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Extreme art: Music, dance and painting hit Copper

COPPER MOUNTAIN – At Copper Mountain, art is an adventure. Whether it’s walking on stilts, belly dancing, doing the tango in the air or tossing pizza dough – it all counts as art, and it all counts as an adventure.

“We’re a bit quirky out here,” said C.J. Julin, executive director of marketing at Copper Mountain, in an interview last summer. “We’re not afraid to try something new. Copper’s about adventure, so if you want to have an adventure in music (and arts), we’ve got them. The arts in the Rocky Mountains can be seen in a lot of different facets – art, dance, music, climbing, culinary. (We figured) “let’s celebrate all the arts.'”

The third annual Celebration of the Arts transforms art shows from a spectator event to a multisensory, participatory experience.

Center stage entertainment

The tango is a dramatic dance, but placing it in the air ups the ante. The AIRes tango aerial dance takes the main stage at the Burning Stones Plaza at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (and again at about 1 p.m.), followed by the rhythms of the New York Street Boys at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, COmotion Dancers from the Summit School of Dance break out some moves at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, a Russian dance troupe fills the stage with acrobatic, spirited dancing at 12:15 p.m.

Kzumba’s 12-piece Afro-Caribbean band shakes up the crowd at 2 p.m. Saturday. The band has toured Asia and Europe and has opened for Gilberto Santarosa and Grupo Niche.

Buckner Funken Jazz takes the stage at 2 p.m.

The headliners of the weekend are Mollie O’Brien at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Darrell Scott at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (see related stories, page B5).

Fine art show and demos

About eight top-end artists display works ranging from clay to woodblock prints, fiber rugs to oils, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the lower level of the conference center.

Texan Daryl Howard, who hand-picked the artists for the fine art show, works in woodblock printing and mixed media collage, incorporating handmade papers, gemstones, metallic leaf and Earth pigments. Inspired by Native American philosophy and international travel, each piece builds and layers into the next.

BJ Briner gathers inspiration for her oil-pencil pieces from the canyons, ancient villages and local festivals of the American West. Her representational, expressionistic style captures the West in full color. She blends oil pencils with turpentine, layering colors upon one another until landscapes swell with richness.

Other fine artists featured include: Melanie Fain (etching with watercolor), Connie Enzman (fiber rugs), Julia O’Reilly (painting, gouche, acrylic), Michael Ome Untiedt (oil painting), Roy Brown (clay) and Bill Wismar (jewelry).

Artists also will demonstrate wooden mask carving, jewelry and leather work and beaded bag and amulet design.

Art in Action

at the Climbing Wall Plaza

The Mountain Gypsy Tribe shakes their coin-laden hips at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Their improvisational style of belly dance finds its roots in the folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa and Spanish flamenco.

Participants can clown around with makeup at a clown makeup workshop at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

Then, the plaza gets hot, hot, hot with salsa dance lessons at noon, followed by a gypsy dancer and a violinist at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s plaza events wind down with a balloon creations workshop at 3 p.m. and 13-year-old singer Heather Buch at 4 p.m.

Sunday’s entertainment begins with an acoustic musician at 10:30 a.m., followed by jugglers and the New York Street Boys.

At 1:30 p.m., the tropics breeze by with a hula dance and lessons, followed by merengue and country dance lessons at 2 p.m.

Culinary Art

Pizza may not be the first cuisine that comes to mind when you think about the culinary arts, but at Copper Mountain, pizza-dough tossing is at the top of the list. At noon Saturday and Sunday, the Blue Moose at Copper Mountain demonstrates the skill of making pies.

Then chocolate lovers unite at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s fudge making seminar.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, David Taladay and Michael Villarreal demonstrate how to prepare Chicken roulade (chicken breast stuffed and rolled with prosciutto, pesto, provolone and spinach). Sunday, Justin Peterson demonstrates how to prepare a variety of sushi, California rolls and wasabi leaves. 

Finally, for the kids

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can play at interactive art booths, featuring spin art, clay sculpting, face painting, caricature drawing and an art mural. Throughout the weekend, stilt walkers, balloon artists and jugglers perform in the village. At 10:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, a special kids’ performance revolving around a circus theme hits the Main Stage at the Burning Stones Plaza.

All events at the Celebration of the Arts are free.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@


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