Getting to the art of the matter |

Getting to the art of the matter

Bob Frenchcounty commissionerBreckenridge

A recent arts column may raise some confusion among your readers about the difference between the Summit Arts Council and the Summit Arts Exhibit Committee.On behalf of the committee, on which I sit, let me offer a couple of comments.It’s the Summit Arts Exhibit Committee that has organized and hung the exhibits now on display in the North Branch Library at Silverthorne, the Silverthorne Pavilion, the Summit County Community and Senior Center and the County Commons.The committee was established in 1997 by the Board of County Commissioners, which appoints its only members. It celebrates the diversity of the creative artistic community in Summit County, and encourages appreciation of its works. To that end, it arranges exhibits in all media by people – young, old, amateur and professional – having a local identity or connection.There have been exhibits of books by local authors, efforts of Summit County kids from preschool to high school, works of local potters and collections of everything from period dolls to knitted pieces, as well as more traditional painting, photography and sculpture. One of the most popular shows has been the Summit County Employees’ Art Exhibit. All of which takes nothing away from the Summit Arts Council, a group of visual artists providing support to each other as well as arts education to Summit County youth. Both the council and the committee are alive and well and contributing significantly to the cultural health of our community.

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