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John Warner knows how to pack a lot of experiences into his trips and his visit to Italy last April and May was no exception. See his slides and learn about his latest adventure at the next Friends of the Summit County Library travel series at 7 tonight in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne.Warner began his trip with friends for some ski mountaineering near Chamonix where they climbed Mt. Dolent east of Mt. Blanc.”We could see into France, Switzerland and Italy from the top,” described Warner. “Then we traveled to Zermott and climbed Castor and Pollux, twin peaks. One was a rock climb and the other an ice climb.”During the next part of the trip, Warner and his wife explored the Chianti region around San Gimignano and then finished up in Rome. “We used public transit and walked a lot in Rome. It was fascinating exploring the city and Roman ruins,” said Warner.Enjoy Warner’s slides at the next travel slide show presented by the Friends of the Summit County Libraries at 7 p.m today at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne.The slideshow is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 468-5887.

Jamie Monroe, a Frisco artist and metal worker will give a lecture & display of the process of metal working at the County Commons Building in Frisco at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.Jamie began forging hot steel in college in the 80s. He lived in Summit County, doing iron work. During the early 90s, he moved to Montana for 10 years and has recently returned to our area. His favorite pastime is digging through rusty metal piles looking for material to create his next treasure. He takes the old and makes it new again.

Award-winning photographer Richard Seeley of Silverthorne will be exhibiting his photographs of wildlife parents with their young, at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge (500 S. Main St., La Cima Mall) throughout the month of February, with a reception from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.Seeley’s work features images taken in national parks and wildlife areas all around the nation, featuring Colorado, New England and Alaska. The images include families of grizzly bears, foxes, swans, lynx, moose, owls, whooping cranes and others. His unique focus is to capture wildlife families during intimate interactions.”First I have to find them, then I need the right weather conditions, then I need the right camera gear in position, then I need to be in the right location relative to the wildlife (not too far and not too close), and finally I need luck and patience to capture that special image of an intimate moment or unique wildlife event,” he said.Many of the images at this show demonstrate how persistence, patience and luck can pay off.In addition to being this month’s featured artist at the Arts Alive Gallery, Seeley’s works are displayed at galleries in Gloucester, Rockport and Newburyport. His works also hang in many private collections worldwide. http://www.richardseeleyphotography.com



This concert is presented by Lord of the Mountains Concert Series and features Basil Vendryes on viola and AnnMarie Liss on harp at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon. Founded through mutual admiration of talent as both instrumentalists and artists,Liss and Vendryes come together as Duo Esprit to explore the repertoire for this unique musical combination. Duo Esprit has commissioned works by Lamont School of Music professor Christopher Malloy; distinguished New York composer David Tcimpidis; Italian composer, Andrea Ferrante; and others. It is Duo Esprit’s hope to bring the unified voice of the harp and viola to audiences on a regular basis. “We look forward to presenting new works written especially for us, as well as a staple for our instrumentation, the ‘Fantasy Sonata of Sir Arnold Bax,'” said Liss. Their performance will also include Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” as well as works by Ricardo Iznaola and Frank Bridge.Vendryes is principal violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and currently serves on the faculties of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, the Quartet Program at SUNY Fredonia, New York and the Montecito Music Festival in California. He is also the founder and director of the Colorado Young Sinfonia, comprised of some of the best young talent in the Denver area. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. Liss began harp lessons at the age of 9, and at the age of 11 was a finalist in the American Harp Society National Competition. She studied with French harpist Isabelle Perrin at the Ecole Normale Suprieure de Musique de Paris, where she earned the prestigious Diplme Suprieure de Concertiste (D.M.A.) in 2005. Liss has performed as guest solo artist and principal harpist with many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Since 2007, she has been a part of the Colorado College studio faculty while maintaining an active private studio and freelance concert career.This performance, which promises to be spectacular, is the fifth concert in the Lord of the Mountains’ inaugural 2010-2011 Concert Series. This series brings outstanding performances to audiences in Summit County throughout the concert year. Previous offerings this season have included the ColoradoYoung Sinfonia in October, the Colorado Baroque Ensemble in November, a concert of sacred Christmas Music, including Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” performed by the Lord of the Mountains Sanctuary Choir in December and, most recently, an organ concert by Leonard Rhodes in January.Future concerts will feature Paul Nagem, flautist on March 27 and a performance with violin and piano featuring artists Brian Hanly and Leonard Rhodes on May 1. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Children and students under 17 are admitted free. Tickets are also available at the church office by calling (970) 468-6809 or through the Ticket Turtle link on the LOTM website (www.lordofthemountains.org).

After only four years, the arts service group Artspace is already providing economic and cultural dividends for visual artists. INSPIRATIONS on Thursday, February 24 at Two Rivers Winery Chateau, 2087 Broadway in the Redlands, showcases new artwork by gifted youth and talented professionals, from 11a.m. to 7p.m. This show highlights work of art entrepreneurs by sharing their creative work, not seen in area galleries. A silent Auction will raise money for educational scholarships. At the chateau more than 65 professional and new, emerging artists exhibit new work in collaboration with 95 talented youth and students from EIGHT area schools. It becomes a unique event with generations of artists working together and sharing their creative expressions with the public. Artspace is open to new members in every media of fine arts and fine crafts. The nonprofit shares the belief that the “working artist studio” turns passions into art businesses. Artist entrepreneurs, like other professionals, need education, support, and exhibition opportunities to jump start their art businesses. That’s why the mission of the organization, to incubate the growth of the art and individual artists, enhances the cultural and economic vitality of our community. For more information, call (970) 640-8177 or visit the website at artspacecolorado.org.



AUSTIN, Texas – On Saturday, March 19, the SXSW Music Conference will host the panel “Vinyl Records 3.0: Challenges And Rewards,” bringing together seven music industry professionals to discuss the current state and future of vinyl records in the marketplace. Within the past five years, vinyl record sales have steadily been on the rise. According to Nielsen Soundscan, 2.2 million units were sold in 2009, marking a 33 percent increase from the year prior, which was already a landmark for the medium with sales increasing nearly 50 percent in 2008. However, vinyl record production is a multi-tiered process; independent artists looking to break into the medium for the first time and those labels reacquainting themselves with the process are still faced with a unique set of decisions and challenges. The “3.0” panel will address such concerns by moderating audience questions and discussions throughout the entire event.Panelists will discuss, in detail, the initial audio preparation, mastering, submission, manufacturing processes, print and packaging, design aspects and other details required to successfully release an album on vinyl. Emphasis will be placed on staying within budget and on schedule, while creatively expressing the musicians’ vision. For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com.

Mardi Gras meets the mountains with a masquerade ball, live music and Main Street parade in Breckenridge. Mix it up this carnival season (March 5-8) with outstanding ski conditions, incredible lodging deals and a weekend-long mountain town celebration. Visit http://www.gobreck.com for more information.


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