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J. Cotter Gallery goes to New York Jewelry Week

From Wall Street in Vail to 5th Avenue in New York, the jewelry of Jim Cotter of J. Cotter Gallery will be featured at this year’s NYC Jewelry Week, Nov. 14-20 in New York City. Cotter has had the same gallery location Wall Street in Vail Village since 1970, but his clientele spans from around the world. With a reputation like that, Cotter gets a personal invite to be a part of this show.

“Both of the New York galleries where my dad’s earrings will be shown contacted him and the studio directly since both gallery owners have been long time fans of his work,” said Ramsey Cotter, Jim’s daughter, who runs the gallery in Vail.

Jim Cotter will be showcasing his Featherweight Earring Collection, which are earrings made out of expanded polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam. The idea was created from seeing Styrofoam everywhere and people throwing it away. So Cotter found a creative use for it since expanded polystyrene degrades after 500 years. Cotter figured Styrofoam will stay here when we will be gone, so why not make art out of it?

Color plays a big role in the Featherweight Earring Collection from J. Cotter Gallery.
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Cotter is no stranger to using nontraditional materials in his jewelry. Steel, rocks, concrete and other unlikely materials have been turned into masterpieces under Cotter’s artistic eye. He is constantly experimenting with his materials. For example, in his signature Vail Heart piece, there are so many different materials used in creating the Vail Heart, each collection comes out unique.

The Featherweight Earrings, which are eye catching in bright colors and shapes, will be showcased at two in-person shows during NYC Jewelry Week. Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose by Arron Faber will host artists on Nov. 14 and hope to show how going green with jewelry can still keep things stylish by challenging artists to reuse, recycle or upcycle everyday objects to fine jewelry. 

The Featherweight Earring Collection will be featured at NYC Jewelry Week in New York City Nov. 14-20.
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The earrings will also make an appearance at Heidi Lowe Earrings Galore, which is an annual juried exhibition with a rich and diverse array of earrings made by emerging and established studio jewelers. The pop-up exhibition will host an in-person reception on Nov. 15.

In addition to the in-person shows, the Featherweight Earrings will be featured in SNAG: Hope is Resiliency Jewelry Online Exhibition, which explores how the participants define the resiliency of hope through their creative practice. The online exhibition features 250 works by 148 artists, and the art will be on display until Jan. 15.

“I enjoy the idea of combining disparate materials to assert that jewelry doesn’t have to be precious metal or gemstones and can survive outside the common perceptions of what properly constitutes jewelry,” Jim Cotter said.

Jim Cotter has been creating jewelry using all types of materials since he set up shop on Bridge Street in 1970.
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To learn more about J. Cotter Gallery, visit JCotterGallery.com. To learn more about NYC Jewelry Week, go to NYCJewelryWeek.com.

Curate Gallery now open in Edwards

Can art make you happy? That’s the thought behind Curate, a new art gallery in the Edwards Village Center.

“That’s our whole intention, for people to fall in love with art because truly art adds the finishing touches to a home,” said Cynthia Pillsbury, co-founder of Curate Art & Curiosities. “When art speaks to you, whether it’s the colors used in the painting or subject matter in the photograph, it can spark joy and make you content, put you in a better mood and create more happiness in you and your family’s life.”

Pillsbury and friend McKinley Lee created the idea for Curate to help fill a void they felt was needed in the Vail Valley art scene. Pillsbury came from San Francisco and Lee came from Virginia where there were more styles of art to choose from and a wider range of price points. To test the market, they did a pop-up gallery in Edwards last spring featuring 11 artists. The concept took off and once the space across the street from the Edwards Post Office and next door to the relatively new Yeti’s Grind coffee shop became available, they took the opportunity to set up shop.

Matthew Carden is a California artist who is a pioneer in miniature and toy photography.
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“We want to be a place where people can stop by and say hi and we want to be a part of the community,” Pillsbury said. “We want art to be accessible and want people to not feel intimidated to walk into an art gallery. Buying art should be a fun process,” Pillsbury said.

Curate is showcasing 17 artists from across the nation and one artist from Spain.  

“McKinley and I both love color, we are drawn towards that and abstract art, so that influence definitely plays a part in the way the gallery has been shaped,” Pillsbury said.  

