First Tracks Friday art show hits Uptripping next week |

First Tracks Friday art show hits Uptripping next week

An example of some of the artwork that will be shown during the First Tracks Friday art show on April 6 at Uptripping Gallery in Downtown Winter Park.
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Have an old pair of skis or a snowboard? Why not turn them into a work of art?

A new art show is kicking off in Winter Park next week, featuring retired skis and snowboards turned into creative masterpieces. The show, called First Tracks Friday, will be held at Uptripping gallery and will feature more than 30 local artists.

“It’s been an idea that’s been tumbling around for a long time, and I just couldn’t figure out how to get it off the ground,” said Jill Sutcliffe, owner of the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop. “We have a ton of old skis that we’ve held onto forever…we decided instead of throwing them away and messing up the environment, why not see if we could get some artists, crafters and creators to paint on them?”

Sutcliffe teamed up with Suzie Cruz from Framewerx and Shannon Henn of Uptripping to create the event. Together they’re hoping that First Tracks Friday can become an annual show, held toward the end of ski season so that people can retire their old skis and snowboards for the show.

The organizers are also hoping the event will kick off a monthly First Friday art walk, similar to those found in Denver’s art districts on Sante Fe and RINO.

“It’s something we’re hoping to do every year as kind of a kick off event,” said Sutcliffe. “We want to bring a First Friday event to town and try and get that rolling. So this is kind of our inaugural show.”

Adding a little bit of intrigue to the show is the charitable angle. Fifty percent of all sales will go to the artists, while the other 50 percent will go to a charity of the artist’s choice. Sutcliffe said artists will be donating to a number of local organizations including Grand County Pet Pals, the Grand Foundation, Mountain Family Center, National Sports Center for the Disabled, fire protection districts and more.

“We were kind of afraid the artists wouldn’t be okay with this 50/50 split, but they loved it,” said Sutcliffe. “They love the idea of being able to give back and create at the same time.”

The show is on April 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s free to attend and will include complimentary wine and beer samples from Dive Bar Brewing.

“We can all celebrate that these skis bring a lot of money to town,” said Sutcliffe. “Let’s not retire them to the dump, let’s retire them to somebody’s wall in their home.”

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