BreckCreate: Renowned sculptor Albert Paley brings ‘Syncline’ to town |

BreckCreate: Renowned sculptor Albert Paley brings ‘Syncline’ to town

‘Syncline,' by Albert Paley. Paley, one of the foremost metalsmiths in contemporary art, will share his vision for 'Syncline,' a new commission for the Breckenridge Public Art Collection. In addition to discussing the commission, Paley will also reflect upon the art of placemaking and how his work has impacted communities throughout the world.
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Breckenridge Arts District preview

Schedule for Friday, Sept. 26

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Fire it Up! Pitfiring with Sumi Von Dassow, Kiln Yard, $5 per piece

Noon to 3 p.m. — How Much Wood Does a Woodcut Cut? Woodcut Printmaking, instructed by Theresa Haberkorn, Randall Barn, $50

Noon to 3 p.m. — Clay Tile Project, led by local ceramic artists, Ceramic Studio, free

Noon to 4 p.m. — Exhibit: Woven Illumination: Installation by Elise Brewster, Tin Shop, free

Noon to 9 p.m. — Exhibit: Works on Paper by Ben Pond and Photography by Liam Doran, Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, free

1-4 p.m. — Silversmithing: Sterling Silver Earrings, instructed by Kim Harrell, Hot Shop, $65

1-4 p.m. — What’s Your Perspective? Instructed by Ben Pond, Fuqua Livery Stable, $25

4-5:30 p.m. — Albert Paley: The Art of Placemaking, Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, free

4-5:30 p.m. — Pinch it: Pinch Pots for Kids, instructed by local ceramic artists, Quandary Antiques Cabin, $5

4-6 p.m. — Demonstration: Hip Hop Ceramics with Malcolm Mabutu Smith, Ceramic Studio, free

4-8 p.m. — Where’s Numo? Numo Felt Journal Cover, instructed by Marlene Gruetter, Randall Barn, $50

5-7 p.m. — Demonstration: Encaustic Painting Techniques, with Victoria Eubanks, Hot Shop, free

6-8 p.m. — Demonstration: Action Photography, presentation by Liam Doran, Fuqua Livery Stable, free

7-9 p.m. — Demonstration: It’s all about the Finish: Decorating Ceramic Work, with Michelle Woods Pennisi, Ceramic Studio, free

Workshop prices include all materials, unless otherwise noted. Space for classes and workshops is limited and is first come, first served. For more information and schedules for Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28 events, visit

Breckenridge Creative Arts will host a free lecture and presentation by celebrated American sculptor Albert Paley on Friday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theater, located at 121 S. Ridge St. in downtown Breckenridge.

Paley, one of the foremost metalsmiths in contemporary art, will share his vision for “Syncline,” a new commission for the Breckenridge Public Art Collection. In addition to discussing the commission, Paley will also reflect upon the art of placemaking and how his work has impacted communities throughout the world.

This special lecture is presented in conjunction with a weekend of activities taking place through Sunday, Sept. 28, that celebrate the opening of the new Breckenridge Arts District campus.

The four-day event includes studio tours, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, installations, musical performances, culinary samplings from area restaurants and refreshments from the local craft beverage community.

“We are very excited to welcome Albert Paley to Breckenridge,” said Jennifer Cram, manager of the Breckenridge Arts District and Public Art Program. “His large-scale abstract work continues to be at the forefront of contemporary sculpture, and we are honored that Breckenridge will be the first community in Colorado to feature one of his permanent installations.”

Paley, an active artist for more than 50 years at his studio in Rochester, New York, is the first metal sculptor to receive the coveted Institute Honors awarded by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest award to a nonarchitect.

Paley holds an endowed chair at the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Commissioned by both public institutions and private corporations, Paley has completed more than 50 site-specific works. Some notable examples are the “Portal Gates” for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; “Synergy,” a ceremonial archway in Philadelphia; the “Portal Gates” for the New York State Senate Chambers in Albany; and “Sentinel,” a monumental plaza sculpture for Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a 65-foot sculpture for the entry court of Bausch and Lomb’s headquarters in Rochester.

Recently completed works include three sculptures for the National Harbor development near Washington, D.C.; a 130-foot-long archway titled “Animals Always” for the St. Louis Zoo; a gate for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio; a sculptural relief for Wellington Place, Toronto, Canada; “Threshold,” a sculpture for the corporate headquarters of Klein Steel in Rochester; and “Transformation,” a ceremonial entranceway for Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Pieces by Albert Paley can be found in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Earlier this year, the town of Breckenridge made the decision to commission Paley’s sculpture after considering it as a piece of public art for the new roundabout at the north entrance to town. Given the scale and detail of Paley’s work, officials felt the roundabout was not an ideal site for the piece and that it would be better experienced and appreciated if located in a more centralized area of town. The Breckenridge Public Art Commission recommended the piece be placed within the town’s burgeoning Arts District, concluding that, ultimately, the roundabout was a challenging location for any sculptural installations or public art projects.

With Paley’s “Syncline” now planned for installation downtown near the Riverwalk Center and Blue River Plaza, the town of Breckenridge is focusing its efforts on landscape design within the new roundabout.

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