Summer arts preview: Meet the Tin Shop artists, get the schedule of art fairs |

Summer arts preview: Meet the Tin Shop artists, get the schedule of art fairs

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE ” Following are a look at some of the artists who will be sharing our fair summer at the Tin Shop in downtown Breckenridge, including Sandro Del Rosario, who has been working on his animation projects here since early May.

This weekend, beginning today, Del Rosario is conducting a workshop which will result in an animated film focusing on the city and landscapes of Breckenridge.

The artist returns to the Tin Shop for his second turn; Del Rosario was the first artist-in-residence there in 2006, when he conducted a similar workshop with children.

Del Rosario is exploring the concept of home in his current work, “Lo Sguardo Italiano.” Del Rosario himself has seen the journey of an immigrant ” moving from Pescara, Italy to the United States.

He was first exposed to the States through a Fulbright Scholarship. He studied at the California Institute of Arts, where he discovered experimental animation in their film and video school.

Del Rosario explained that it was a department which broke off from other animation classes that had begun as industry training for Disney.

Del Rosario went back to Italy after his scholarship, and after several years was able to return to the United States with a green card.

He said the message in his latest piece “talks about the things I love and things I don’t like about my country.”

“It is never a happy journey … for all the immigrants,” Del Rosario said.

He has created three short films, “Train,” “L.City,” and his latest “Lo Sguardo Italiano,” which he is still working on with the help of the New York Foundation for the Arts as a fiscal sponsor.

Del Rosario said he struggles with exposure in his field of animation arts. At this point he does not stream his videos on his website, noting that they were made to be watched on the big screen.

His artistic demands seem reasonable ” after all, the work is highly labor intensive. He creates 24 frames for one second of film. His films are each about one minute in length.

Del Rosario said, “The magic and fun part is to recreate things moving.”

Check out his work at the Tin shop through May 30 or at his website at

Artist Syma, who will be in Breckenridge from the beginning of June through July 9, is a potter and also works in architectural designs.

Her pottery includes a series of vessels, dubbed “Bottomless Vessels To Hold Change.” She writes in her artist statement, ” … I was drawn to the belief of the ancient Egyptians that creating images of guides and guardians might be one way to manifest some needed assistance.”

She is continuing to create more vessels, some with a smoke-firing technique that was inspired by the Japanese firing process of raku.

Syma said in an interview by phone this week that she learned about the process from a workshop and was hooked.

However, living in New York City, she has not had the space.

“I’m looking forward to that and having a larger studio space,” she said.

Syma works some of her time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she is an artist lecturer, along with leading tours and workshops through their education department.

She said for about 10 years she worked primarily with architects on interior art details.

She is also currently working on a public space mural in Massachusetts.

While working in Breckenridge, Syma is hoping to hook up with the annual July pitfiring event for her raku-type firing work.

See more of Syma’s work at

Daniel Petrov, the Tin Shop guest artist in July, is a former resident of New York City who recently decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for the sunshine of Florida.

“I was in New York about 12 years … It was more aggressive there, simply just more urban, more hectic. Since I moved to Florida, I mellowed out a lot.

His art has also reflected the change.

“Living in Florida you have to take into account the natural scenery ” the light is sunny most of the time and the it’s warm and pleasant.

“The colors I’m using here in Florida are a lot more on the bright and happy side than colors I used in New York,” Petrov said.

Petrov is a painter who specializes in the human figure.

His recent work includes a series of 20 pieces portraying dancers in the Sarasota, Fla. ballet. He also has a series he calls “portraits in urban psychology,” which he did while in New York.

Petrov’s move came as he shifted his artwork into the forefront.

While in New York, the artist worked for 10 years as a freelance network cameraman.

Petrov will be in Breckenridge in July.

“I am going to try to combine both the figure, which is my specialty, and also the mountainous natural backdrop,” he said of a series of paintings he will be working on in the High Country.

He will also be conducting a painting workshop teaching participants to discover “which kind of mark-making comes naturally.”

“It’s a somewhat expressive approach to the figure, but also to nature. It’s highly personal as far as the types of strokes that I use,” Petrov said.

