Explore butterflies, hike Montezuma or discover a new art gallery this week in Summit County | SummitDaily.com

Explore butterflies, hike Montezuma or discover a new art gallery this week in Summit County

Special to the Daily/Amy Kossler

‘Butterflies of Summit County’ talk is Sunday

Get to know the butterflies and moths of Summit County when photographer Amy Kossler presents her talk, “Butterflies of Summit County,” on Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Mount Royal Room of the County Commons in Frisco.

This stunning new photographic exhibit in the County Commons second-floor exhibit space is so realistic it’s hard to believe they are “cutouts” of Kossler’s photographs.

“While I was putting the exhibit up, people would stop and ask me if these were real butterflies,” said Sue Paluska, the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee member who staged the exhibit. “They couldn’t believe they were cut out from Kossler’s photos.”

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Learn to be an amateur lepidopterist at Kossler’s presentation; the talk is free, and all ages are welcome. The exhibit will remain up until the end of August. The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, whose mission is to add significance to the quality of life enjoyed by Summit County residents and visitors by instilling an awareness and appreciation of the arts, is sponsoring the talk and exhibit.

For more information, call Leslie Aaholm at (970) 668-3603.

Montezuma hike sold out

The Summit Historical Society’s hike to Saints John on Tuesday is sold out. A second identical hike has been added on July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with space for 30 hikers.

Both hikes are followed by a Montezuma walkabout with local author Mary Ellen Gilliland and a “schoolhouse lunch” at the Montezuma schoolhouse. Hikers are asked to meet at the schoolhouse in Montezuma. The cost is $10 for members or $15 for nonmembers, and reservations are required.

For more information or to reserve a spot on the hike, call (970) 468-2207. To learn more about the Summit Historical Society, visit http://www.summit historical.org.

Breckenridge Resort Chamber annual meeting is July 11

The Breckenridge Resort Chamber annual meeting will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. July 11 at Colorado Mountain College. The meeting is titled “How to Gain Profitability through Better Guest Experience.”

The morning will start with a light breakfast buffet and performances by artists including string musicians from the National Repertory Orchestra, actors from the Backstage Theatre, visual artists from the Breckenridge Arts District, vintage characters from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and a display of instruments and past performances from the Breckenridge Music Festival.

John McMahon, president and CEO of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber, will introduce the meeting, followed by a guest experience presentation, “Increase your profit by 28 percent,” from Erica Kaehly, president of “Guest Services Solutions.” McMahon will then speak about future tourism, and Board of Directors elections will be held.

There is a fee of $15 to attend the annual meeting. RSVP for the event to dneyland@gobreck.com or (970) 453-5048 by July 8.

New art gallery opening in Leadville

Leomyka Art Gallery, located at 601 Harrison Ave., Leadville, is a brand-new gallery featuring high-quality art from some of the area’s finest artists. The gallery is located in the heart of the Leadville’s picturesque downtown in a building that was built in 1894.

The grand opening will be Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. The gallery features more than 40 artists who vary greatly in their diverse styles, inspirations and mediums and is exhibiting everything from large marble sculptures to heavy oil landscapes to photography to pottery and jewelry. The opening will be an opportunity to meet many of the featured artists who are excited to talk about their work.

Leomyka Art Gallery’s mission is to promote high-quality art in the town of Leadville by providing a professional gallery where artists can share their creations. The opening will include live music, wine and cheese and some special gift for select guests.

For more information, call the Leomyka Art Gallery in Leadville at (719) 486-3883 or visit http://leomyka.com.

Aspen Film accepting submissions for Filmfest

Aspen Film has announced the call-for-entries for its 35th edition of Aspen Filmfest, to take place in Aspen, Sept. 25-29. The festival, drawing everyone from serious cinephiles to casual movie lovers, is a noncompetitive invitational festival for feature-length narrative and documentary film. The deadline for entry is July 15.

To be eligible, films must be 60 minutes in length or longer and completed since January 2012. Aspen Film is only able to consider films that will not have a theatrical release, television airdate or Internet availability before the festival. Likewise, only films that have not screened in the Aspen region can be considered. There is a festival entry fee of $75.

For more information including guidelines and entry form, visit http://www.aspenfilm.org.

Celebrate freedom by ringing a bell

In the early 1700s, the bell was the primary instrument used to call people together — gathering children for school, assembling the congregation for church, announcing important news, celebrating events and alerting citizens to danger. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy called for the ringing of the bells every year on Independence Day.

To resurrect the American tradition of citizens celebrating freedom and to mark the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, No Greater Love, National Cartoonists Society and the Iron Workers, International Association of Fire Fighters and Sheet Metal Workers unions have joined forces to resurrect this tradition.

On Thursday at 2 p.m., these organizations ask that wherever you happen to be — home, out for a walk, picnics, parades, boating, sporting events, etc. — you ring a bell. Any kind of bell will work, and if you don’t have a bell, shake your keys or tap something on a glass to make it ring.

“The bell-ringing connects us to our forefathers by using the same instrument of freedom they used to celebrate the founding of our nation to call our citizens together in celebration of freedom today,” states a news release from No Greater Love. “As we celebrate our freedom, let us also celebrate the lives of those who sacrificed for that freedom.”

For more information on the bell-ringing event or the organizations supporting it, call (202) 445-1500 or email remember@NGL.org.

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