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Vail Daily letter: Arts in Eagle

Kay Cochran
Vail, CO, Colorado

Early last spring, it crossed my mind that Eagle has a very talented, vibrant and active art community, but not many people know about it. The town had just voted down the Eagle River Station, and folks were asking, “If we aren’t comfortable with growth through large chains and expansive developments, how do we grow?” My answer was: small grass-roots enterprises, local stuff, and the local stuff I knew something about was art!

So, as Wyrd Studio, I started an art walk.

For two years we had an art walk in Eagle Ranch, but it was not going to take place in 2010. We have an art center in Gypsum; an awesome arts group, the Eagle Valley Artist Alliance; quite a few studios; and lots of artistic individuals.

Eagle can boast about much more than art, and to begin to list all the strengths and interests of this multifaceted little town would take quite a bit of ink. But again, my strength happens to be art, so that’s what I went with.

The idea, the mission statement, of the art walk was to better incorporate the arts into the daily lives, the very fabric of Eagle. Art is not the only thing that makes this town rich and vibrant and life within it so enjoyable, but it is an aspect of this community worth celebrating, supporting and trumpeting.

The idea was a bit larger then reality, however. I had hoped, in part by holding the event wherever businesses had a strong interest in associating themselves with the arts, to make the event accessible, fun and an asset to the town. Even with new folks joining the cause and the help of some good friends, the walk has had to change. The route originally included several areas. The last walk will converge only on Broadway with an after-party at Fusion! at Fourth and Grand Avenue.

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Friday is the last planned art walk of 2010. After that, the art walk will become Art in the Park!

Artists from the walk will be displaying and demonstrating at the Eagle Farmers’ Market after the 6th. With live demonstrations and art activities for all ages provided by the Art Center, this will be a great way to wrap up the summer of 2010.

I hope to see you all at the art walk on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. (on your way to and from the farmers’ market) and then at the market after that.

Be sure to check out and support the arts or anything else you personally find interesting about this small community, get behind local shops, bands, restaurants, co-ops – whatever cool stuff is growing up right here under our feet in this unique mountain town.

For more information on these events, e-mail eagleartevents@

gmail.com or call Kay at 970-250-9559 or Shamane at 818-588-9459.

Kay Cochran