Fourth annual Triumph Winterfest this week in Vail |

Fourth annual Triumph Winterfest this week in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The opening of the Fourth Annual Triumph Winterfest Arctic will be celebrated with the official lighting of the exhibition by Mayor Dick Cleveland on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Local artist Karl Krueger’s exhibition of snow polar bear sculptures will be on view in Vail Village near the Children’s Fountain and along the Gore Creek Promenade as long as Mother Nature allows. Enjoy viewing “Arctic” and the official illumination with complimentary hot chocolate provided by Up the Creek restaurant at 5:45 p.m.

“It is Triumph Development’s pleasure to bring this fourth year of the Triumph Winterfest to Vail for our guests and residents to enjoy. We wanted to extend our initial financial commitment to Art in Public Places, so we could see this popular cultural event continue to grow,” said Steve Virostek, principal of Triumph Development.

Virostek and James Fangmeyer of Triumph Development voluntarily funded the Fourth Annual Triumph Winterfest celebration, according to Doe Browning, Chair of Vail’s Art in Public Places Board.

“Our gratitude and respect for these individuals and Triumph Development can never fully be expressed,” she said.

Further developing upon his extremely successful snow polar bear sculpture that resided in Vail Village during the winter of 2010, Krueger created five life-size polar bear snow sculptures in various gestures that will inhabit the Gore Creek Promenade for the 2011 Triumph Winterfest. These meticulously rendered sculptures will be illuminated in the evening by energy-efficient LEDs. Krueger collaborated with Pink Monkey Solutions to build lighting designs that would mimic the effect of holes within the ice floes.

Krueger, born and raised in the Vail Valley, received his master of architecture from Yale University in 1998. His art works range from traditional oil paintings to mixed-media sustainable constructions. He succeeds in finding inventive solutions by using everyday materials for his art objects, including this exhibition.

This year the Triumph Winterfest outdoor installation will be complimented with a photography exhibition by local artist Roxanne Granzow at the Vail Public Library, opening Sunday. Granzow, who moved to Vail in the 1970s, has traveled to the Arctic on four occasions. Her poetic images of polar bears in their natural environment will be celebrated with an opening for the artist from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Library’s Community Room. This will be an opportunity to meet the artist and learn of her journeys to the Arctic. Her passion for photography transcends to educating young people about her travel experiences. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Granzow’s photographs will benefit Polar Bears International.

On Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m., join Krueger and Granzow together at the Vail Public Library for a discussion about the Fourth Annual Triumph Winterfest. Learn about Krueger’s inspirations behind the project and Granzow’s first-hand experiences in the Arctic amongst polar bears.

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