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High Altitude Society: Alpine Arts Center hosts pumpkin-carving event

Families and community members came out to the Alpine Arts Center for a spook-tacular pumpkin-carving event. Check in with the Alpine Arts Center for special fall events, classes and offers.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

EDWARDS — And this is how we roll in the mountains during October, with the community coming together to scare up something spooky and have some fun while doing so. A creative group got in touch with their inner artists at the Alpine Arts Center in Edwards on Tuesday during a spook-tacular pumpkin-carving event.

For years, Lauren Merrill, owner, director and teacher at Alpine Arts Center, has had the goal of bringing the community together through the arts, and on this evening, like so many others at the center, it was evident that she achieved her goal. On this blustery, cold October evening, fall was in the air in a big way, and people were in the mood to carve pumpkins.

“It is a perfect night to hold this event, with the snow falling, wind blowing and darker nights. We expect a good turnout,” Merrill said.


Indeed, the Alpine Arts Center was bustling with creativity and energy. True to Merrill’s desire to create a space “where everyone interested in the arts can find a home,” each person seemed to carve out a niche for his or herself while decorating a pumpkin.

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Merrill has a passion for the arts and had the dream of opening her own arts center since high school. Her dream has been realized in a roomy, well-lit, open studio in Edwards that affords stunning views of the nearby mountains outside the large windows. The list of classes offered to children, teens and adults is long and includes pottery, photography, drawing, painting, block printing, batik, jewelry and silk-screening. Additional offerings include Mommy & Me: Get Messy for Toddlers, Homeschool Art, Form Your Own Art Club and Kids After School Art.

The community is welcome to stop by the Alpine Arts Center any time and see the gallery shows throughout the year and get inspired to create their own art. You can ask about space rental, birthday parties and private events. You can even have your event catered by local chefs and restaurants. For more information, visit http://www.alpineartscenter.org.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.

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