Eagle has been in the pink for three months now, but as autumn approaches that hue is beginning to fade.
The Pink Colorado Exhibit that graced buildings around town all summer is now concluded. The final celebration note happened Friday when Steve Taylor's photo was awarded Viewer's Choice honors.
Taylor's photo, which hung at Eagle Ranch village, showed Brush Creek as it flows through Sylvan Lake State Park on an evening with a picture-perfect pink Colorado sky at sunset.
"I have a lot of photos, but that's really the only one that I had with pink in it," said Taylor. "I also figured it wouldn't hurt that it was taken at Sylvan Lake State Park."
The Pink Colorado exhibit began in March with a statewide competition of photos displaying an element of the color pink. The contest netted more than 300 total submissions, which a panel of noted Coloradoans whittled down to the 27 finalist photos.
Once the finalists were selected, the photos were blown up to billboard size and placed at locations throughout the town for the summer. Additionally, a calendar featuring all the finalist photos was offered for sale at locations throughout town and on the Pink Colorado website. All donations collected from Pink Colorado events will be donated to the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Throughout the summer, the exhibit featured a Viewer's Choice contest. Pink Colorado collected donations at $1 per vote for the award. Taylor noted his wife, Patty, campaigned for his work through her Facebook page and among friends. In recognition for his award, Taylor will receive two American Airlines tickets. He hopes to use the prize to fly his parents from their home in West Virginia to Eagle at Christmas.
While he is thrilled to have won top honors at the Pink Colorado Exhibit, Taylor said it is a bittersweet moment.
"It was inspiring to see my work that big, no doubt. And it is sad to see the photos come down. We went out again to look at it just last night," said Taylor.
Pink Colorado was the brainchild of Holli Snyder of NRC Broadcasting. She hopes that by the time all the proceeds are tallied the exhibit will have earned $10,000 for its two charities. She noted there are still around 400 calendars remaining from the 1,500 printed and urged locals to continue their support by purchasing one.
"I am sad that Pink Colorado is over. I'm sad that the banners are coming down because I've loved seeing them so much. But all things must end," said Snyder.
While their time on public display is nearing a conclusion, many of the Pink Colorado banners are still available for purchase. However, some of the artwork has already found new homes.
"Pink Prospects" - the photo by Maisie Crow that depicted a little boy surveying hats at the Eagle County Fair - went to the tyke's grandmother who lives in Texas.
"She also bought about 20 calendars for Christmas presents," said Snyder.
Laurie Dusenberry's photo of a little girl and a pink butterfly was purchased by her parents and it will soon be hanging at a Children's Museum in North Carolina.
The Freedom Rider photo that hung at the Eagle County Building is now owned by the county and it is slated for display at the Eagle River Center or the Eagle County Regional Airport. John Shipp of the Dusty Boot purchased both of the banners that hung at his restaurant and plans to keep them up on display.
Snyder urged anyone interested in calendars or banners to visit www.pinkcolorado.com to learn more.