Triumph Winterfest event set for Wednesday in Vail |

Triumph Winterfest event set for Wednesday in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado – The fourth annual Triumph Winterfest Arctic officially opened on Jan. 14. Karl Krueger’s five snow polar bear sculptures, located in Vail Village near the Children’s Fountain and along the Gore Creek Promenade, were received by a large crowd with great applause.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., join Krueger and photographer Roxanne Granzow together in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library for a discussion about Triumph Winterfest. Learn about Krueger’s inspirations behind the project and Granzow’s first-hand experiences in the Arctic amongst polar bears. This event is free and open to the public.

Local artist Krueger created the life-size polar bear snow sculptures for the 2011 Triumph Winterfest for the guests and residents of Vail to enjoy as long as Mother Nature allows. These meticulously-rendered sculptures are 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 that serve as the primary source of vitality for polar bears.

This year the Triumph Winterfest outdoor installation is complimented with a photography exhibition by local artist Roxanne Granzow. The exhibition of Arctic photographs are on view at the Vail Public Library through Jan. 30. Granzow moved to Vail in the 1970s and has traveled to the Arctic on four occasions. Her journeys are captured through her poetic images of polar bears in their natural environment. 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.

For more information call 970-479-2344 or 970-479-2194 or visit

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