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CULTURE PULSE

VISUAL ARTS

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FOR DECADES, artists have
flocked to the area, finding
inspiration in the mountain
setting. Today, the results of
their imaginations and skills
line the walls of galleries and
exhibit spaces. Styles run the
gamut, from glassblowing
and painting to woodturning
and pottery. Native American
art shares space with photography, custom furniture
and bronzes. Handcrafted
jewelry is found in both galleries and in the boutiques
lining Elkhorn Avenue.
Weekly First Friday Parties
present an excellent opportunity to meet artists while
also admiring the breadth
of subjects and techniques.
Collectors are sure to find
unique pieces on these
nights as well as during
the annual Art Market, Art
Walk and at other art shows
throughout the year.

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MUSIC

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MUSIC, too, adds to the
village's creative buzz.
Sometimes the sounds of big
band jazz take center stage;
other times a solo pianist
creates an inviting ambience
at a tavern or a restaurant.
Guest artists come to town
for special concerts, and local musicians play regularly.
The range of music swings
from acoustic guitar to folk
to jazz-and even to Spanish and Celtic tunes. Classes
and day camps are available
for youth and adults seeking
to improve their playing.

FESTIVALS

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CREATIVITY UNDERSCORES
many of the festivals hosted
in Estes Park, from the "how
do they move their feet so
fast" Celtic dancing during

the Longs Peak Scottish
Irish Highland Festival to
the bluegrass picked during
the Mountain Music Festival.
The Summer Concert
Series welcomes different
musicians, June through
September, at Performance
Park. In mid-June, wool arts
and crafts dominate during
the Estes Park Wool Market,
the largest fiber festival in
the West. Plein air painters
follow in August as part of
Plein Air Rockies, a series
of events promoting
painting outdoors.

PERFORMING ARTS

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ARE YOU LOOKING to enjoy
some live entertainment
while in town? Local theater
groups and nationally
recognized variety shows
stage regular productions,
often adding musical theater
or traditional plays to Estes
Park's artistic mix.

DIY

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YOU DON'T NEED TO BE an
accomplished artist to feel
inspired here. Take a class
to improve your painting or
learn the Zentangle® drawing method. During a Sip &
Paint class, paint a selected
piece while enjoying a glass
of wine. Youngsters display
their imaginations at another arts and crafts venue,
where they, along with teens
and adults, can experiment
with beading, painting
ceramics, tie dying, weaving
baskets and more.

Top to bottom: courtesy of O'Hara Photography, Visit Estes Park/Adam Concannon

THE ARTS

Check out Estes park's artistic side, and maybe get creative yourself.


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