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Vail’s Art in Public Places seeking artists

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailySculptor James G. Moore's bell, "Great Blue Heron Through The Ages," is one of five bells that will be on display at Ford Park in Vail this summer.

VAIL, Colorado ” The Town of Vail Art in Public Places (AIPP) is inviting artists to help celebrate the Summer of Sculpture exhibition and Betty Ford Alpine Garden’s 20th Anniversary. The celebratory event, titled Bells and Butterflies, will take place in Ford Park, between the picnic pavilion and Old School House on June 30. Artists are being asked to join in the festivities, which include a painting competition, the opportunity to meet sculptor James G. Moore and ring any of his five bell sculptures on display. There’s also a “Painted Lady” butterfly launch, Bravo’s instrument petting zoo, guided tours of the gardens and the Vail Jazz Foundation’s “Jazz 101.”

Artists wishing to participate in the event will have the opportunity to enter their painting into a competition. Three winning paintings will be displayed at Vail International Gallery from June 30 through July 3. To qualify, artists must be painting on-site no later than 2:30 p.m. on June 30 and are welcome to start earlier. The outdoor paintings must include one or more of the bell sculptures by Moore and be completed by 4 p.m. the same day. A jury will meet at 4:15 p.m. to select the winning paintings. Winning artwork will be announced by Vail Mayor Dick Cleveland at 4:30 p.m.

The Summer of Sculpture exhibition gets under way in Ford Park beginning May 28. Five large-scale bell sculptures that include images of wildlife will be on display through Labor Day.

For more information visit or call 970-479-2344. Artists who plan to participate should notify AIPP no later than June 6 to ensure their name is placed in the event program.

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