Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond |

Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Courtesy of Elyssa Pallai
Courtesy of Elyssa Pallai |

Singers invited to join Summit Choral Society

The Summit Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Jill Schroeder-Dorn, would like to invite any interested singers to join the choir for its summer session. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, June 1, and are held each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 16072 state Highway 9, across from Summit High School. Rehearsals begin with vocal exercises, followed by choral singing.

The Summit Choral Society will be working on lighter music for the summer, primarily Broadway show tunes, and the organization would like to especially invite high school students to join the group. If you have questions or need transportation, call president Elisia Hersh at (970) 368-0268.

Young illustrators wanted for new children’s book

Breckenridge Creative Arts and authors Elyssa Pallai and Ken Nager are giving local aspiring artists an opportunity to be part of the magic of producing a new children’s book. “Eli and Mort’s Epic Adventures: Breckenridge” will incorporate illustrations by local students, alongside the characters of Eli and Mort created by artist Eduardo Paj.

The authors and BreckCreate will host an open house event at the Quandary Antiques Cabin, 131 S. Ridge St. in the Breckenridge Arts District, on Tuesday, June 2, where local kids ages 7 to 17 will choose an image from around Breckenridge to develop into an illustration. Students will be able to complete their drawings and submit them via provided addressed envelopes, which must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 10.

For more information, call Pallai at (720) 262-682, or email; for updated information on illustration workshops in conjunction with the contest, visit

Vail seeking artists to contribute to new skatepark

The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of previously integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s new skatepark. The project has a budget of $50,000 to commission public art into the skatepark, which will be integral its aesthetic identity.

The Vail Town Council recently awarded California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier skatepark designers, a contract to design a previously unused space between the north and south structures of the Lionshead parking garage for a permanent skatepark in Vail. This vacant space will be graded to include 5,700 to 6,000 square feet of skating terrain. The selected artist will work closely with the designers of the skatepark and the town of Vail design teams to create a cohesive skatepark where art complements the design.

The selected artist will integrate public art opportunities to enhance and enliven the space of the skatepark. Working with designers and Art in Public Places, the overall aesthetic of the skatepark will provide a distinctive recreational experience. To learn more about the artwork criteria, requirements, locations, timeline and artist qualifications, visit The deadline for applications is Friday, June 12.

Moon rock visits museum in Leadville for the summer

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum recently announced the visit this summer of a moon rock collected by astronauts during the Apollo 17 mission. The lunar sample, on loan from the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, will be on display beginning Saturday, May 30, in the museum’s exhibit “Expanding Boundaries: Harrison Schmitt and the New Mining Frontier.” It will remain on exhibit through Labor Day.

“Expanding Boundaries” is an interactive exhibit funded by a 2010 grant from the Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers. It contains meteorites and other materials from space in the mining museum’s collection and on loan from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The December 1972 Apollo 17 mission was the last manned landing on the moon to date. Astronauts Harrison Schmitt, a geologist and later U.S. Senator from New Mexico, and Eugene Cernan completed geological surveying and sampling of materials and surface features in the Taurus-Littrow region. Materials the astronauts collected, including the moon rock coming to the Leadville museum, were among 842 pounds of rocks and soil returned to earth during six lunar expeditions during 1969 through 1972.

Visit to learn more about this and other exhibits at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

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