Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center benefits from Arts Alive Gallery event |

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center benefits from Arts Alive Gallery event

Patrick Murphy, kneeling, and Jim Mallouk, ski instructors with the B.O.E.C.(Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center) help Randy Nantz prepare to get up on the mountain as part of Wounded Warriors Ski Week in Breckenridge April 2011.
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Patrons of the arts and food lovers everywhere are encouraged to attend an evening dedicated to cuisine, art and local charity. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 40 artists from the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge will host “Adventures in Food and Art” — a buffet dinner with an international spread, appetizers and wine pairings. All proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will be donated to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC).

“It allows us to give back to the community in a special way,” said Diane Jaynes, event coordinator and Arts Alive Gallery board member.

The gallery has done fundraisers for other local organizations, such as the National Repertory Orchestra. This is the first time it has worked with the BOEC.

“It allows us to give back to the community in a special way,” said Diane Jaynes, event coordinator and Arts Alive Gallery board member.

Food and art

The evening’s food will represent several international cuisines, including Mediterranean and Asian. All food will be provided by and prepared by the Arts Alive Gallery artists.

“One of the arts is cooking, so we’re providing (guests) with an international buffet of food and entrees,” Jaynes said.

In addition to the entrees, there will be appetizers circling the room, with opportunities for wine pairings, and a dessert table.

The event will be held at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge, giving attendees the chance not only to browse the artwork on display, but also to mingle and chat with the artists themselves. In addition to 100 percent of the ticket sales, the artists will be donating 15 percent of all artwork sales to the BOEC. With the Christmas season coming up, they hope that attendees will jump at the chance to buy gifts for the holiday season.

“There’s so much variety in the art,” said Marci Sloan, development director for the BOEC. “People can buy something for themselves but also it’s a neat way to do some early shopping.”

The event will also feature a raffle, with BOEC-inspired artwork created by local artists.

The gallery, managed by the Summit County Arts Council, is a local artists’ co-op. It is run on the volunteer hours of all artists involved.

“Our mission is to enhance the art in Summit County,” said Jaynes.

The gallery displays a variety of art forms, from paintings (oil, acrylic and watercolor) and photography to jewelry, sculpture and fiber art. The gallery also supports various programs, including artistic instruction for students at Snowy Peaks Alternative High School.


The BOEC has been a part of the Summit nonprofit scene for more than three decades. A 501(c)3 organization, its mission is to provide educational, instructive and enjoyable experiences to people with disabilities and special needs. Situated on 39 acres near Breck, the BOEC facility includes a lodge, climbing wall and ropes course.

One of the organization’s major programs is the Adaptive Ski and Ride School, where trained instructors assist people with disabilities and special needs in learning to ski and snowboard. As a host chapter of Disabled Sports USA, the BOEC has helped put on the Hartford Ski Spectacular at Beaver Run Resort in Breck — a winter sports festival for people with disabilities, pulling in more than 800 participants annually.

The BOEC also hosts wilderness programs in summer and winter, professional team-building retreats and an internship program.

“It’s a fabulous organization, and it serves the whole county as well as that special population,” Jaynes said of the BOEC. “It reaches far and wide.”

The money raised from the Adventures in Food and Art event will go toward supporting BOEC programming, said Sloan.

“The BOEC is honored to be chosen by Arts Alive Gallery to host an adventure-filled fundraiser for the senses to benefit our adaptive programs,” Sloan replied in an email. “Funds raised will enable those with special needs and disabilities to experience outdoor adventures like skiing, rock climbing, rafting, cycling, etc. … We greatly appreciate the support from Arts Alive and hope to see a great turnout.”

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