The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival returns to Summit County on Sept. 14 with a concert at 7 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.This concert is a special event. At 6 p.m., the musicians will hold a pre-concert discussion and demonstration of chamber music techniques for the benefit of music students with an interest in classical music. Summit students and music teachers are invited – at no charge – to meet and interact with the six Alpenglow principals and attend the 7 p.m. concert that follows. Regular admission for the concert is $20 for adults; no charge for students.Please call (970) 333-8001 or contact by email: LTKelly56@hotmail.com for more information, or visit http://www.alpenglowchambermusic.org.
The Breckenridge retail merchants are hosting a Labor Day weekend sidewalk sale. Today through Monday more than 120 local merchants on Main Street and Ridge Street will offer summer stock and winter products at reduced prices, including apparel, jewelry, socks, shoes, hats, gloves, spices and more. The fall sidewalk sale is a great way to support local businesses and keep tax dollars in the county to support schools, jobs and roads. For more information contact (970) 453-2913.
Seventeen years ago, BenJamin Stielow never thought his apprentice job in Vehicle Maintenance at Copper Mountain would lead him to his current career as an accomplished artist. Having grown up in Dillon, Stielow graduated from Summit High School in 1993. He first developed his firm foundation of welding skills at that job at Copper Mountain. Today he prides himself on his ability to create amazing steel aspen sculptural pieces as beautiful art. Stielow’s work consists of metal art using raw steel plates, copper sheets and a handheld plasma torch to freehand cut all the details of his original aspen pieces. He then uses different patinas to color the metal and a clear sealant to keep it looking great. Currently a resident of Conifer, the incredible mountain vistas of Colorado continue to inspire Stielow. In 2009, Stielow won awards at four of the six judged shows he attended. This included Best Metal at the Boulder Creek Fine Art Tent, Jurors Mention at the Castle Pines Art Show, Best of Mixed Media at the Golden Fine Arts Festival, and a Judges award for Metal at the Castle Rock Art Festival.Visit Stielow at the 35th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival in Breckenridge this Labor Day weekend, Saturday to Monday. For more information, visit http://www.bjamincustoms.com or http://www.mountainartfestivals.com.
Artist DD LaRue has made a career out of pushing the envelope. Many adjectives have been used to describe her mixed-media sculptures, but mundane is sure not one of them. Rather, her work has been called anything from whimsical to challenging to mischievous to downright transcendental.LaRue is best known for her work depicting happy, sculpted dogs hanging their heads out of real Volkswagen car doors. Yes, life-sized dogs and life-sized car doors. The same kind you would see driving down the road. LaRue’s work grabs your attention in the same manner that a happy hound halfway out of the window while cruising down the freeway does. Put simply, you can’t help but look.”Because the relationship between dogs and humans is the oldest and most complex alliance between two species, they provide unique metaphors to the human condition,” LaRue said. “Exploring the human-dog connection through my anthropomorphic canines, I intend to provide an illuminating mirror for us, the ‘dominant species.'” As such, LaRue’s work can range from the completely bizarre (how about a beagle covered in fruits and veggies?) to the hyper-realistic dogs hanging out of car windows. LaRue’s 40 years of working with dogs has provided her with a deep understanding of both their anatomical form and emotional nature. Her work captures both perfectly.LaRue typically works in a medium she calls neo-cartonnage. Neo-cartonnage is based on cartonnage, an ancient technique used by the Egyptians to create wraps to cover mummified bodies. The Egyptians used layers of linen, glue and paint to spruce up their mummies. LaRue added a few of her own materials like wire, fiberglass and enamel and began creating away. Years later, her accomplishments include winning Best in Show in the 3-D mixed-media category at the prestigious Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, one of the nation’s top art shows.With such a highly-regarded, well-known artist showing work in a new medium for the first time, LaRue’s show this weekend promises to be very special. LaRue will also be showing a collection from her new series of beautiful colored mirror mosaic birds. She will be at work throughout the weekend creating a new piece for this series, surely a sight to behold. You can meet LaRue and watch her work in the Art on a Whim at 100 N. Main St., Breckenridge. For more information call (970) 547-8399.
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