Summit Arts Council plans busy July at Arts Alive Gallery |

Summit Arts Council plans busy July at Arts Alive Gallery

Janis Buchman, Emily Wahl and Donna Miller painted their way across New Mexico and the trio’s work is this month’s featured exhibit at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge. A reception for the artist will be 4-7 p.m. July 13 at the gallery.
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Upcoming Arts Alive events

The Arts Alive Gallery is a co-op managed by the Summit County Arts Council and features the work of an eclectic mix of local artists, from watercolor, oil and acrylic painting to ceramics, photography, fiber arts and jewelry. They have a number of events planned at the gallery in the coming weeks, including:

• 4-7 p.m. Thursday — National Repertory Orchestra meet ‘n’ greet. The arts council is working with the NRO and Hope Foundation to offer people a chance to meet guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya , who will conduct Shostakovich’s Fifth in a Friday performance.

• 4-8 p.m. Saturday — Art and Peace in the Mountains. This event is a fundraiser for the local nonprofit group Domus Pacis, which offers people facing the death of a loved one rest and respite in a peaceful mountain setting. Tickets will be sold at the door. Gallery artists do not need to buy them.

• 4-7 p.m. July 13 — Reception for New Mexico Passages exhibition. This free exhibition features the works of three of artists — Janis Buchman, Donna Miller and Emily Wahl, all done on a trip to connect with the beauty of New Mexico.

A nonprofit gallery in Breckenridge run by local artists has stacked its July lineup, starting with today’s meet and greet with a guest conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra, continuing with Saturday’s fundraiser for Domus Pacis and finishing up with a free reception July 13, featuring the work of three local women.

Since 2004, the Summit County Arts Council has been seeking to enhance appreciation of arts in the community. In addition to offering local art programs, the council also provides an environment for supporting local artists and their creative growth through the Arts Alive Gallery.

For the meet and greet from 4-7 p.m. today, NRO guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya will be available at the gallery, and there will also be information provided about the Building Hope initiative, which is designed to create a more coordinated, effective and responsive mental health system.

For more information about the event, contact the NRO at 970-453-5825 or go to

Each year, the arts council also picks a local organization to support through a fundraiser at the gallery. For Saturday’s event from 4-8 p.m. in support of Domus Pacis, tickets will be sold for $25 each for an evening of art, food and wine.

During the event, people also will have the opportunity to buy work created by arts council members, and the art that’s going to be for sale dovetails nicely with Domus Pacis’ mission, as much of it depicts the natural beauty of Colorado’s mountains and Domus Pacis regularly offers families facing the death of a loved one the opportunity to come together in those same mountains at no cost to them.

For more about the fundraiser, to make reservations or to donate, call or email Domus Pacis at 773-307-0728 or

Then, as the gallery does most every month, it selects an artist or group of artists for its featured exhibit. This month’s selection includes the work of three women — Janis Buchman, Donna Miller and Emily Wahl — who recently painted their way across a trip to New Mexico, focusing many of their pieces on landscapes, including the Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, home of Georgia O’Keefe.

The trio calls their exhibit, “The Land of Enchantment,” and they also painted a famous chapel at Rancho de Chimayo, spent time in nearby small towns and ate great Mexican food as they produced about a couple dozen pieces for the Arts Alive featured exhibit in July.

Interestingly, while the trio took the trip together, it turns out they are each very different painters, with Miller working in oil, Buchman preferring acrylic and Wahl doing watercolor.

“It’s nice to see how three different mediums were used to express the same area,” Wahl said. “Pretty much, we were painting near each other, not always side-by-side, but near each other, and I think that it makes this show very attractive.”

The pieces range in price from about $200 to $700. The free reception will be 4-7 p.m., July 13, at the gallery.

The Arts Alive Gallery is a cooperative gallery managed by the Summit County Arts Council and operated by the artists who display their work there. It is at 500 S. Main St., in the La Cima Mall, in Breckenridge. For more about the Arts Alive Gallery, call 970-453-0450 or go to

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