Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge moving to new location next to Park and Main restaurant
If you go
What: Adventures in Food and Art, a fundraiser for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and the final event to be held at Arts Alive’s current location
Where: Arts Alive Gallery, 500 S. Main St, Breckenridge
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21
At the end of the week, the artists at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge will pack up their paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry and display cases and move to their new, larger location.
The gallery is a cooperative effort of local artists and is managed by the Summit County Arts Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing art and culture in Summit County. The artists run the gallery, volunteering time each month to open the doors and chat with art enthusiasts who drop by.
Now, those doors are changing. The gallery is moving out of its current space in La Cima Mall to make way for a new restaurant. Fortunately, it’s not going far; in fact, it’s not even leaving the mall. This will be the gallery’s third move within the mall since it opened in 2004. The new location will be next to the Park & Main restaurant on the third level.
The gallery’s new space is larger than the one it’s leaving, giving it not only more wall space, but the potential to offer in-gallery classes and possibly display work from more artists.
“It’s more open, it moves better, it’s brighter because we have windows in the back and the front,” said artist and gallery member Diane Johnston. “We’re excited about it. It’s definitely going to be a great space.”
Many of the gallery artists are already involved with art lessons, whether it’s with private clients or as volunteers at the Snowy Peaks High School, helping the students gain the art credits required for graduation. In addition to the gallery space, the new location has a room that could work as a classroom.
“We’re all excited about the new challenge, and we also have a little more space so we can do a few more programs with the children,” said Tom Kramer, Summit County Arts Council president.
It’s also possible that the larger space will allow more local artists to display and sell their work. In order to become a gallery member, artists must submit a form and a sample of their work to the arts council. At a meeting on the first of each month, council members look through submissions and make their decision. All artists are required to volunteer at least one day a month in the running of the gallery and are encouraged to participate in the various fundraisers and benefits put on by the gallery and the council.
Volunteer work is a key component of gallery operations, which has been evident in preparations for the upcoming move. Artists and their spouses volunteered time to prepare the new space, including cleaning and painting the walls, which previously featured bright stripes of color that would be too distracting for displaying artwork. Jim Hanson, husband of artist Joanne Hanson, was particularly helpful with cleaning and preparing the walls for painting, Johnston said.
“It was all volunteers,” said Diane Jaynes, board member and artist, of the work put into the new location. She added that she is excited to experiment with the new space. “I think change is exciting. It’s a different kind of energy (that) is going to go into that gallery.”
Before the move can be made, however, the gallery will host its Adventures in Food and Art fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 21, to benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. As soon as the event is finished, artists and other volunteers will begin transporting the art and display cases into the new space.
The gallery will remain open during the move. Guests are welcome, Johnston said, though they can expect to see artists and volunteers running back and forth between the two locations.
“We’ll be there,” she said. “Come check it out.”
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