Breck resident portrays ‘the magical quality of winter’ in Ullr Fest 2008 poster |

Breck resident portrays ‘the magical quality of winter’ in Ullr Fest 2008 poster

Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE ” In the run-up to Ullr Fest on Jan. 6-11, the Breckenridge Resort Chamber has chosen its winning submission for the 2008 Ullr Fest poster design.

Breckenridge resident Debra Irvine created the “Ride the Ullr Express” image that will be featured in marketing for the event by tying in Breckenridge’s rich train history with a snowy night scene of a historic train engine coming down Boreas Pass with Ullr in the steam.

Irvine has been living in Breck for three years; she started her full-time painting career two years ago. Her first painting was a night mountain portrayal of Breckenridge’s mountains. Irvine, who is an avid Ullr parade attendee, normally creates very realistic portrait quality paintings.

“Ullr reflects something I don’t normally do, but I wanted to convey the whole mystical quality of the event,” she said. “Photo realism wouldn’t work with that.”

The 2008 “Ride the Ullr Express” posters can be purchased for $5 at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main St. in Breckenridge.

“Ullr Fest embodies the magical quality of winter, and the whole celebratory aspect is a wonderful tradition,” Irvine said. “I’m honored to have been selected for the poster design as it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community.”

Now in its 45th year, Ullr Fest is a week-long event that pays homage to the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, with celebrations such as the Ullympics, the Ullr Nordic Party and Bonfire, the Ullr Dating Game and the unofficial world’s craziest parade.

For more information on Ullr Fest, visit or call the Breckenridge Welcome Center at (877) 864-0868.

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