Arts and culture update from Silverthorne, Breckenridge |

Arts and culture update from Silverthorne, Breckenridge

One of the goals of Silverthorne's Arts and Culture Advisory Board is to enhance the arts through its Cafe Concerts.
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What: Meet the Artists

When: June 25-26

Where: Riverwalk Center lawn

Cost: Free to attend

Summit County’s art scene is thriving and can be seen throughout the towns with events, exhibits and performances. Town officials are putting the arts as a priority for economic development and resident satisfaction of living. Here is the latest arts and culture news from around the county:


On May 25, Silverthorne Town Council appointed three members to serve on its newly formed Arts and Culture Advisory Board. Joanne Nadalin and Derrick Fowler were appointed as the two council members, and former Councilwoman Ann-Marie Sandquist was named as chairperson. The board of three to five members will help lead the town’s initiative to bring in more public art and highlight local cultures.

“What they are going to do is look out for this arts and culture plan, and they’re going to say, ‘OK, based on these recommendations, these are the types of things we should be doing,’” Silverthorne recreation and culture director Joanne Cook said. “Through conversations with the public, they are going to define specific projects and initiatives and then create ad-hoc work groups that then go out and do those specific goals.”

“This will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our town, its cultural assets and our vibrant creative community to several hundred creative professionals and colleagues from across the state.”Robb Woulfe president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts

The way the board is set up, she said, will help serve the mission of the Arts & Culture Strategic Plan better. While the board stays focused on the overall goal, work groups will bring in community members to focus on one specific project that they are passionate about.

“You are taking the specific talents of people in the community, and assigning them to these work groups,” she said.

Since the appointment, the board has identified five top projects for 2016-17:

1. Sunset at the Summit Concert Series

Created by Lake Dillon Theatre Company and formerly held at the Dillon Amphitheatre, the Sunset at the Summit Concert Series will continue this summer at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne. The free outdoor concerts are open to the public and will take place each Saturday evening throughout the month of July. The first concert will be Saturday, July 9 with Ron Ivory & One on One.

2. Art Wall

The town of Silverthorne is inviting artists of all ages and skill levels to contribute original works to transform a the fence surrounding Performing Arts Center construction. The Art Wall will serve to aesthetically improve the construction site, as well as signal the growing art culture in Silverthorne, Cook said.

“One of the things our art plan says is that our community wants participatory and welcoming opportunities, so that they can just come as novices and appreciate and experience something that’s artful,” Cook said. “We feel like it’s our role to offer opportunities for that.”

Artwork of any medium — painting, drawing, photography, photos of sculpture, textiles, performing arts, music, dance, etc. — should be submitted in the format of high-resolution .pdf electronic files to by June 27.

Chosen submissions will be organized with a graphic designer to run along the wall. The Art Wall will include a large panel with a photo backdrop, and some of the pieces will be interactive as well.

3. Cowboy poetry and storytelling event

Town officials are working on an idea to collaborate with LDTC to grow a cowboy poetry and storytelling and/or singer-songwriter event that can be held at the Pavilion, the Pavilion Lawn and the Performing Arts Center beginning in fall of 2017. Prior to the event, however, the Arts and Culture Board is working with an ad hoc work group to plan a smaller version of the event for November 2016. Although still in the planning stages, organizers are looking to include music, storytellers, singer-songwriters and educational workshops, such as story and song writing, harmonica lessons, oral histories of our ranching community and more, Cook said.

4. Enhanced arts through Café Concerts and Farmers Markets

The art plan challenges organizers to give those of diverse backgrounds a place to showcase their cultures. To do that, the town is reaching out to people from other countries or those with strong ties to their heritage to give performances at its once-a-month Café Concerts at the Pavilion and the summer farmers’ markets on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Center through Sept. 27. The activities are free; go to the town’s website at for Café Concert dates.

“(The events) showcase their culture, and their community,” said Blair McGary, Pavilion and marketing coordinator with the town. “We want to be that melting pot. I think of European cities that find almost any kind of culture you want, and that’s what I see Silverthorne being for Summit County and really this region.”

5. Performing Arts Center

The last goal for the art board for the coming year is the partnership with LDTC and what it means to the community, Cook said. With the town’s investment in the Performing Arts Center building, the goal of the board is to designate the lobby and classrooms as shared spaces for the public to utilize. Other ideas for the space include using it to display local artwork and performances.

Another initiative is planning a grand opening for the building, with planned activities every day for a week or longer to give all community members a reason to come to the building from the beginning.

“From day one, we want to make sure the youth are there, all of the groups,” Cook said. “We want people to know this is a place they are welcome whether or not they are a theatergoer.”


Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and The Boettcher Foundation announced on June 16 the certification of six new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. Out of 15 community applications, Breckenridge Arts District was named as one of the newly certified districts, along with Carbondale Creative District, Crested Butte Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District, and Mancos Creative District, joining 12 existing districts.

“These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement issued by the governor’s office. “These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

Applications were reviewed using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in. Certification is for a five-year period, and, with this designation, each district will receive a negotiated award package with an estimated value of $40,000 based on the targeted needs of each community. Award packages total $240,000 and include customized combinations of financial support, technical assistance, advertising and marketing support, access to grants, CDOT highway signs and leadership training, according to the statement issues by the governor’s office.

“Achieving the status of being a Colorado-Certified Creative District is a great honor for Breckenridge,” said Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts. “We thank the town of Breckenridge for its vision and support, and we congratulate all the artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses who helped to make this important designation happen for our community.”

In other arts news for Breckenride, CCI — the state’s arts agency that works to drive Colorado’s economy through creative industries — also announced last month that Breckenridge was selected to be the host city for the 2017 Creative Industries Summit from May 3-5, 2017.

“This will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our town, its cultural assets and our vibrant creative community to several hundred creative professionals and colleagues from across the state,” Woulfe said.


The Summit County Arts Council hosts two outdoor art fairs a year, and the first Meet the Artists in Breckenridge is this weekend, June 25-26, on the lawn of the Riverwalk Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 27 booths set up for the Colorado artists participating in the event. Three artists from the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge have booths — Yvonne Kuennen, Diane Nims and Emily Galvin — and a double tent will be set up with more than a dozen other artists from Arts Alive. Meet the Artist allows potential buyers to meet the person behind the work, and to ask questions of the artists.

“It has a long-standing tradition; we’ve been doing it for, I believe, two decades,” said Richard Seeley, who managed the jury team for Meet the Artists. “The artists, many of them have been here before, probably I’d say 60-70 percent are repeat artists that come in to sell their wares. … It’s a popular event.”

In choosing artists to participate in the event, he said the team looked for a wide variety of work that was high-quality and would be of interest to the general population. Artworks include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, fiber art, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal art, glass art, woodworking, pastels and fine furniture. There will be live music with Amy Matheusius and Jesse Porter playing at the Pocket Park (Blue River Plaza) on Sunday from noon until 3 p.m.

Meet the Artists is sponsored by and benefits the Summit County Arts Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts in Summit County. The Frisco event will be held Sept. 10-11.

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