Both Pillsbury and Lee are attracted to colorful abstract art.
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Artists from New York, Virginia, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin and more are being featured. There’s an artists who used to live in Vail, Starr Marchand, who has art that gives a nod to the skiing lifestyle and there is also artwork that showcases your favorite bars in Vail as seen through the eyes of Tricia Donovan. Stop in to see which local places are brought to life on canvas.

In addition to art, there will be pottery and rugs for sale.

“We work with a woman who is from Turkey and she is a single mom of three girls and is supporting them with her rug business. We will have these unique rugs, but they aren’t $10,000, these are under $1,000 and they are really cool, one-of-a-kind and very special,” Pillsbury said.

“We are doing a lot of interior designer outreach because we want to be a resource for designers in case their clients have hired them to do everything, including buying art for the home, so we want to be a local resource for them,” Pillsbury said.

Starr Marchand is a former Vail local whose art is featured at the Curate Gallery in Edwards.
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Curate is also showcasing the artists at The Hythe, the recently remodeled Marriott in Lionshead. Local designers Highline Wood Art will have their modern three-dimensional works on display just off of the main lobby.

In addition to offering art that is more accessible, Pillsbury and Lee also feel the need to support individual artists.

“That’s what’s so great about this community, everyone likes to support each other and artists and their craft. I have a lot of good friends who own businesses here and everyone is just very supportive because they know you are putting yourself out there. That is something about a small community that I love most,” Pillsbury said.

Curate Art & Curiosities will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. Follow them on Instagram using the handle Curate Vail Valley.

‘The Par D Roundup’ showcases new works by Carrie Fell

Even though we haven’t seen her in a while in person, Carrie Fell’s work can be seen all over the Vail Valley. Denver-based Fell will be back this weekend revealing a new book and new art.

The pandemic allowed Fell to look back on her long career, much of which has been spent in Vail Valley galleries, and put together a book that showcased some of her works and writings. The result was a 560-page book that weighs 10 pounds and is two inches thick and costs $350. It’s titled “The Art of Carrie Fell — A Retrospective Review: 1994-2020.”

“Without that pause during COVID, I would have never had found the time to do this, and it was such a daunting task,” Fell said.

During the pandemic, Fell worked on her new book that reflects on her career that spans over 25 years.
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To tackle the project, she enlisted the help of Heather Clancy, who has known Fell since 2005, and another friend, Dana Giddens, who helped Fell organize the book. Fell’s niece, Caylynn Abbott, helped her pour over 4,000 images of works Fell had done from the mid-’90s until present day.

“It’s a piece of art for your table, but I don’t want it to collect dust, this is something you should open often and read with a glass of wine or cup of coffee,” Fell said.

Fell will be doing a reading and book signing at the Bookworm of Edwards on Saturday at noon.

In addition to the author event, Fell will be featured at Galerie Züger in Solaris in Vail Village on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

“What I’m bringing to the art show is a true quintessential Carrie Fell show full of the favorites with lots of color and lots of fun,” Fell said.

Carrie Fell will showcase one of her originals, “Midori Nights”, at Galerie Züger this weekend.
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The art show is called “The Par D Roundup,” a play on the word “party” and coming back together again.

“The galleries in Vail have supported me throughout my whole career and I’m proud to be one of their sought after artists and I’m bringing a show that puts my stamp on that,” Fell said.

Fell will also have her new book for sale at Galerie Züger.

“Even though the book came out in the winter of 2020, it feels like it is still so new because it hasn’t had much play due to us not being able to have many gatherings or shows,” Fell said. “But coming in person is great, I get to see people’s reactions and this allows people to come see how beautiful it is. It is a substantial collection of art and something you can commit to as a collector, the book is a piece of art in itself.”

Creekside dinners, art shows, free jazz concerts and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/8/22

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for it’s 15th residency at Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra returns July 8-16 for its 15th season at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. This weekend you have an opportunity to see performances all three nights and no evening will be the same.

Come early on Friday to learn about the performance at the Pre-concert Talk at 5 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This talk will walk you through the selections for the evening:

  • Carlos Simon – Fate Now Conquers
  • Sibelius  – Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
  • Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), Op. 40

Leading the Philadelphia Orchestra is conductor Stéphane Denève and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will be featured on violin. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance begins at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra, fondly referred to as the Fabulous Philadelphians, will be showcasing its signature sound with the following works:

  • Stacy Garrop – Penelope Waits
  • Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Denève will once again lead The Philadelphia Orchestra and they will be joined by Kirill Gerstein on piano. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6 p.m.

