Art in Public Places joins forces with Vail Arts Fest

Special to the Daily

VAIL — The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased to kickoff its summer programming in collaboration with the Vail Arts Festival. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday, the Vail Arts Festival is the perfect venue to learn more about AIPP and its wide range of summer activities, programs and exhibitions.

• Street art at Vail Skatepark

Throughout the Vail Arts Festival weekend, visit the top level of the Lionshead Parking Structure to see street art created at the Vail Skatepark, as four accomplished artists create murals on the park’s exterior. This project is not only intended to enhance the skatepark, but to provide a means for the public to experience the evolution of professional street art. The four local artists invited by AIPP to create the murals are Michael Friedberg, Prent Milhoan, William Thompson and Shen.

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• Participate in a street art mural

Friedberg invites the community to help with his skatepark mural. Visit Friedberg on Sunday at noon to contribute.

• Meet local graffiti artist Shen

A new resident to the Vail Valley, Shen is a self-taught artist in pop-graffiti-realism. Tagged “ShenShen210” in the mid-’80s, she was the first female graffiti artist in the San Francisco area when the graffiti art movement was just beginning. A legend in the graffiti art community, her works have been exhibited through such venues as the San Jose Museum of Art, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and The Triton Museum of Art, as well as galleries nationwide. Meet Shen at the Vail Arts Festival where she will demonstrate some of the techniques she has mastered in painting throughout her expansive career.

• Children’s mural painting

Young artists are invited to help paint a mural project to decorate the construction site at the new playground in Lionshead during the Vail Arts Festival. This mural project, designed with popular mural painter Natalie de Stephano, will be one of the many activities that will highlight recreation through the visual arts.

• Art in Public Places banner bags

Old vinyl Art in Public Places event banners have been re-purposed into bags with the help of Mission Wear. Mission Wear is a Denver based nonprofit sewing business that hires and trains women with obstacles to employment. The bags will be sold while supplies last at the main booth of the Vail Arts Festival to benefit future AIPP programs.

To learn more about AIPP, visit or contact AIPP coordinator, Molly Eppard at

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