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Performance art for a cause in Edwards Friday

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A glass blower, an ice sculptor, a jeweler, a potter, a weaver and lots of painters. Friday night’s Arts for Hunger event at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards will be an artistic menagerie.

The nearly 20 participating artists have been tasked with creating pieces based on the theme of hunger. Fittingly, the money raised will benefit The Vail Valley Salvation Army and Food Rescue Express, two local organizations working to combat hunger in the Vail Valley this holiday season.

Ice sculptor Paul Wertin will be sculpting his piece, a mountain lion, outside the front of the Art Center.

“It’s a tough subject matter, but a hunting animal, that’s the direction I’m going,” Wertin said. “He’s definitely hungry.”

Last year’s theme was hunger as well.

“Last year there were pretty of people who created whatever they wanted, but at least half of them did the theme of hunger,” said event co-founder and organizer Jodi Link. “There are so many different mediums, it’s very interesting.”

The artwork created at the event is also up for auction, so after watching the artists in action, spectators can vote for their favorites and also bid to take them home.

“We are committed to bringing the community together around the arts,” says Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center. “Events like Arts for Hunger are a perfect way to showcase the artistic talent here in our valley and expose the public to a unique, cultural evening of performance art.”

Eagle-Vail airbrush painter Shen isn’t quite sure what will be on her canvas come Friday night. She said she’ll create “whatever the spirit moves me to paint, within the theme.” Shen is no stranger to performance art – she painted a mural on the starting line in Avon for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge this past summer, and next week she’ll be traveling to Manhattan for her third NYC art show, she said.

Avon artist Melissa Sherowski is displaying her work at the art center, which is why she decided to participate tonight, she said. She’s not entirely sure what she’ll be painting quite yet.

“It’ll be a 20-by-24-foot acrylic painting, and probably pretty monochromatic with black, white, gray and silver,” she said. “But that’s as far as I’ve gotten.”

Minturn resident Besse Lynch attended last year’s event.

“It was really fun,” she said. “It’s always exciting to see art promoted in our valley. It doesn’t happen all that often, so when it does, it’s great to latch onto it.”

Lynch bought a painting at last year’s event.

“It’s for a good cause,” she said. “All of the artists who participate are phenomenal, and they’re kind of underground, most of them. You don’t get to see them in the typical galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek, so it’s a great opportunity to see what our local, homegrown artists are doing.”

Last year around 100 people attended the event, and raised around $500, said Link, owner of Activity Sitters, one of the event sponsors. This year, she’s hoping to double or even triple that number.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.