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Morning photo: Treescapes

Winter wonderland


Scruffy middle-aged lodgepole pines help frame this early morning shot of the Gore Range.

FRISCO — Even scruffy little lodgepole pines take on a whole new aura with a blanket of new snow, and Colorado’s tall spruce and firs can look downright majestic in the early morning glow of a post-storm sunset. For this set, I looked through the archives for the past couple of weeks, choosing images that emphasize the transcendent impact of freshly fallen snow on high country forests. For more Summit County and Colorado landscapes, visit our online Fine Art America gallery. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Autumn odds and ends

An seasonal set

A crazy alpenglow sunset in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Even though temps are cooling down, there are still plenty of warm tones left in the palette, from the intense alpenglow of autumn sunsets, to afternoon sunlight reflected on the backyard pond and in the final blush of pigments in old leaves close to decay. As a nature photographer, I always greet this in-between season with trepidation, but then I’m always surprised by how much I can find if keep my eyes open and envision the world through a viewfinder. Continue reading

Colorado: Ready, set … paint!

Forest Service promotes the arts and the national Christmas tree with Aug. 18 event in Aspen

Colorado landscape painters have the chance to compete for cash prizes this weekend in Aspen.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For Colorado landscape painters, there’s not much that’s more pleasant than a day spent in fresh air, rendering a stunning Rocky Mountain scene.

Add to that the potential to win a cash prize and to help publicize that this year’s national Christmas tree will come from Colorado, and you have the makings of a great event, with the White River National Forest sponsoring a day-long paint-out session at five scenic spots in the Aspen area.

The Aug. 18 art festival features a total of $4,000 in cash prizes and a chance to win a spot at the prestigious Denver Plein Air Arts Festival. Continue reading

Breckenridge: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to play free July 4th show

Roots at the Riverwalk Center

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge is going rootsy for its traditional free Independence Day concert at the Riverwalk Center. The town announced this week that the show will feature The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, considered to be a profoundly influential group that helped catalyzed the country rock and American roots music movement.

The band has a string of multi-platinum and gold records, as well as ten hits like Fishin’ In The Dark and Mr. Bojangles.

Their groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Other Independence Day activities include a 10K trail run, the Arts District Celebration, the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, kids’ activities, and the evening National Repertory Orchestra patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center. For details, please visit www.townofbreckenridge.com or www.gobreck.com

Denver: Art installation confronts airport ‘security theater’

"Guarded" opens March 30 at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.

An exhibition starting March 30 highlights TSA’s prohibited objects

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Savvy flyers have long speculated that airport searches and safety checks are a form of security theater, at once meant to reassure travelers and to let terrorists know that they can’t just walk on to a plane without being challenged.

Starting March 30, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art will explore ideas of threat and security in American society with an exhibit by Type A. The two-man artist collective — Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin —have assembled a collection of about 30 objects deemed potentially dangerous by the Transportation Security Administration.

To highlight the theatrical nature of security procedures, the prohibited objects will be guarded by an armed security officer and only be visible to museum visitors on a series of closed-circuit security monitors. Continue reading

Summit County: Backcountry Ball features outdoor films

A pair of skiers head up toward an alpine bowl above Francie's Cabin, one of four backcountry huts managed by the Summit Huts Association. PHOTO COURTESY SUMMIT HUTS.

Nonprofit group forging ahead with plans for a new hut high on Baldy as the Forest Service accepts proposal

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Huts Association will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual Backcountry Ball with revamped fundraiser this Friday, Oct. 21, at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.

Along with swapping stories about past hut trips and planning this year’s adventures, it could be a good time to ask the Summit Huts folks about their plans for a new hut on the flanks of Baldy Mountain. Word has it that the Forest Service has formally accepted the organization’s proposal and will soon begin the formal review process with a public scoping period.

