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Summit Stop: Explore the arts in Breckenridge

Caddie Nath
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The Breckenridge Arts District began in 2004 as a creative idea to diversify the appeal of the small historic ski town. Today, that idea is a thriving campus of renovated historic buildings, housing artists, workshops and performances located at the center of downtown and surrounded by unique art galleries and a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and learning about the arts.

At the heart of the arts district is the Tin Shop, a historic little house where guest artists live and work for up to one month. During their open studio hours visitors can stop in to watch them work and learn from their techniques. This month, mixed-media artist Ann Murphy, of Brooklyn, New York, has taken up residence at the Tin Shop. Murphy specializes in transforming her two-dimensional drawings into sculpture, usually on paper mache. She is known for her work portraying animals in multiple. During open studio hours Thursday through Sunday from 2-6 p.m. visitors can stop in to watch her work free of charge. Murphy will be at the Tin Shop through April 9.

The Backstage Theater is also part of the Breckenridge Arts District, where local actors bring performances to life. The theater is currently showing “Fully Committed,” a comedy starring artistic director Christopher Willard about a wannabe actor who pays the bills answering the reservation line for an in-demand Manhattan restaurant. Showings are scheduled Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May, with a performance tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Beyond the boundaries of the arts district are more than a dozen unique galleries along Breckenridge’s Main Street, open for browsing. The galleries each offer a distinctive collection of artwork and sculptures.

The Teal Art Gallery, located on the north end of Main Street, offers a selection of modern work with a self-proclaimed focus on diversity and intercultural understanding through art. For a more whimsical and lighthearted collection, stop into the Art on a Whim gallery. The upstairs Fox Ridge Fine Art Glass Gallery on south Main Street, is a thought-provoking space featuring a collection of contemporary glass art. A collection of work by local artists at reasonable prices is available at the Arts Alive Gallery, a co-operative gallery managed by the nonprofit Summit County Arts Council. Breckenridge is also home to a few photography galleries including the Altitude Fine Art Photography Gallery, specializing in local themes and action photography and the Photo Shop. These are only a few of the galleries located in and around the arts district in Breckenridge.

For those who want to try their own hand at artistic expression, the arts district also offers regular workshops and self-led open studio opportunities throughout the week. Regular open studios at the Quandary Antiques Cabin offer visitors a chance to experiment with clay and ceramics, while the “Anyone Can Paint” workshop features an artist-led class offering instruction in painting. For a full calendar of arts district events and workshops visit the Town of Breckenridge’s website at http://www.townofbreckenridge.com and click on the “Arts” tab.


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