EAA’s new downtown gallery emblematic of Evergreen’s potential
That valiant ex-Green Beret Paul Koentges just staged a stunning victory in downtown Evergreen. Koentges, now in his second run as president of the Evergreen Artists Association, has established the EAAs first “home” since its founding a half-century back with a highly visible member-owned gallery on Main Street.
The considerable talent and diversity of EAA’s 115 members can further strengthen and propel our region’s visual arts reputation, and one might hope that Koentges could preside over a third term as EAA chief in the next years of growth and outreach.
The EAA and Evergreen’s visual arts community is only one of several creative centers in Evergreen. Our region possesses enormous established talent and achievement in the dramatic arts, in choral music, in orchestral and chamber music, in sculpture and public art, in gardening, and other fields, exceeding even the native creative power we encountered while living and working in Aspen some years back.
Our challenge, as men and women like Koentges have foreseen, is to develop adequate physical facilities and presentation space to parade our talents and, as Taos demonstrates, foster the training and nurturing of future generations of creators. In spite of economic pressures, we must locate and devise performance and classroom space to meet our needs.
A final mental requirement is to abolish the myth that Evergreen is one of Denver’s “bedroom communities.” To be sure, we depend on the jobs and economic clout of metro Denver — so do 20 other suburban communities. But, at 30 miles distance from downtown Denver, with 45,000 residents radiating from Evergreen Lake (25,000 residents alone in ZIP code 80439), an existing retail demand of $344 million annually (excluding commercial and residential real estate, construction, banking, car dealerships, lodging, and other sectors) we are hardly a “bedroom community.”
On the contrary, we have our own deepening culture of individuality, independent action and civic commitment.
We possess our own brand, our own clout, our own destiny.
Granting well-test waiver undermined community plan, constituents
It may not be surprising, but it is certainly disappointing that the county commissioners have seen fit to waive
one of the more important provisions of the community plan, a plan that was developed by a group of serious constituents
and accepted by the commissioners themselves.