On Sunday you are in for a special treat as the Philadelphia Orchestra brings to life “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.” This Warner Bros. classic has dazzled many generations so bring out the kids for this Bravo! Vail show. The movie will be projected on a big screen while the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Gregory Daugherty, creates the sounds and emotions of Bugs himself. Please note that this performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, go to BravoVail.org.

Vail Jazz on Sundays

Solaris Plaza is the place to be Sunday nights for free jazz music.
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Vail Jazz kicked off its 28th season last week and in addition to its ticketed events under the Jazz Tent in Lionshead on Thursdays and the free Vail Jazz Club Series at The Remedy at Four Seasons Resort Vail on Wednesdays, Vail Jazz at Solaris returns every Sunday for a free evening of jazz through Aug. 21.

Last week, the United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires took the stage to get everyone in a patriotic mood starting off with the “Star Spangled Banner” and then played all sorts of songs from the Swing Era.

This week Quemando takes the stage with some upbeat Latin jazz. Quemando means “burning” in Spanish and this band is hot, hot, hot. Named one of Colorado’s best Latin bands, this quintet, which hails from Boulder, has no problem getting people up to move and groove – maybe don’t bring the lawn chair for this show, you may never sit down.

The opening act for Quemando is the Kent School Denver Band, which is led by Quemando’s keyboardist, Justin Adams.

Plan your Sunday nights around the free Vail Jazz shows at Solaris. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

July 17

  • Headliner: Lao Tizer Quartet
  • Student Band: Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop

July 24

  • Headliner: The Burroughs
  • Student Band: East High Jazz Combo

July 31

  • Headliner: Lionel Young Quintet
  • Student Band: Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars

Aug. 7

  • Headliner: The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet Presents Sass, Swingin’ and Standards
  • Student Band: CCJA Bebop Police from the CO Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

Aug. 14

  • Headliner: Tony Monaco’s Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Giants of the B-3
  • Student Band: UNC Jazz Quintet

Aug. 21

  • Headliner: Peter Olstad’s Rocky Mountain All-Stars

This free event takes place on the plaza at Solaris. An ice rink in the winter, this large space turns into a town square if you will, with plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the show that is set up on the big stage on the west end of the plaza.

Deca + Bol, the restaurant in the lower level of Solaris, is serving at the many patio tables along the perimeter of the rink and you can order off of the menu and sit back and relax or you can grab a drink at their beverage booth and walk around while listening to the music. Or get a reservation at Matsuhisa for deck seating and you’ll have a great balcony view of the band. Vail Brewing Company is on the second level, too, and provides a great vantage point for the concert and the sunset.

The weekly concerts start at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, go to VailJazz.org.

Creekside Dinner Series

Enjoy an al fresco experience with Grand Hyatt Vail’s Creekside Dinner Series.
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Take dinner to a whole new level by participating in the Creekside Dinner Series at Grand Hyatt Vail. After last year’s successful launch and rave reviews, the celebrity chef dinner series is back with guest chefs from around the country joining Grand Hyatt Vail’s executive chef Pierson Shields. This event happens outdoors on the Grand Hyatt Vail’s Creekside Terrace. A limited number of tickets are sold at each dinner, so expect an intimate and unforgettable al fresco experience.

This week’s guest chef is Chef James “Jaycee” Couch of Jaycee LLC in Washington, D.C. Chef Jaycee is making his first trip out to Vail and is lucky enough to be able to break away from work back east since he is busy providing personalized culinary services to clients. Past clients include the admiral of the Navy Seals, ambassadors to the United States, NFL players, high-profile CEOs and even country music star Luke Bryan has tasted Chef Jaycee’s delicious dishes.

A bit about host chef Pierson Shields: he’s been with several Hyatt locations including being the executive sous chef at Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Shields draws on his vast relationships with renowned chefs across the country and invites them to Vail, which isn’t a hard sell. After a few days of work, he usually takes the visiting chef fishing.

Menu highlights for Friday’s dinner include an amuse bouche of sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna and a refreshing half moon summer arugula salad. You’ll also experience a creative twist on a surf and turf entrée with crispy soft-shell crab and wagyu steak. Save room for dessert, which will be a puff pastry filled with mango no-churn ice cream, Hennessy mango and coulis micro mint leaves. Each course will be paired with fantastic wines as well.

