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Artists create birdhouses to benefit CASA kids

Special to the DailyLocal artists have taken ordinary birdhouses and have made them extraordinary to benefit the children of CASA. The houses will be for sale Saturday at the Vail Arts Festival in Lionshead.

LIONSHEAD – Birdhouses painted by artists from Eagle and Summit counties will be for sale on Saturday to benefit CASA of the Continental Divide. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers appointed by local judges to represent the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. In the past year, 46 children living in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties had a CASA volunteer. The Vail Arts Festival next to the Lionshead parking structure will be the location of CASA’s birdhouse sale. Although the arts festival runs from Friday through Sunday, CASA will be selling the birdhouses only on Saturday.

A total of 60 different artists agreed to take a basic wooden birdhouse and let their imagination run wild to come up with a one of a kind creation. Dan Allard, who works at The Golden Bear, has made a miniature home of stone, bark and copper reminiscent of many of Beaver Creek’s finest homes. Chris Eklund of Painting by Design has made several birdhouses for CASA over the years. This year’s creation, which was painted with vinegar, features European-inspired hearts, bluebirds and flowers. Barbie Christopher, herself a CASA volunteer, contributed an all-American red, white and blue starred and striped birdhouse with a dangling folk art Uncle Sam.The birdhouse “casas” for CASA will be sold from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to contribute a “designer house” for a future event, call Debby Webster at 476-4500.

Vail, Colorado

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