Venice comes to the Vilar Center |

Venice comes to the Vilar Center

Carolyn Pope/Vail DailyAndre Wilner learns how to belly dance from Linda Frazer.

BEAVER CREEK For many years, the older generation has pondered the future of the arts: classical music, opera, literature, poetry and the visual arts.

Its an age-old question, so I wouldnt be surprised if John Miltons parents were concerned what was going to happen with all of those wild 17th century teenagers. Would they still read Shakespeare? Were still having the debate. Parents seem to forget that their children do, at some age, grow up. That usually includes appreciating the finer things in life. Namely, the arts.A new group formed last year that encourages younger adults to step up and help in promoting the arts, specifically those that take place at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. The Junior Guild emerged, an organization headed up by artist Britten Roetzel. The goal of the group is to spread awareness and enthusiasm about the arts throughout the community.

Recently, the guild hosted a first, their Venice at the Vilar Center. The event was designed to show off much of the artistic talent we have here in our valley. Over 20 local artists showed up to show off their works, including Joel Johnson, Bart Gunderson, Kathryn Wheeler, Ian Clark and Michael Salomone, among others. We wanted to promote local artists and how much talent we have in our valley, Roetzel said. Theres a void in the community and we wanted to fill that connection, not only in performing arts but also in visual arts.The group meets once a month and is expected to volunteer at three events during the year. Last year they sponsored a writing and drawing contest for children in conjunction with the musical Corduroy at the Vilar.

They also hosted a pre-party before the play, My Mothers Italian, My Fathers Jewish and Im in Therapy at the Beaver Creek Club. For the evening in Venice, guests donned Italian style masks and capes to enjoy the street-fair atmosphere.And food was in abundance, donated by Campo Di Fiore, The Beaver Creek Chophouse, Columbine Bakery, Eat! Drink! Fox Nut, The Gashouse, Cowboy Catering, Gore Range Brewery, La Scala, Markos, Masato, Pazzos, Route 6 Caf, Smiling Moose, Terra Bistro, Ti Amo, and City Market and Safeway. Jay Sapp and Gil Francher of Brandess Cadmus Real Estate donated the wine.Entertainment included Maria Moraley & Trevor Kroeper, belly dancer Linda Frazer. Terry Armistead, Steve Kiene and Rex Keep of Foto Finish shot photos of people with a Venice backdrop. He now has the equipment to print out photos immediately to take home.

The Vilar Junior Guild is geared towards younger adults, ages 21 to around 50, though Roetzel made it clear that attitude, rather than physical age, was more important.You need to have heart and passion in the arts, she said. Arts foundationFor more information on the Vilar Center Junior Guild, send an e-mail to Britten Roetzel at at high altitudeI spent most of my life making a living, now I want to make a difference. Artist Carl Thompson, who donates a percentage of his art sales to battle ovarian cancer. His mother-in-law died of the disease.Vail, Colorado

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