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Art and craft shows planned in Frisco

LORY POUNDERsummit daily newsSummit County CO Colorado
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FRISCO Frisco residents and visitors will likely be able to acquire any kind of craft or piece of art they’d like at one of this summer’s shows.The town council recently approved a contract with Howard Alan Events, Ltd. for an art show with about 150 exhibitors the weekend following the Fourth of July and for a smaller show of about 75 exhibitors Aug. 18-19. Also, local resident Charlotte Clarke is putting together a craft show on private property during the July 4 festivities to carry out a small, local show tradition and raise money for the newly formed nonprofit, Alliance for Historical Preservation, she said.Crafts for historic preservationA variety of jewelry, pottery and food will be available at the two-day Frisco Craft Fair that Clarke is organizing for July 4-5 on a vacant lot on 8th Avenue supplied by Tom Silengo.

The event will be the kick-off fundraiser for the Alliance for Historical Preservation, an organization which plans to preserve historic homes and buildings and put markers at former Frisco mines. Clarke, who was a member of the Frisco Historical Society and who organized last year’s craft show during the Fourth of July celebration, said they are hoping to carry out the mission of the former Historical Society. Another former board member, Peggy Alexander, will be the vice-president of the new nonprofit, Clarke said.Clarke began looking into options to continue a small, local craft show that was held at the Historic Park in previous years out of concern for crafters who may not get in or have the entry fee for the Howard Alan show, an upscale event that draws artists from all over.The shows are not competing, said Clarke. He wanted to make sure everyone could participate in one or the other.”I’m hoping they’ll get a good turnout and the shows will prosper,” she added.Clarke attended the Frisco Town Council meeting Tuesday to let the members know about her show.Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen thanked her and said, “Good luck with your show. We appreciate the work you do here.”

Final decision made on Frisco art showsDiscussion about the possibility of a Howard Alan Event began a few months ago. Council members often said they liked the idea of the art show, but had reservations about the July 7, 8 dates.Howard Alan is known for his art shows all over the United States, many of which are ranked among the top in the country, said Linda Lichtendahl, marketing and communications director for the town.However, since that is already a busy weekend, council members had been hoping to move it to a less busy time to draw a crowd on another weekend and bring more money into the town.Alan was not able to switch the dates because of prior arrangements, but he offered the possibility of a smaller show on Aug. 18-19, Lichtendahl told the council at one of their work session.In the end, Frisco Town Council members agreed to try the art show for one year and see how it works before agreeing to an annual event. They said they are hoping they can establish the show this year and move it a less busy time in the future.The contract includes a provision for off-site parking for the Main Street show, allowance of sidewalk sales for businesses during that time and the configuration of tents in the middle of the street to draw customers to the local businesses.

Some local artists said they are excited about the possibility of being in a Howard Alan show because they are so well known.Add your artworkAny crafters interested in selling their work at the Frisco Craft Fair on July 4-5 at 310 8th Ave. by Highway 9 in Frisco should contact Charlotte Clarke at (970) 668-3855 or The fee for a 10-square-foot space is $100. She is also looking for an electrician who could help the organization get power to the lot that weekend for a “reasonable fee,” she said.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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