Author, artist visit Yellow Arrow Coffee in Breckenridge |

Author, artist visit Yellow Arrow Coffee in Breckenridge

Krista Driscoll
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: Book talk and signing with Maryann Gaug, author of “Best Hikes near Breckenridge and Vail” and “Best Easy Day Hikes Vail”

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2

What: Artist reception for Andrew Dentate

When: 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 3

Where: 103 S. Harris St. in the lower level of the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center

Cost: Free

More information: Light refreshments provided at both events. Visit

Yellow Arrow Coffee, located in the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center on Harris Street, will host a book chat with local hiking guide author Maryann Gaug on Thursday, April 2, and an artist reception for local painter Andrew Dentate on Friday, April 3.

“I really want the shop to be a community space, where people feel like we’re supporting arts and culture, so it’s important to me to have these events,” said Gwen Edwards, who opened the coffee shop in January. “I really want to support local authors and artists and whoever I can.”

Hiking and writing

Gaug is the author of five Falcon hiking guides, most of which explore trails along the Interstate 70 corridor from Summit County to Glenwood Springs, including “Best Easy Day Hikes Vail,” “Hiking Colorado’s Summit County Area” (out of print), “Hiking Colorado,” “Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder” and her most recent publication, released last July, “Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail.”

The author will give a short presentation about her books, followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing, with books available for sale. Gaug said she’ll likely focus on her newest release, as well as “Best Easy Day Hikes Vail,” which includes eight hikes in Summit County.

“Sometimes, it’s fun to be sort of a ham, and I like selling my books and signing my books,” she said. “I think ‘Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail’ is a really good hiking book and hiking guide, and I want people to buy it and use it and enjoy time in the outdoors. The reason I write hiking guides is to share the outdoors and what I’ve learned about the outdoors.”

Though she has enjoyed spending the past six or so years hiking and exploring around Colorado and hunting down interesting facts and stories to go along with each hike in her books, Gaug said she’s retiring from writing hiking guides.

“I’m 65 years old and I want to go hiking in other places around the country instead of the same general hikes over and over again in Colorado,” she said. “Writing hiking guides is a lot of work. … It’s time to think of something else to write about, if I’m going to keep writing.”

Interactive artwork

Dentate’s artwork is already hanging on Yellow Arrow’s walls, but the reception on Friday, April 3, will allow the artist to share a bit more of his work and connect with the community. Dentate said his media is constantly evolving, from acrylic to oil to watercolor.

“I kind of decided halfway through the show that acrylic paint was more of a utilitarian paint, and oil and watercolor have their own character and their own body,” he said. “As you use them, they kind of tell you what to do, as you use the paint. I like to let the paint talk, to some degree, a well as try to kind of control it to another degree. Everything I create has a little bit of both elements.”

The show is based on seven major pieces, including a “large and in charge” 4-by-4-foot painting of a grizzly bear. Dentate began creating the collection with the intention of focusing on the idea of tools but ended up changing his mind and painting a lot of animals instead.

“Then I have another set of sketches that I call ‘Distractions,’ and those are just kind of on the side. Like, I’m going to get distracted right now and look at these,” Dentate said. “Most of them were done with pen.”

The eclectic collection of themes and mediums is rounded out with an interactive piece made of tiles. Those attending the reception can color an individual tile and return it to Dentate, who will combine them in a single piece that will hang at Yellow Arrow once completed.

“What I’m looking forward to is people getting psyched about artwork and doing artwork and taking their own opportunity to take these tiles and color them in,” he said. “They’ll all come together into this larger image. There’s 36 of them, so get your tile before they run out. They turn into this giant image that everyone can be a part of.”

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