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Give back to our planet this Christmas

Daily News staff report

This Christmas, the Art on a Whim gallery in Breckenridge invites you to give back to yourself and future generations by helping to provide our planet with more protection. A portion of all sales made in the gallery from today through the close of business Sunday will benefit the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign. The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign works with the mission of providing a new generation of wilderness in the White River National Forest region.

Artist Lelija Roy will be in the gallery showing a collection of her latest works. Roy’s newest series of richly textured paintings are all inspired by the beautiful places included on the Hidden Gems 2.0 list, such as Treasure Mountain, Bulldog Creek, the Ten Mile Range, Ute Pass and more.

“The beauty of the wilderness is at the core of my inspiration as a landscape artist,” Roy said. “I select scenes to paint that I hope will share the joy and wonder I find in nature. I’m delighted to be able to join this effort to preserve the wilderness for future generations.”

In particular interest to locals and visitors to Summit County is the Ten Mile area, as it sits only 2 miles west of Breckenridge and encompasses the western slopes of the peaks featured at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Ten Mile Range is a high, narrow divide that separates the Ten Mile Creek from the Blue River, with elevations ranging from 9,700 feet to a massive 14,200 feet at Quandary Peak. Much of the area is above timberline and supports an alpine environment dominated by tundra and scree. The forest in the area is mostly comprised of Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir. The incredible scenery of the area is enjoyed by many more than those living in and visiting Summit County. The area is called home by many bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, deer, bear and lynx. Hidden Gems is working to protect this area from further mining threats in order to ensure it’s continued enjoyment as a pristine natural area for skiers, mountain bikers, hikers and all of our furry friends that call the Ten Mile Range home.

As part of the benefit this weekend in Art on a Whim Roy will be demonstrating her mixed-media techniques while she works on a new painting of the lower McCullough Gulch waterfall. Included in the Ten Mile Range area that Hidden Gems is working to protect, McCullough Gulch is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in all of Summit County. The area is only a few short miles south of Breckenridge. Roy will be working with a mix of acrylic paints, handmade rice papers, india inks, fabrics and more as she creates another stunning Summit County scene.

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