Mountain Art Festivals, produced by Mark Beling, has announced its 2008 summer season of art festivals in Breckenridge and Dillon. All festivals will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The Dillon Art Festival, July18-20, is presented in cooperation with the Town of Dillon. Featuring more than 100 juried artists, the Dillon Art Festival takes place in downtown Dillon.

The 25th Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival is July 4-6 at Main Street Station in Breck. This art festival will feature more than 80 juried artists from around the country.

The 7th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival is July 25-27.

The 33rd Annual Gathering at the Great Divide, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Both with feature more than 100 juried artists and will take place at North Main Street and Wellington in Breckenridge.

For the past 16 years, Mountain Art Festivals with directors Mark Beling and Judith Pollock have produced outdoor Colorado art shows which are consistently ranked among the top art shows in the country.

Mountain Art Festivals has shared their success by developing a unique community philanthropic program for Summit County area nonprofits through art festival participating artists and art festival proceeds. Over the past six years Mountain Art Festivals has donated more than $130,000 in cash and more than $150,000 in in-kind donations to area nonprofits.

The 2008 Mountain Art Festivals will provide a venue for talented artisans to sell their handmade products to thousands of art enthusiasts every summer, while offering patrons the unique opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, learn the sources of their inspirations, ask questions about techniques, commission a specific piece, and purchase existing fine works of art.

For more information on Mountain Art Festivals, visit or call (970) 547-9326.

A classic art show featuring 15 artists as well as a local high school booth, the Mountain Art Gathering returns for its 10th year in Keystone, July 25-27 to benefit The Summit Foundation.

The Pavilion at Keystone hosts the three-day art show and a Friday night gala dinner with a live art auction.

Assembled from around the country, “The Gatherers” include B.J. Briner, Doyle Goebel and Curtis Nazworth, Daryl Howard, Phil Poirier and Doug Ricketts. Their guests this year include Jo Alcalde and Leslie Ravey, Yoshi Aoki, Roy Brown, Jared and Nicole Davis, Robert Deurloo, Lona Hymes-Smith, Tiffany Ownbey, Maria Samora, Hank Waddell and Mi Young Lee. New this year is the presence of a Summit High School artist booth. The students selected include: Lauren Frykholm, photography; Kevin Kane, photography; Gill Montgomery, photography; Kelsey Phalin, ceramic; and Mandy Turner, photography and jewelry.

The young artists will be mentored by the Gatherers on all aspects of the event. The participating artists represent several mediums and first gathered in October of 1997 in Texas to benefit the Dripping Springs Community Library Building Fund. Each artist presents works for sale to the public of which 20 percent will go to The Summit Foundation. The gala dinner on Friday evening, dubbed “An Artful Feast,” will feature a live auction of pieces donated by each artist of which 100 percent will benefit The Summit Foundation.

The three-day art show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. There will be complimentary art activities for the children and live music for all.

– Meet the Artists, Breckenridge, June 28-29

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Riverwalk Center lawn and Blue River Plaza. The Summit County Arts Council presents artist displays, demonstrations, music and dancing. (970) 453-0450.

– Frisco’s Arts and Crafts Festival on 3rd Avenue, July 4-6

– Arts District Celebration, Breckenridge, July 6

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., corner of Washington Ave. and S. Ridge St., Breckenridge

5th annual celebration of the arts with a sidewalk chalk art competition, dancing and artist demonstrations in the Arts District of Breckenridge. (970) 547-3116.

– 4th Annual Blues Festival and Art Show, Keystone, July 12-13

Savvy blues stretches its acoustic roots through the Rocky Mountains. A lavish art show, tasty dishes, ice cold brews and an array of wines trim the plaza while veteran guitarists with a knack for mixing funky rhythms, sultry measures, and wicked chord patterns front our stellar event. Extreme fun and inflatable bounce houses guzzle your kids in Energy Alley. This lavish art show will include 30 artists of different types.

– Art on Main Street of the Rockies, Main Street Frisco, Aug. 9-10

Fine art show attracts the region’s best artists who display their quality art. The Town closes off Main Street for this show. Work on display and for purchase includes glass, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and more. The artists will be present at their booths all weekend, giving you the chance to meet with them, learn about the pieces of artwork in their display as well as commission a specific piece of artwork for your home.

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