Alpine ArtAffair: 90 artists fill Winter Park weekend
The 36th annual Alpine ArtAffair returns this weekend to Winter Park, featuring almost 100 booths of fine arts and crafts, along with local interest booths, food, music and children’s activities. Admission is free to the popular summer event held Saturday and Sunday in a park setting between Kings Crossing and the Winter Park Post Office.In addition to the fine artists and their various media, entertainment and food are offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Artists from across the state and country will display and sell paintings, photography, glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and metalwork. Approximately 55 artists are previous ArtAffair artists, while 35 are new to the venue. New this year is a locals area, featuring Grand County artists and local interest booths, including Snow Mountain Ranch, Grand Arts Council, Middle Park Land Trust, Grand County PetPals, Grand County Wilderness Group, Horizons, Grand County Historical Association and Fraser Creative Learning Center. HawkQuest Birds of Prey Raptors are a featured booth again this year with a Bald Eagle, Kestrel, Barn Owl and Harris Hawk scheduled as honored guests. The nonprofit, informative booth was a big hit for all ages last year, according to Cheryl Day, co-chair of the Alpine ArtAffair committee. East Grand Fire District is planning a burn demonstration at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Local musicians Trisha Leone and Mickey Sandora will play, starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Long-time Winter Park musician Tim Connelly is set to play at 1 p.m. Saturday. As in years’ past, the artist booth fees provide college scholarships for local art students and funding for local arts related groups. Fraser Valley painter Elizabeth Kurtak has also created a 2009 Alpine ArtAffair painting depicting columbines that may be purchased as a print at the Alpine ArtAffair. Proceeds from the print sales will benefit music and arts in local schools.”It’s an immense amount of work but rewarding because the money stays within the communities,” stated Becky Rand, co-chair. The event is an important asset to the community and Rand said it’s nice to have volunteers working together to bring more arts to the mountains. “It was very gratifying to see so many artists apply to this year’s juried event and we hope everyone will come and support these talented artists in their creative work.” The Lion’s Club will be on location selling food along with Funkey Monkey Crepes & Chocolate Co., Nuts to You, Snowball Palace and Wild Horse Gourmet.For a list and links to many of the attending artists’ Web sites, visit http://www.alpineartaffair.
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