Winter Park: Arts Week: Eat, paint and be merry |

Winter Park: Arts Week: Eat, paint and be merry

by Cyndi PalmerSky-Hi Daily News

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The 35th Annual Alpine ArtAffair kicks off this years Arts Week in the Fraser Valley, featuring more than 100 juried fine arts booths and artisans this Saturday and Sunday across from Park Plaza. Arts Week continues with a canvas of artist demonstrations and activities throughout Grand County.Entertainment, food and fun is on the horizon for residents and guests at the Alpine ArtAffair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Artists set up to display their multitude of talents range from jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, to glass and pottery, with about a dozen of them from Grand County. A first-through-third-place award will be given to those Best in Show, with winners receiving ribbons and monetary awardsThe two-day event also features a wide variety of childrens activities, including free face painting, Horizons activities, crafts with the Fraser Creative Learning Center, and the festival debut of HawkQuest (featuring a live hawk, eagle and owl for an educational program sponsored by the Grand Foundation).Several non-profits are also scheduled to set up booths or have representatives present during the festival, and Plein Air artist demonstrations are scheduled in conjunction with the ArtAffair 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.As in years past, booth fees will go to help the volunteers who make up the Alpine ArtAffair board provide annual scholarships to local students pursuing the arts. Sales of this years event print, of an aspen grove near St. Louis Creek designed by artist Elizabeth Kurtak, are for sale for $20 with proceeds to benefit the music and arts departments at East and West Grand Schools.Its an immense amount of work but very rewarding because the money stays within the communities, said Becky Rand, who is helping put the event together. The event is a big asset to the arts community and Rand said its nice to have everyone working together to bring more arts to the mountains.Featured returning painter Carol Kitts said among many of her booth visitors last year she had a man from Seattle and a woman from Richmond, Va. that thought this was the best show of its kind they had ever been to … Coast to Coast.For the first time, the festival is combined with the annual Arts Week. Free events during Arts Week include:Tuesday, July 29 Youth art mentoring 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hideaway Park and Cooper Creek Square Plein Air artist demonstrations 3 to 5 p.m. at RendezvousWednesday, July 30 Granby Paint Out 9 a.m. to noon at Streamside Art 3 to 5 p.m. Plein Air artist demos at the Fraser Welcome CenterThursday, July 31 Plein Air artist demos 3 to 5 p.m. at RendezvousFriday, Aug. 1 Plein Air artist demos at Hideaway Park Third annual Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters national show opening 4 to 9 p.m. at the Elk Horn Art GallerySaturday, Aug. 2 RMPAP Quick Draw and Auction 9 am. to 1 p.m. at Rendezvous Western Living Experience Art Tour & Expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hideaway Park and Cooper Creek Square Wine tasting noon to 8 p.m. at Verso at CCS Youth art show 2 to 4 p.m. at CCS Western Hoedown 2 to 7:30 p.m. with square dance lessons and live music from Hunker Down at CCS Southwest Art Meet and Greet 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Elk Horn Art GallerySunday, Aug. 3 Western Living Experience Art Tour & Expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hideaway Park and Cooper Creek Square Wine tasting noon to 6 p.m. at CCSA handful of workshops are also scheduled throughout the week for a fee.For more information about Arts Week events or to purchase lessons during one of the workshops (not listed above), call (970) 726-9292 or visit