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Janet Day: Speaking of artists …

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Do Your Part for Art. Grand County artists are usually a solitary bunch, painting outdoors by themselves, quietly working in glass-blowing or pottery studios, sharing a work space with nothing more than a pet. That all changed last year when two persistent artists – Patty Alander and Marie Johannes – relentlessly worked to bring the county’s artists together to build relationships and promote local arts.

The culmination of that work is the Art out of Thin Air Members Show being held through most of July at the lovely new Pole Creek Golf Course Clubhouse. Paintings, photography, pottery and pillows are among the works that 26 Grand County artists will have on display and for sale from July 2 through July 23.

An opening reception will be held Thursday at the clubhouse from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. In addition to the artwork, there will be a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to be used toward purchasing any of the art from the show, appetizers and a cash bar.

Most if not all of the artists will be at the reception. You may already know some of the names – Fran Cassidy, Marjorie Cranston, April Hilton, Heidi McNinch – so stop by and meet the others, including me. And remind your Front Range friends that there’s no need for them to swelter in the heat when they can head up here to enjoy cool temps, great golf and amazing artwork all at the same time.

Speaking of art, which I often do, Arts on Park Avenue in Grand Lake is offering a summer full of drawing, painting and crafts classes. Those kids’ classes, offered Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, are just $10 and that includes supplies. Adult classes are offered in oil painting, watercolor and acrylic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call Karen at (941) 623-3720 for details or to register.

Farm-Fresh Fun. I was out of town and missed the inaugural Fraser Farmer’s Market on Sunday but am looking forward to participating the rest of the summer. The vendor mix looks like a fun one. On any Sunday you’ll find plenty of produce but also might find wine, coffee, jewelry, art, pet supplies, ice cream, tamales and food from several local residents for sale.

Creepy Crowds. I missed all the local events this past weekend because I was over in Summit County, an experience that makes me glad to come home. Oh, I do envy their variety of restaurants and shops, the strength of their community organizations, the breadth of their public transportation system and the collaborative nature of their governments – none of which can be found in Grand County – but the crowds are unbearable.

Traffic is bumper-to-bumper all day, parking is often impossible and the noise level is high. This has little to do with tourists – there are just so many people now living in the Silverthorne-Keystone-Frisco-Breckenridge area that it’s become Aurora with mountains.

The Sound of Music. Fortunately for those like me who missed Blues from the Top and may not be around for the other big music festivals, we can get our toes tapping on Saturdays at Cooper Creek Square.

Gary Key and Sam Osborne will be playing at the Music on the Mall event this weekend (after a five-week road show through the Ozarks). Jake Royall and Tom Camillo will be playing next Saturday.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCrafts.


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