New restaurant Mountain Standard hosted a group of supporters of the town of Vail's Arts in Public Places program on Friday evening. Artists/sculptors, town of Vail officials, longtime locals, and fresh new faces (including successful, yet down-to-earth Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic) came together to celebrate. Guests mingled with restaurant owner Matt Morgan and his talented crew before stepping out and taking in the impressive and dramatic ice sculpture art display.
Meandering along the Gore Creek Promenade is a magical experience any time but add the glowing illumination of ice sculpture and it is downright mystical. Thanks to the handiwork and hard work of Paul Wertin and Kent Roberg of Alpine Ice and Nathan Cox of Pink Monkey Solutions there is a spectacle to behold along the babbling Gore Creek. As part of the town of Vail's Art in Public Places, the sixth annual Triumph Winterfest exhibition celebrates all things Vail and mountain culture through interactive and visual arts.
In addition to the aspen tree and lantern-inspired ice sculptures, there is an inaugural installation of the Logan Ice Theater, was made possible through matching donations from Triumph Partners and Vail art aficionados Vicki and Kent Logan. Videos, including Warren Miller Entertainment's montage and homage to Vail, are projected onto the Logan Ice Theater's 10 foot-tall screen created from blocks of ice. Watch footage of Vail from 1962 to present times. In honor of Vail's 50th Anniversary there are additional film segments, including "Vail...Timeless" and "The Call of the Mountains - 50 Years of the Vail Ski and Snowboard School."
Town of Vail Arts in Public Places Coordinator Molly Eppard spoke to the crowd gathered outside in the Logan Ice Theater.
"Triumph Partners has been so generous to the Arts in Public Places program by donating financially, so that, we can bring these exhibitions to us ... also, I really want to thank Warren Miller Entertainment. They provided this great footage and it was just an easy collaboration to work with them."
Eppard also thanked the Logans for their dedication to the arts and her co-workers at the town of Vail and the AIPP board of directors. Eppard was then treated to a loud congratulatory round of applause from her peers for her commitment to art and contribution to the community. To learn more, visit www.artinvail.com.
Social columnist Betty Ann Woodland covers soirees, events and fundraisers for non-profits. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.