Is your mouth watering yet? Get your tickets to this dinner by going to EventBrite.com or calling the resort directly at 970.476.1234.

There are two more Creekside Dinners but the next one is already sold out. James London, Executive Chef and Owner of Chubby Fish, will be visiting from South Carolina on July 15. On Aug. 5 Chef Orlando Benavidez of Bits & Pieces Con Cerveza of Denver will john Chef Pierson in Vail. A sneak peek at that menu includes highlights like the pork cheek carne adobada, seared halibut with mole verde for entrees and a churro donut with burnt salted caramel and red chili citrus chocolate for dessert.

Bon Appetit!

Art on the Rockies

Art on the Rockies returns to the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards this weekend.
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Art on the Rockies returns this weekend with over 110 fine artists and craftspeople. Colorado Mountain College will host the event with plenty of parking, food and drink vendors and high-country hospitality.

Since 2011, Art on the Rockies has been a staple on the Vail Valley art scene. The show draws in artists from all over the country featuring mediums like painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass, fiber, metal, wood and more. This is a juried show, meaning these artists have been selected to be a part of the event.

This year’s featured artist is Douglas Wodark of Castle Rock, CO. Wodark’s subject matter includes creative works of iconic images of cowboys and Native Americans and wildlife.

Art on the Rockies prides itself in having “active artists” and this venue allows festival-goers a chance to meet the artists and not only speak to them about their craft, but also see them in action.

Art on the Rockies will host artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. If you want to learn more about the artists, go to ArtOnTheRockies.org.

2nd Friday ARTwalk

The 2nd Friday ARTwalk returns to Broadway in Eagle this Friday.
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Speaking of art, this Friday not only marks the monthly art walk in the Town of Eagle, it also marks the 4th anniversary of the popular 2nd Friday ARTwalk Street Festival, put on by EagleARTS held on Broadway in downtown Eagle from 5 to 8 p.m.

The town closes down Broadway between Grand Avenue and 4th Street, allowing all that extra street space to be used for artist booths, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Musical acts include Valle Musico, Tea & Tequila and Joe Hanley.

Make this your Friday night date night or bring the kids and they can participate in children’s activities by Bravo! Vail, Dewey Dabbles Art, Eagle Vineyard Church, Patterns of Joy Sewing and Eagle Climbing & Fitness.

For more information, visit the EagleART’s website at EagleArts.org or search for the “Second Friday – ARTwalk on Broadway” event on Facebook.

New murals added to Lionshead skate park

The Zeke M. Pierce Skate Park in Lionshead got a new look on July 1.
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The next time you head to the skate park, you’ll be greeted by some new helmet-clad creatures.

First of all, you may be wondering just where the skate park in Lionshead is. The Zeke M. Pierce Skate Park is actually inside the Lionshead parking garage. The open-air design of the parking garage lends itself to be a unique space for ramps, bowls, rails and … murals.

“These concrete walls are a dream to paint on, it’s the perfect canvas,” said artist Kaitlin Ziesmer of the 14-by-12-foot space she had to work with.

Ziesmer is a Denver-based artist who graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places brought Ziesmer to Vail to participate in its public art mural program that began in 2019 with the colorful transformation of the pedestrian entrances at the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. Since its inception, the program has grown beyond the entrances to the parking structures. From the interior walls near La Cantina inside the Vail Village parking garage to the five ventilation stacks west of Dobson Ice Arena, to this year’s new vibrant murals at the skate park in Lionshead, the natural scenery isn’t the only colorful sight in Vail.

The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places program invited artist Kaitlin Ziesmer to paint two murals at the Lionshead skate park.
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“Although all the mural artists are from Colorado, the similarities end there,” said Molly Eppard, coordinator at Art in Public Places. “By inviting different Colorado artists to enhance some of these public spaces we have the opportunity to diversify the style. Here, the Art in Public Places Board invited a young woman to be a part of the program and it’s always exciting to see what talent is out there and how it’s translated to these otherwise boring concrete walls,” Eppard said.

Ziesmer’s murals are anything but boring. She likes to intentionally bring out the unexpected in her playful characters. On the skate park walls you won’t see typical Rocky Mountain creatures like moose, elk or deer. Instead, you’ll see a zebra and what Ziesmer calls her “Frankenstein” bird.

