About Us


Lake City Arts

Welcome! Lake City Arts is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that serves the rural mountain community of Lake City, Colorado. 

Our mission is:
To create an environment in which arts experiences are an integral part of community life and in which each person can develop his or  her creative potential, both as creator and consumer.
Lake City Arts will promote and support the arts and encourage creativity and artistic expression. It will showcase local artists and provide a structure for arts funding and a clearinghouse for arts information. It will coordinate arts activities and encourage participation in the arts by all ages.
Through the above, it will endeavor to enhance the positive image and the economic base of the community.

Grand Announcement!

Lake City Arts is thrilled to present our Yamaha concert grand piano, which recently arrived from Atlanta, Georgia! Made possible by the extraordinary generosity of several donors who have given Lake City Arts and our community a gift that will last for generations to come we look forward to sharing this instrument with you. We thank our donors and welcome our community members to come see, hear and play this instrument!


Jim and Jane Anthony
John Anthony
John and Kerry Coy
Dave Dayvault
Warner and Helen Dewey
Harvey and Kathy Duchene
Shelley McGehee
Terry McGehee in honor and memory of Fred and Sue McGehee
Jean Palmer and Michael Palmer in memory of Byron Hester and Al Muenzer
Gwen and Dick Powell
Michelle Sibley and David Palmer
John and Martha Smith
Fred and Joyce Stapleton
Phil and Carolyn Virden
Mort and Ceil Weir
Ron and Sandra Yates

Board of Directors

Bob Johns
Bob JohnsPresident
David Palmer
David PalmerVice-President
Pianist David Palmer has performed throughout the United States and Europe since the early 1990’s, both as soloist and chamber musician. Palmer is the Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music Amarillo, which embarks on its 22nd season this fall. David also founded and served as Artistic Director of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma from 2006-2011. Chamber Music Amarillo was recently awarded Second Place in the 2017-18 Professional Division of the nationally recognized American Prize competition, which celebrates excellence in the arts. From his work with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, David has gained an extensive knowledge on managing and performing in the musical arts, working with such artists as the Romero Guitar Quartet; the Harrington, Compi and Arianna String Quartets; international opera singer, Mary Jane Johnson; Montreal Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Richard Roberts; jazz musicians Bevan Manson, Lee Rucker, Kent Kidwell, Mark Little, and Jamie Davis; Nashville producer Darrell Bledsoe; composers John Boyle, Kenji Bunch, Mike Garson, and John Harbison; and songwriters Nina Garcia, Mike Fuller and JD Souther, among various other artists. In 2012 David collaborated with Singer/ Songwriter Nina Garcia in a YouTube video production of her song Take Me Dancing at the Fibonacci Performance Space in Amarillo, Texas. During the 2013 year, David recorded works of Ravel for violin and piano for the Centaur label with longtime friend and collaborator, violinist Annie Chalex Boyle following a tour of concerts with her throughout North America, including Atlanta, St. Louis, and Vancouver, British Columbia. This past January, Annie and David were invited to perform at the prestigious Semanas Musicales, giving multiple performances throughout Chile, South America. Palmer recently joined the Board of Lake City Arts and assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series, a series originally founded by his father nearly 40 years ago. In addition to his duties as a board member, Palmer performs regularly at the Mary Stigall Theater, and David and Annie Chalex Boyle have produced multiple outreaches, entitled Music Matters, to the students of the Lake City Community School during the off-season. Lake City and the people here are near to David’s heart as he experienced this area of God’s country first as a child and more recently as an adult. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of its founders, working closely with the current board members of Lake City Arts, helping to grow and stabilize this important arts organization for this special community.
Dave Dayvault
Dave DayvaultTreasurer
Dave Dayvault is a CPA specializing in oil and gas matters. He divides his time between Wichita, Kansas and Lake City. An avid hiker, Dave and his German Shepherd, Ziggy can regularly be found in the back country, keeping the area trails safe from cats.
Donna Waller
Donna WallerSecretary
Married Larry Waller, Lawton, OK in 1966, and they have four children and three grandchildren. Received a bachelor degree from O.U. in 1966 and a MAT from OCU in 1977. Has an American Montessori teaching certificate from OCU and taught in two Montessori schools. She taught English and Social Studies in public schools and retired in 2003. After 2003, they lived in Dallas, TX for several years and worked for their son, Logan and daughter Hallie in their real estate business. Larry built their home in Lake City and they have lived here off and on since 2008. I have been closely involved with PJWC since living in Lake City where we continue to entertain, read books, and enjoy chickens and our new poodle, Veteran.
Peggy Bales
Peggy Bales
Kerry Coy
Kerry Coy
Born in Fort Worth and raised in Boulder and Colorado Springs, Kerry graduated from CU Boulder in Art History. Career years were spent working in Financial Services and Real Estate. Kerry is dedicated to helping Lake City become even more of an artist’s community through her volunteering at LCA and continues her own work as an aspiring artist and avid crafter.
Don Farmer
Don Farmer
Don Farmer retired from teaching High school English in 1993. While teaching in Austin, Texas, he was active in theater, working with high school students, community theater, and Gilbert and Sullivan opera. His most rewarding role was that of Uncle Max in The Sound of Music. During his 18 years in Lake City, he has appeared in numerous productions of Magic Cabaret as well as community theater. A member of Lake City Arts Board of Directors, Don supervises community theater and enjoys time in the community choir.
Amy Humphreys
Amy Humphreys
Lake City native, mother of four, lover of the outdoors, music, dance and art, part time soda jerk and budding entrepreneur.
Jim Rowe
Jim Rowe
After 40 years in senior management at Roadway Express and working as an independent buisiness consultant Pam and I retired back to Denver from NE Ohio. Thirteen years ago I reconnected with my “inner musician” and picked up a used trombone to relive my “glory days” on the bandstand. Before long I was playing in dance, community and show bands in NE Ohio and Denver. After relocating full time to Lake City in 2016 I continue to pursue my passion to bring live music to Lake City year round. When not making music I spend my time hiking and snowshoeing in the San Juan mountains.
Celeste Scott
Celeste Scott
Celeste Scott is now a full-time resident of Lake City after spending many summers in the area with her family. She retired after forty years as an educator. She was an elementary teacher and an elementary and middle school principal. The last seven years of her career, Celeste was the Director of Elementary Education for Norman Public Schools in Norman, Oklahoma. Celeste studied piano for over twenty years with Dr. Leon Whitesell and competed in International Piano Guild Auditions. Since moving to Lake City in June, 2016, Celeste has become active in Lake City Arts and has participated in the last two summer theater productions. She has recently joined the Lake City Jazz Band as the pianist and periodically plays the piano and organ for the Community Presbyterian Church. Celeste is an active member of the Pioneer Jubilee Women’s Club and is currently serving as the secretary. For the past three years she has served on the grants committee for the club. It is only a rumor but many people think Celeste looks a lot like Mrs. Claus during the Christmas in Lake City celebration. No one really knows for sure.
Carolyn Virden
Carolyn Virden
Carolyn was raised in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from SMU. She moved to Lake City in 1975 and opened the Mountaineer Theater with her husband, Phillip. Besides serving on the Lake City Arts Board, Carolyn is on the boards of the Lake Fork Community Foundation and the Lake City Community School Foundation.
Jamie Turrentine
Jamie Turrentine
My name is Jamie Turrentine. I've been the Town Clerk for the Town of Lake City for over three years. I am a mother and grandmother as well as a cancer fighter/survivor. I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the First Baptist Church of Lake City. I love to hike, ski, I have attempted snow shoeing and I love to travel.