VAIL — This summer, Vail’s Art in Public Places presents a wide range of activities, programs and exhibitions for all ages to enjoy.
WEDNESDAY ART WALKS
Meet each Wednesday through Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the parking structure for an hour-long guided tour of Vail Village and the public art collection. After an introduction to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, the tour winds its way through the village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the village and the importance of site-specific art. The town’s public art collection includes 45 works.
NEW PUBLIC ART WALKING MAPS
A new fully-color printed map of the town of Vail’s public art collection is now available at the Vail Village and Lionshead welcome centers. Featuring 36 works of art in a walkable map of Vail Village and Lionshead, as well as the art beyond town center, the map is a good resource for enjoying Vail’s abundance of public art. Over 30 works of art in the town of Vail’s growing collection are created by Colorado artists.
‘COLORADO LOOPS’ BY YOSHITOMO SAITO EXHIBIT ON INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE
Through Sept. 30, two unique cast bronze sculptures by the multitalented and award-winning artist Yoshitomo Saito will be on loan to Art in Public Places. Originally from Tokyo, this Denver-based artist exhibits in both group and solo-exhibitions throughout the United States. “The Colorado Loop is a series of sculpture constituted of looping bronze branches creating simple interlocking rings of lines,” Saito said. “Each piece was welded spontaneously without knowing the precise outcome, mimicking the gestural purity of the art of Japanese Enso painters perfecting a one-stroke circle.
PLAYING WITH PAPER WORKSHOPS AT VAIL LIBRARY
The Vail Public Library welcomes back local paper artist and author Helen Hiebert for a series of three playing with paper workshops in the library’s Community Room this summer. The first workshop took place in June, but there are two more coming up. Hiebert is a nationally recognized paper artist who has been featured in House and Garden, Country Living and Architectural Records magazines. Hiebert is the author of many titles, including “The Papermaker’s Companion,” “Papermaking with Plants” and “Paper Illuminated.”
• July 23 at 5:30 p.m.: “Playing with Pop-Ups.” Learn the basics of pop-ups as you create a selection from Helen’s new book, “Playing with Pop-Ups.”
• Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m.: “Fun Ways to Fold Paper.” Explore the art of paper folding to create books made from one sheet of paper as well as some beautiful folding stars.
The cost for each workshop is $10, which includes materials and instruction. Participants ages 13 and older are welcome. RSVP for each session. Space is limited. Call Liz Willhoff at 970-479-2190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART IN NATURE FOR KIDS
Join the Vail Nature Center operated by Walking Mountains on Fridays through Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. These classes engage young artists of all skill levels with the natural world while helping them appreciate art and nature in a whole new way. Art in Nature takes place outside at the Vail Nature Center in Ford Park. Activities change weekly. Ages 6–13, $45 per student (materials included). For reservations, call 970-827-9725.
COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION AT VAIL PUBLIC LIBRARY
From Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, enjoy a group exhibition by local talent in the library’s Community Room. As a result of the fine quality of work that was submitted over the past year for consideration in the Rotating Art selection above the fireplace, Art in Public Places and the Vail Public Library decided to offer an opportunity to showcase these local artists’ works in a summer exhibition.
LIONSHEAD ART TOUR
On Aug. 7 at 10 a.m., meet at the Vail Public Library for a free two-hour tour of Lionshead’s public art. The tour begins with viewing the library’s public art and community exhibition, the Lionshead Welcome Center, multiple outdoor sculptures and Vail’s newest playground Sunbird Park. After the tour, enjoy even more art at the Rembrandt Art for Hearts exhibition in the Grand View.
REMBRANDT ART FOR HEARTS
Rembrandt Art for Hearts features works from the largest private collection of Rembrandt etchings from Drs. Toby and Morton Mower. Takes place Aug. 1-7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grandview Room in Lionshead, $10 donation. For more information visit www.startinghearts.org.
Contact Molly Eppard, AIPP coordinator, for more information at meppard@vail gov.com or 970-479-2344.