique situation.

Each item you see listed in the order section is a one of a kind representation of a work you can order specifically to fit your needs.

When an order is placed on our website we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your unique piece of art.

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Show Schedule

Shows for 2016

We Just this last weekend ended the Summer show schedule for the Crested butte Art Market.

Winter Markets

Lori Will be showing at the Grand Junction Art Center Show in November. Check back for more details

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Blog

Finding Inspiration

It has been an amazing summer with both ups and downs personally and artistically. The Crested Butte art market was fun again this year and I always enjoy reconnecting with my artistic friends. The loss of 1/3 of my inventory due to a shelf malfunction was definitely a blow to my morale, but from it came my "Lemonade Stand" Series; art made from the shards (turning lemons into lemonade) including jewelry, frames and repurposed items. I met a lot of new people from around the world and shared the art that I love to do with so many new clients. We spend a lot of time outside in Crested Butte and the surrounding area as a family- even exploring some places we have never been. Today it was so nice to get to go for a hike- even in the rain after a long day of sales. If you are looking for my work the Grubstake now has a fully stocked inventory and I will soon be back in the studio creating new pieces from the inspiration I found on our many adventures outside. I am excited to see where the next series leads.

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