In celebration of art |

In celebration of art

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – Vail Mountain School’s Week of the Arts celebration begins today. Since 1997, the school has celebrated the arts by displaying student and guest artwork around the building, welcoming guest artists and performers and hosting student concerts and art-gallery shows.

“Arts Week is a true celebration of the artistic talent that lies within each student,” art teacher Michelle Gurnee said.

This year, led by directors Carrie Curtis, Mandy Hanson and Dave Laub, the Fifth Grade and Middle School Beginning Band, the Middle School Concert Band, the Upper School Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble, the Lower School Chorus, the Middle School Choir, and the Upper School Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Wednesday. The public is invited to attend the Tuesday show, which will also include performances by the Combined Concert Band and Combined Choir. “This concert is a great representation of the excellent progress our ensembles have made over the course of the year. I think our audiences will be astonished by the musical accomplishments of all of our choirs and bands,” said Dave Laub, music department chair.

In addition to musical performances, Week of the Arts will welcome various local artists who will work with students and share their craft. The students will be visited by papermaker Jenn Cram, painter Ted Garcia, Denver metalsmith Chuck Leftkowitz, Boulder painter and sculptor Taylor Replane, craft artist Kelli Bailey, jewelry maker Samantha Wright, potter Marjorie Westermann, painter Rolinda Stats, stained-glass artist Eldon Rowland and caricaturist Steve Kiene. “Introducing students to local artists provides them with opportunities to not only expand their interests and creativity but also learn more about career opportunities in the art and music fields,” art teacher Lauren Merrill said. “We are lucky to bring in artists who have a passion for what they do and are eager to share it with our students,” Kristine Oelberger, chair of the art department, said.

Artwork will be displayed throughout the school all week, and a gallery show will be open to the public at 6 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday students will be immersed in art for the entire day (Day of the Arts) and will enjoy a special performance by Kissidugu, a West African drumming and dance troupe. “Arts Week is a true celebration of the many different creative expressions we encourage here at VMS. It’s a wonderful concluding event of a year’s worth of artistic growth,” Laub said.For more information on Vail Mountain School, contact Emily Tamberino, director of communications, at 476-3850 or

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