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Art world gathers at Riverwalk Center

BRECKENRIDGE – Mountains, beaches and resorts – that’s where artists tend to migrate, and Summit County is no exception. This weekend, local and regional artists gather at the Riverwalk Center to display their work.”Any person who comes out would be amazed at the quality of art from Summit County artists,” said Jan McKim, president of the Summit County Arts Council (SCAC), which sponsors the event. “This is our chance to support them by coming in and meeting them and getting books signed and prints signed. It’s just a wonderful splash of what Summit County is all about.”More than 30 local and regional visual artists display works, including fine art, pottery, jewelry, mixed media and sculptures, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Meet a handful of the artistsBreckenridge resident Lana McCleary, voted Best in Show in 2001, presents her watercolor paintings of landscapes and flowers.Photographer Anyes Adams, of Breckenridge, captures classical portraits, artistic nudes, nature and events. She has worked in Paris for Christian Dior and won Best in Show in the Stamford (Conn.,) Art Association’s black and white show in 1998.Breckenridge resident Maria Donnelly creates covers for local and international brochures, has taught watercolors at a senior center in Boulder and works at Under Glass and Summit Gold.”I paint landscapes that you can walk through, flowers that you can smell and children that you can actually recognize,” Donnelly said.Breckenridge resident Sandy Hall designs handcrafted, beaded jewelry incorporating sterling silver and semi-precious gems. This year she’s highlighting a turquoise collection.Silverthorne resident Michael Jackman finds inspiration for his paintings from the scenery of Colorado and the coastline of his native Cornwall, England. He started oil painting at age 14 and now works primarily in water-soluble acrylic.As a first-time participant showing her work in Meet the Artists, Breckenridge resident Norma J. Lasher looks forward to showing her oil paintings and meeting new people.Silverthorne resident Dale Montagne displays his fine jewelry, cast glass and other surprises.”The range of size and the color and texture combination presented by different material is what sets my work aside from the ordinary,” Montagne said.Silverthorne resident Bonnie Norling Wakeman has lived and worked as an artist and illustrator in Summit County since 1985. In the past eight years, she has focused on mural and decorative painting in local homes and businesses. She won the People’s Choice award in 2001 at Meet the Artists and will be showing original monotypes, mural and decorative painting samples and her latest Breckenridge print, “Bearly Breckenridge.”While artists show their work, performing artists entertain participants with a variety of dance, music and stories.Meet the performers SaturdayArtist Michael Adams decided to grace the stage rather than show his art at the event this year. From 10:15-10:45 a.m. Saturday, he provides original, acoustic folk music as a background to viewing art.At 11 a.m., international speaker and Breckenridge resident Ted Dreier brings Moozie, an animated, nearly life-size cow, on stage.”He brings text and fun together, so his books can be sold for immediate, one-person pleasure, as well as for the Moozie Kindness Foundation,” (a non-profit organization, which includes special programs for children), said Jolanta Weber, owner of Weber’s Books.Steve Immer plays upbeat music on his jazz vibraphone at noon, followed by author Nancy Savage presenting “The True Story of Nickel, the Baby Buffalo Who Thought He Was a Dog.”The Rocky Mountain Belly Dancers draw in the audience at 1:45 p.m., blending various belly dance styles into a unified dance form.Guitarist John Adkins plays folk, light rock, country and gospel music with an Elvis influence from 3-4 p.m., followed by the lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop dances of Summit County School of Dance.For the first year, SCAC, in collaboration with the Backstage Theatre, presents “Lies and Legends: The musical stories of Harry Chapin” at 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.”Lies and Legends” meanders through stories of Chapin’s life and tells extraordinary tales of ordinary people, accompanied by piano, guitar, drums and flute.”They’re real songs talking about real life situations,” guitarist and drummer Jon Crowder said. Songs such as “Cats in the Cradle” touch on timeless themes including romance, lost love and parent-child relationships.Though all other performances at the Riverwalk Center are free, tickets for “Lies and Legends” are $20, and seating is limited to 130. For reservations, call (970) 453-0199.—Meet the performers SundayThe Mountain Top Children’s Museum begins Sunday morning presentations at 10:30 a.m. Children may participate in wacky weaving or perky printing or create a unique ceramic tile, which will be part of a larger ceramic tile mural in Summit County.At 11 a.m., yoga instructors demonstrate yoga for athletes.From noon to 12:45 p.m., show the world (or at least Breckenridge) your talent during open mic.Elvis is in the house from 1-1:45 p.m. with guitarist Chuck Goldschmid.”If you walked into the Riverwalk Center, you’d think that Elvis was there,” McKim said.Faithful Calling fills the tent with gospel and bluegrass music at 2:15 p.m., followed by the Summit School of Dance at 3:15 p.m. and the Rocky Mountain Belly Dancers at 4:15 p.m.—Meet the authorsWeber’s Books sponsors a special meet-the-authors segment at its booth during Meet the Artists.”It’s basically a book-signing,” Weber said. “The understanding from the beginning was to introduce as many Colorado and local artists as we can. These are artists who are writing. The idea is to actually introduce this different media with the other artists.”Dreier, author of “Moozie’s Cow Wisdom” and “Take Your Life Off Hold,” will sit at the booth from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Jane Morton, author of “Dyer, Dynamite, Dredges,” “Devotions for the Sandbox,” “Poems of the Ranch,” and “A Beef, a Branding and a Bull,” will join Dreier at 11 a.m.From 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Savage shares her experience with Nickel the Buffalo.From 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Alta and Brad Smith sign their book, “Guide to Colorado Wineries.”Certified personal coach Mary Lou Johns teaches people to enhance creativity and become more organized, balanced and productive Sunday. She will kick off the signings at 10 a.m., joined by Morton.Argie Ligeros Tang, owner of Yoga for Athletes, demonstrates yoga with Prisca Boris and Libby Maio from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.Watercolorist Becky Pearson discusses her historic town and mountain paintings from 1-2:30 p.m. Julie Danneberg, author of “Amidst the Gold Dust” and “Margaret’s Magnificent Colorado Adventure,” discusses her variety of books, ranging from local histories and biographies to children’s picture books at 2 p.m.Kent Gunnufson closes out the evening from 3-5 p.m. He is the author of “Tracking the Snow-Shoe Itinerant” and “Mountain Real Estate.”For more information on Meet the Artists or to volunteer, call (970) 453-0450.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.—When & Where- When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8- Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge


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