Janet Day " Art and artists take center stage in Grand County events
May 3, 2009
County Creations. This is going to be a great summer for arts, artists and art-lovers in Grand County.
The arts/crafts show season kicks off with the annual Grand Lake Spring Fine Art and Craft Fair in June, followed by the popular Alpine ArtAffair in July and the Winter Park Colorado Craft Fair in August.
And now we’ve now got two new events that focus on Grand County artists, their enormous talents and their wonderful products. Both events take advantage of great, perhaps under-utilized venues.
Art Out of Thin Air, the energetic year-old local artists group, will host its first member’s show at the new Pole Creek Golf Course Club House. This will be an on-going event where artists display a couple items, many of which will be for sale. The opening reception will take place July 2 with the art displayed through July 23. From what I’ve heard, the new clubhouse is shaping up to be a gorgeous facility and what better way to inaugurate it this summer than filling it with art?
Another new event that has a lot of people excited is a Grand County arts weekend at Winter Park Resort’s new village July 11-12. Organizers are hoping it will become an annual event to showcase arts and crafts made locally.
The village should make a great venue for an arts/crafts fair with its winding brick walkway, gazebo, ample parking, cabriolet rides and Continental Divide views. Event organizer Nancy Bjerken is hoping that local artists not only show and sell their products, but offer some demonstrations or hands-on displays for visitors. Grand County artists interested in participating in the free weekend show should contact Bjerken at 970.726.6563 or NBjerken@zmlwp.com.
Local arts events don’t end with the summer. The popular Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters show has been moved to September this year so that the artists who paint outdoors and in real-time can take advantage of our stunning fall colors. Check out the work of some previous event winners at the Elk Horn Art Gallery in downtown Winter Park.
For a taste of some crafts of old, check out the annual Mother’s Day Quilt and Tea event at Cozens Ranch on Saturday. The event also will celebrate the publication of Joan Shaw’s book, “Mountain I Dos” with profits from the sale of the book going to the Grand County Historical Society.
Permit Pains. I’ve heard from quite a few people on both sides of the on-going debate about activities at the Colorado Adventure Park. This winter saw it open as a second tubing hill in Fraser, but the company has asked for additions to its special use permit for a variety of activities, including hay rides, all-terrain-vehicle rentals and guided tours, an arcade, a zip line and ropes course, go-carts, Frisbee golf, a restaurant and barn lodge that would host weddings or events, snowmaking, dog sledding and skiing/snowboarding.
Whew, that’s a lot going on at one property. I’m assuming those are all options that Colorado Adventure Park would like to be able to consider for operations, but surrounding residents and those concerned about the environment are worried what such expanded uses would mean for noise, light pollution, water pollution, traffic and quality of life.
But I’ve also heard from those who say if the Adventure Park company still has that kind of money and is still interested in developing revenue-generating activities in the Fraser Valley ” and creating jobs in the process ” the county should be more open minded to the development.
Grand County Planning and Zoning will hold a public hearing on the permit renewal and modifications on May 12.
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