Silverthorne celebrates local artists and unveils art wall installation
The Art Wall, a temporary art installation establishing a sense of creativity in the heart of Silverthorne, will be unveiled with an Artist Recognition Reception on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. The Art Wall is an 8-foot tall and 200-foot long two-dimensional interactive piece that celebrates Silverthorne’s new arts initiative and showcases the work of 24 Summit County artists (seven of which are youth).
“We asked the community what kinds of art they desire during our Arts and Culture Strategic Planning process,” said Joanne Cook, Silverthorne recreation and culture director, in a statement. “Overwhelmingly, our residents said they wanted art to be accessible and welcoming and to provide opportunities for people of varied backgrounds to cross paths. They viewed art as an opportunity to bring our community together. We believe the Art Wall does just that.”
The wall also displays a photo history of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s (LDTC) performances and offers several magnetic games for viewers to play. One section of the wall provides a photo backdrop and was specifically included to provide a colorful photo opportunity for formal parties that are often held at the Silverthorne Pavilion, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center site.
The Art Wall showcases local talent that may otherwise not have a platform for display. The call for entries was open to artists with Summit County residences only, thus keeping the focus on local talent. The project was open to artists of all abilities and ages and the selection committee specifically chose a range of ages and talents for the project so a broad representation of artwork is included in the final display. The Art Wall includes some well-known local artist stars as well as some unknowns, and seven youth works are displayed as well. Honorariums were presented to adults in the amount of $200 per work chosen and ranged from $25-$75 for youth, depending on age.
The Performing Arts Center is a cooperation between the town and LDTC, which has operated in Dillon since its inception. However, as the LDTC’s programming grew, there was a need to expand performing space. And, as the town began focusing intently on creating a more vibrant and active downtown, the two organization’s missions intersected. The result was the design and construction of a new home for LDTC which is located in Silverthorne’s downtown — the exact area that town officials want to infuse with energy and most importantly, people. The Performing Arts Center is expected to open in April 2017.
The LDTC partnership is just one facet of the town’s recent focus on arts and culture. With a brand new Arts and Culture Strategic Plan, the town will offer more art-focused activities and events in the future including the Pavilion’s Café Concert Series, Sunset at the Summit Concerts in Rainbow Park, Celebrations Around the World, Pumpkinfest, the Holiday Bazaar and a growing partnership with Summit Music and Arts .
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