“It started out like a traditional bird and then I just made it look weird,” Ziesmer said.

The animals are skate park-ready with brightly colored helmets complete with stars for the bird and ear holes for the zebra. She mainly used exterior roll-on paint and spray paint for accents.

It took Ziesmer about three days to complete each mural. Lightning, rain and hail halted her efforts periodically throughout the process.

“It can be a little stop and go. You don’t want to be on the scaffolding when it’s hailing or when there’s lightning,” Ziesmer said.

Kaitlin Ziesmer uses spray paint to add various touches to her artwork at the skate park in Lionshead.
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A prominent mural featuring several of Ziesmer’s playful mashup characters can be seen at the recently opened Rino Art Park in Denver. She was also invited to create one of the select artistically inspired rooms in the much-anticipated Acoma House in close proximity to the Denver Art Museum.

Ziesmer will be returning to Vail at the end of the summer to create another mural along the exterior staircase of the Lionshead parking structure facing the Dobson Ice Arena and the Children’s Garden of Learning. Ziesmer plans on painting lions, but if they are anything like her works at the skate park, expect the unexpected with whimsical and illustrative objects in a very bright colored palette.

Warren Miller movie premiere, restaurant deals, art programs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/13/20

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15 and Eagle County wants to help you understand the best ways to recycle every day of the year. According to the lovevail.org website, the current national recycling rate is 35% while the state of Colorado’s rate is 16%. The town of Vail recycling rate is 27%, just shy of the Eagle County rate of 28%.

Are you confused about what can and can’t be recycled? If the answer is yes, download the free Eagle County Waste Wizard app. The Recycling Guide will give you and your family the answers to all your recycling questions at your fingertips.

Walking Mountains Science Center has been counting down to America Recycles Day by offering tips and tricks to help you recycle right and manage your waste more sustainably. New tips are posted daily to its Sustainability Facebook page and Instagram stories (search for @walkingmtns). You can also send in your questions to @walkingmtns or tag #recycleright and the Walking Mountains Zero Waste team will answer your questions.  

If you want to ditch the single-use plastics, head over to Fill & Refill, a store in Edwards that is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items like shampoo and laundry detergent that are unpackaged. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste. More info can be found at fillandrefill.com.

On Friday, the town of Vail had planned to host a recycling event for paper shredding and electronic waste. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, the town of Vail is postponing the event and it will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 case numbers have been lowered.

As an alternative, Eagle County residents can take electronics waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a small charge for electronics and Eagle County residents can deposit up to 20 items of household hazardous waste, such as paint, free of charge per visit.

Second Friday ARTwalk on Broadway

This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Second Friday ARTwalk, a monthly event held in downtown Eagle. The milestone won’t be marked by any grand celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you are still invited to stop by and support local artists and shops on Broadway and beyond on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. by ordering takeout, getting gift cards and doing a quick shopping trip in the shops and galleries.

Founder and event organizer Tara Novak, owner of ARTSPaCE workshop and gallery, has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses that are a part of the Eagle community. Novak is currently working on uploading items by local artists for holiday gift ideas on artspaceworkshop.com to provide a resource for those looking to shop local this holiday season.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild will be holding a member exhibit on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to choose two free holiday greetings cards designed by artist Beth Levine. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Gallery is located at 108 Second Street in Eagle.  

Even though the Broadway Promenade in downtown Eagle won’t be bustling with exhibitor tents and food trucks like it has in the past, browse the art galleries and stop by the restaurants for a quick bite or takeout or buy a gift card and support those places as well:

  • Bonfire Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – new chalk art reveal by Natalia Gray, live music with The Evolution from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar – Frida Kahlo, Picasso, other assorted vintage art and wine specials
  • Owashi Sushi Kitchen – fine art exhibit and dining specials
  • Chics Couture – fall sale, local artisan jewelry
  • Everyday Outfitters – fall sale, home holiday decor and art prints

71st annual Warren Miller Movie Premier

Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still stoke season and the 71st annual Warren Miller movie, “Future Retro,” is the official flick that kicks it off.

