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The art outlet

LESLIE BREFELD
summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE ” Teens need a space of their own and parents need to know their kids are safe ” often a tough family conflict to resolve. The Arts District of Breckenridge offers a solution with its Space 2 Studio, but judging by the low number of attendants recently, it hasn’t yet gained the attention of local youth.

Dubbed an alternative art studio for teens, the Space 2 Studio workshop meets the second and fourth Friday each month at the Robert Whyte House in Breck. Each session young artists can work on a different medium with a different local artist or continue a work in progress.

“We want to create an environment for teens to bring in their own music, have snacks and talk about art in a fun, creative environment,” Jenn Cram, administrator of the Arts District of Breckenridge said. “We want this to be their space.”

Previous workshops have included alternative photography, printmaking, tie-dye, silk painting, making sculptures from found objects and holiday themes.

The next session on Friday, May 12, will be on Polaroid image and emulsion transfers taught by Cram. Student are encouraged to bring in their own 35 mm slides to use, but plenty of old ones will be available to use at the studio.

“It’s a user-friendly process which doesn’t involve a lot of chemicals and there’s instant gratification,” Cram said.

Cram said the number of workshops scheduled by the Arts District of Breckenridge has doubled this year. They all currently take place in the Robert Whyte House, but soon also will be held at the nearby Fuqua Livery Stables. The town will begin restoration on the structure this summer to create a multi-purpose room and also a space to house an artist in residence.

The town purchased the land on the corner of Washington and Ridge streets in 2001 with a vision of creating an arts campus. In 2005, the Arts District received $129,000 from the State Historic Fund, matched by the town with $119,000. A master plan was adopted by the Breck Town Council in 2005.

More work this summer includes a collaboration with the Saddle Rock Society in restoring the Tin Shop behind the Barney Ford House Museum to also house a guest artist.

Cram said the guest artists will have studios open for the public, demonstrations and possibly will conduct workshops.

In creating the identity for the arts campus, the town is also bringing in nationally-renowned artists such as Sumi Von Dassow for a class on pitfiring in June and Michael Vigil instructing a workshop on printmaking in August.

“The goal is to have spaces for workshops, cultural events and resident artists,” Cram said of the long-term plan, which is estimated to be complete in 5 to 20 years.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

– When: Friday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m.

– What: An alternative art studio for teens. On May 12th learn to make Polariod Image and Emulsion transfers. Workshop is ongoing, every second and fourth Friday.

– Cost: First visit is free, $5 studio fee per participant thereafter. Space 2 Studio will provide all of the materials.

– Where: Robert Whyte House, 127 S. Ridge St.

For more information: Contact Jennifer Cram at (970) 547-3116 or townofbreckenridge.com for more information.


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