Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! weaves a tale of fiber artworks |

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! weaves a tale of fiber artworks

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Basket-weaver Tina Puckett.
Special to the Daily |

People in the touring art show festival business use the expression “Be-Backs.”

The term is used to address potential buyers who say, “We’ll be back.”

Fiber artist Tina Puckett of Connecticut has turned the tables — she’s back in Breckenridge.

A modern-day basket-weaver, Tina is a guest artist at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, following two Mountain Arts Festival appearances last summer. She’ll be working here through Aug. 10.

The Tin Shop, at 117 E. Washington Ave., is a highlight of the burgeoning Breckenridge Arts District headed by Robb Wolfe, Jenn Cram and Heather Pease.

The result of a partnership of the Saddle Rock Society and the Arts District of Breckenridge, the Tin Shop provides a low-tech studio on the main level and a fully furnished studio apartment upstairs.

Like visiting artists before her, Tina has transformed the Tin Shop into “her” studio.

“This is a very intriguing and enjoyable space,” says Tina.

The bittersweet vine that grows where she lives in the Northeast influences Tina’s works.

“The character of each piece of vine literally dictates what form each basket, bowl, wall sculpture or piece of furniture will take,” she explains.

The studio has bundles of shaped bittersweet vines in a variety of forms; also coils of assorted colorful dyed reed of different sizes and widths.

Art lovers can see Tina apply her imagination and sense of color to the structural form and detail her weavings Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

Tina’s website is


In other artsy news, while working the 13th annual Mountain Arts Festival in the Kingdom of Breckenridge, Spike! and Mary enjoyed more social interaction with locals and visitors:

We spotted James and Amy Carlson-Phelps visiting artist friend Yorum Gal, who had just arrived from Israel the night before as the conflict there kept out-bound planes from flying until Saturday, just making the last day of the show.

Others included Breckenridge Police Department officers Leslee Bechtel and Rush Stehlin; Red, White and Blue Fire District staffers Debbie Kitts and Scott Livengood; Peggy Rinehart, Darcy and Jack Lohmann, Harriet and Jerry Thuesen, Dave Patterson, Maureen Nichols, Kay and Bill Henkhaus, Yvonne Kuennen, Mary and Harold Wilson, Gala and Sam Eppstein, New Yorker/Breckenridger Jeremy Smith, Mary and John Kidd, Jamey and Ian Andrews, Deb Hage, Dale and Bridget Menke, Trish Nicholson, Deby and Jim Curcio, Cindi and Scott Gelman, Pam and Randall Seegers, Dr. Mike and Teresa Gibson, Larry Patterson, Diana and Bob Lienemann, Gary Soles of The Photo Shop; Trygve Berge, Rick and Pat Bly, Mollie McCarthy with artist friends Barbara and Daniel Marcus-McKenna; Linda Simon, Brenda Herman, Diane and Doby Dobrovolny, Sandy Greenhut, Marcia and Joe Newhart, Trina Taylor, Karen and Kara Lampe, Goods owner Carrie Balma, Drew Beling, Adam Kelly, Stacy and Dina Sanchez of Petal and Bean; Sandy Sheffield and Danny Pins visiting with longtime friends Wisconsin watercolorist Sara Strozinsky and Michael; Art on a Whim Gallery owners Dena Raitman and son Brian with artist Houston Llew; Barnwood Tray artists Dan and Joni Vollmer of Omaha; Lakewood’s Vino Passarelli owners Frank Passarelli and brother Mark and wife Pam; and Copperites Kurt and Sandi Hotto in their new white Tesla.


Dr. Bill Spady reports an interesting encounter on the recpath the other day:

“I was doing my daily Dillon-to-Frisco bike ride when I overtook a rider in Frisco on the recpath, just as he was about to merge onto the Dam Road. His name is Mark Rizzo, and he’s from Glendale, Calif. He’s on a Ride Across America, which began in Virginia and will end in Astoria, Oregon, sometime around Sept. 1.

“I rode with him from Frisco, guided him through the “yellow posts of death” by the dam, and sent him on his way through Silverthorne and up Highway 9. I, too, will be in Astoria, but about 10 days before he’ll get there. I told him I’d be taking a plane, rather than cycling, but I’d catch a big salmon for him at the mouth of the Columbia River in his absence.

“By the way, other than the roads of Arkansas, Mark said the scariest part of the trip so far was negotiating Hoosier Pass, which he did on Sunday. I guess he got caught in Fairplay’s Burro Days traffic.”

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. He and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to

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