You read that correctly, 71 years of Warren Miller films. These films about winter skiing and snowboarding attract die-hard enthusiasts, aspiring wanna-be pro athletes and even those who may never step foot on the slopes this winter. The footage, music and commentary are that entertaining and iconic. And although you can’t watch this year’s movie on the big screen like in the past, you’ll still see the beautiful scenery, amazing athleticism and hear some of Warren’s famous quotes.

“Future Retro” features a cast of nearly two dozen of today’s most talented skiers and snowboarders that will take you to the slopes of Utah, Vermont, Montana and Alaska. International destinations include Switzerland, Iceland and Antarctica. For those of you missing the Birds of Prey World Cup Races at Beaver Creek this year, there is a segment from last year’s women’s World Cup race in Killington, VT.

Due to the pandemic, “Future Retro” is being premiered in locations across the U.S. over a three-week period via a streaming platform. Last Saturday, the East Coast got to view “Future Retro,” This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Region can view it at 6 p.m. MST and next Saturday the West Coast will be able to see the film.

A ticket for the movie premiere costs $30 and that will accommodate one to four people on a single device. This ticket gives you and your three guests access to door prizes like ski gear, coupon codes and other swag. Have more than four who want access to the goods? Simply purchase more tickets to accommodate your viewers. You will have access to the event for up to 48 hours in case you can’t watch it Saturday or want to watch it again.

Olympian and long-time Warren Miller films narrator Jonny Moseley reprises his role in this year’s film and will kick it off with a virtual red carpet experience. Get your living room ready for the 71st annual Warren Miller movie with popcorn, “free” drinks from your own fridge and a comfortable couch. To purchase tickets or watch the movie trailer go to warrenmiller.com.

Cupcakes and Clay

Instead of Cupcakes and Canvas, Alpine Arts Center is hosting its Cupcakes and Clay event this Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cupcakes while creating a lasting piece of functional art. This week, the class will be creating platters for serving or as a decorative piece to display.

During the class, you will be provided with all the art materials to make the platter and the instruction and assistance you’ll need throughout your artistic journey. Start with a ball of clay and shape it into the desired platter you envision. This is the family-friendly version of Cocktails and Canvas, but those over 21 are allowed to purchase beer, wine or champagne from the Alpine Art Center for $6 each.

Go to alpineartscenter.org to make a reservation for the class. Tickets are $35 and include the cupcakes and all the art supplies. You can do the class virtually for $25, which doesn’t include the art materials, but you can buy art class kits online as well.

You may have seen information about the Social Arts Programs that the Alpine Arts Center is doing for the town of Vail this season. These are discounted classes for $20 due to support from the town of Vail, Alpine Bank, Holy Cross Energy and Vail Daily. This Friday’s trail map painting class is already sold out but inquire about a virtual class. More information can be found at alpineartscenter.org.

Off season deals

There are a few restaurants doing deals this time of year. Take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to a nice meal before the ski season starts and support local restaurants:

Northside Coffee & Kitchen:

  • All entrées $20
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com


  • 20% off all appetizers and sushi
  • 20% off all whole fish and wine over $100
  • Available Sunday – Thursday
  • Must mention ad to receive the discount, dine-in only
  • Hookedbc.com

Route 6 Cafe and Bar:

  • Three courses for $21
  • First course: soup, chili, house or Caesar salad
  • Second course: choice of any entrée
  • Third course: chocolate brownie or apple tort a la mode
  • Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Routesixcafe.com

Photos: Massive snowstorm socks Eagle County

Colorado desperately needed moisture and Mother Nature delivered in a big way with a massive snowstorm arriving Sunday afternoon that blanketed Eagle County into Monday.

By 9 p.m. Sunday, nearly 9 inches of snow had fallen in Vail.

Vail Daily photographer Chris Dillmann captured these images of the first big dump of the season.

Seasons collide Monday in Vail. The storm came in wet, which left roads slippery Sunday night into Monday morning.
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Patrick Hunter shovels the deck of El Segundo Monday in Vail. Businesses that are still open are still benefiting from people bumming around the village.
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Snow guns fire at the base of Gondola One Monday in Vail. The cold temperatures are allowing the resort to fire up the guns in anticipation of opening day.
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Bikes sit with a new layer of snow Monday in EagleVail.
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Snow and color show off Monday in Minturn.
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September is off to a snowy start in the Sawatch Range. Vail Daily photographer Chris Dillmann snapped shots of snow-capped peaks earlier this morning.