The year’s Backcountry Ball will feature the same fun party as in past seasons, but after a two-hour reception — including food, beer and wine and a well-stocked silent auction — Summit Huts will present a showing of award-winning short films from this year’s Telluride Mountainfilm festival. Check out a trailer from the film festival and get more beta on the Backcountry Ball at the Summit Huts website. You can also follow Summit Huts on Twitter. Continue reading

Edinburgh – to tram, or not to tram, that is the question

Correspondent Garrett Palm delivers first impressions on his way to the Festival Fringe; locals debate new tram system


By Garrett Palm
I caught a taxi into Edinburgh yesterday evening 24 hours after leaving my apartment in Brooklyn. It started off chilly and only slightly overcast and worked its way to misty by the evening. Edinburgh is far enough North that the afternoon and evening feel like the same thing. The sun does not set until around ten.

Driving in, my cabbie, Alistair, told me he loved New York City. Everyone says that when they hear where I’m from. Some say they would love to live there, some say they could only visit. He told me New York looks like how a city should look. I told him I felt Edinburgh is how I think all cities should try to look. Continue reading

Ozomatli, Leftover Salmon headline Taos music fest

Two-day concert set for Aug. 20 -21 at the ski area base

SUMMIT COUNTY — Railroad Earth, Ozomatlie and Leftover Salmon are among the headliners for this year’s Taos Mountain Music festival, set for Aug. 20 and 21 at the base of the New Mexico ski area’s lifts.

“We are really excited about the lineup this year,” said festival director Steve Gumble. “This weekend has some amazing musical talent and great late night shows featured at the festival campground and local venues.”

Additional acts include Matisyahu, Donna the Buffalo, Jackie Greene Duo, Afroman, Orgone, Dangermuffin, Langhorne Slim, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, Ryan McGarvey and Mariachi Luz de Luna. Continue reading

Opinion: Over the River project is an artistic boondoggle

A conceptual rendering of what Over the River might look like. IMAGES COURTESY OVER THE RIVER WEBSITE.

Colorado’s rivers don’t need artificial improvements or enhancements

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — After traveling 14,000 miles and inspecting 89 rivers in the Rocky Mountains, you’d think that Christo would come to the realization that our spectacular streams don’t need much in the way of artistic improvement. Yet the Bulgarian-born artist continues to pursue his Over The River project despite serious opposition, criticism and questions from citizen groups, hunters and anglers and even the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

The installation has also drawn some public support, notably from Gov. Hickenlooper, who cited the potential statewide tourism benefits of the project, and from the Colorado State Parks board, which, for reasons many people don’t understand, voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with Christo that promises to address and mitigate the project’s impacts. By some estimates, the installation could attract anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million visitors to the area.

The industrial-scale installation would involve temporarily draping more than five miles of fabric paneling across a wild stretch of the Arkansas River between Cañon City and Salida. After finding little support for his concept in the Arkansas Valley, Christo today is appearing in Eagle County at a Vail Symposium event that’s part of an arts in education series (July 19, 5 p.m. at the Lodge at Vail). Continue reading

Sarah Palin biopic debuts July 15 in Denver

Sarah Palin's official portrait from the 2008 presidential campaign.

Film could be a prelude to a presidential bid in 2012

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Whether you love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is a modern political phenomenon. Next week, she’ll go toe to toe with Harry Potter at box office when her political biopic, “The Undefeated,” debuts in Denver at the  AMC Highlands Ranch 24 Movie Theater on July 15 after a sneak preview in Pella, Iowa.

It will also show in Indianapolis; Independence, Mo.; Phoenix; Grapevine, Texas; Oklahoma City; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Orange, Calif.; Houston and Orlando.

In an early review, the Huffington Post took issue with the film’s title because, obviously, Palin did lose as VP candidate on the 2008 GOP ticket. She also lost a 2002 primary in a race for the Alaska lieutenant governor’s post.

The film, produced by the unabashedly conservative Victory Film Group, traces Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence and explores the obstacles she faced as she confronted the vested interests in her own state including the Republican establishment and big oil. Continue reading


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