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Mountain Art Festivals July 4th show offers works from 100 artists

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Mountain Art Festivals producers Tina and Dick Cunningham.
Miles F. Porter IV / Special to the Daily |

Mountain Art Festivals kicks off its summer 2016 season this July Fourth weekend in Breckenridge.

This show marks the first of three summer Mountain Art Festivals in Breckenridge, with the 33rd Annual July Art Festival at Main Street Station, Saturday through Monday, July 2-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (closing at 5 on Monday), with free admission.

Producing the festivals is the father-daughter team of Dick and Tina Cunningham. Tina is a full-time Kingdom of Breckenridge resident and Dick returns frequently to his old hometown.

Their shows have been nationally ranked over the years, helping to bolster the town’s 2015-16 recognition for its creative efforts. For the second year in a row, Breckenridge has ranked No. 4 in an arts vibrancy study released by the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR).

“I think it’s really exciting for not only Breckenridge, but it really reflects our county,” said Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts. “It’s exciting to be recognized for that.”

Dick Cunningham, a touring professional photographer, believes the Mountain Art Festivals’ annual trifecta demonstrates the community’s appreciation of the arts.

“The Mountain Art Festivals provide venues for talented artisans to exhibit and sell their work to thousands of art enthusiasts every summer, while offering patrons the unique opportunity to meet the artists, learn the sources of their inspiration, ask questions about techniques, commission a specific piece, and, of course, purchase fine works of art,” say the Cunninghams. “We have artists from across the nation.”

Nearly 100 fine artists have been selected in a jurying process.

Among them are: Bruce Taylor, Guilloume, Fredrick Prescott, Kevin Miles, Hugh Beebower, Doug Tomlinson, Dan and Steve Sawusch, Michael Stipek, Douglas Wodark, Mary Staby, Andrew Carson, Kara Young, Brian Keller, Sugatha Roeder, Patti and Bob Stern, Harry Roa, Cecelia Eidemiller, Robert Dachenhausen, Beth Erlund, Scott Hartley, Steve Knox, Mark Lewanski, Betsy Bracken, Dana Robbins, Jerry Locke, Bear McLaughlin, Wendy Newman, Jaia Mirren, Tai Poon, David Gonzales, Casey Hankin, Gail Heilman, Bruce Larrabee, Jan Bushart, Mark and Jean Oberkirsch, Ralph Parker, Barbara Marcus and Daniel McKenna.

Following this week’s show, Breckenridge will host the 15th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival on July 29-31, and the 41st Annual Gathering at the Great Divide on Sept. 3-5. These events are staged at the Wellington and Sawmill parking lots on North Main Street.

For more information on Mountain Art Festivals visit mountainartfestivals.com or call (970) 547-9326.


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