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Today's Features

  • Word on the street is that people aren’t buying as much art. With the downturn in the economy, art — often considered a luxury item — can be one of the first purchases to go.

    Victoria Thomas, artist and owner of Kaleidoscope Gallery, hasn’t felt the pinch, though. In the last year, Thomas has seen a steady stream of sales of her unique found-mineral artwork, has opened her own gallery in Evergreen, and continues to expand her business in new directions.

  • After 43 years of doing something, one would think that you could make it almost perfect. Such is the case with the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival, set for Aug. 29-30. Annually, the Evergreen Artists Association hosts this two-day event, tucked among the old-growth Ponderosa pines in Heritage Grove near Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • A great success is the best way to describe the first-ever Art in the Park at the Mountain Resource Center last week.

    The event, which provided free art activities for children and their parents, was expected to garner a couple dozen wannabe artists, but by the halfway point, at least 50 children had attended. And they all had messy, artistic fun.

    The kids painted birdhouses and made kites, hats, beaded necklaces and stamped booklets, and even painted canvas shoes.

  • The mission of the Center for the Arts Evergreen is to promote and cultivate artistic excellence and to enrich the art experience in our mountain community. For this reason, the upcoming collaboration at the center is exceptionally poignant. The Center for the Arts has teamed up with members from the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra to present an evening of art for all the senses.

  • Colorado is a long way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — the “U.P.,” for short. But when it comes to humor, Coloradans aren’t all that far away from Yoopers. Let’s face it — four crusty hunters, some Native American moonshine and a load of flatulence can make even the most prim of the populace giggle. And giggle is what you’ll do when the Evergreen Players open “Escanaba in da Moonlight” on July 10.

  • Summerfest has become an annual event in Evergreen — crowds gather to see great art, hear amazing music and enjoy all that is beautiful about our town. The Center for the Arts Evergreen has worked especially hard in recent years to ensure that Summerfest is not only a well-respected regional juried art show but to ensure that it is a community event that will continue for at least 30 more years.

  • Twelve local acts are tuning up to fight for stage time at the upcoming Conifer Mountain Music Festival.

    The bands will be battling it out at the first-ever Great Conifer Battle of the Bands on July 11 and 18 at McSwaine’s 285 Road House. Both competitions begin at noon. Seven bands will perform July 11, and five will perform July 18.

    The musical talent runs the gamut from seasoned rockers to younger acts and genres from punk rock to folk, but one thing remains the same for all 12: They’re ready for a good fight.

  • The Evergreen Gallery, in existence for over 20 years, has found a bustling home tucked amongst the businesses of downtown Evergreen.

    The gallery, founded in 1987 by Meryl Sabeff, is packed with unique art and has developed a following for its themed shows, during which Colorado artists create two- and three-dimensional pieces that fit a particular topic. Now, as the gallery enters its third decade, exciting changes are on the horizon.

  • Peak Academy of Dance is becoming more than just a dance studio.

    The studio in Aspen Park is working to become a nonprofit that will be called Peak Performance Company, according to owner Danielle Heller.

    Working with local businesses and performers, Peak has raised enough money to fill out the necessary paperwork to file for 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service and is on its way to realizing its dream to offer dance scholarships and be a community-wide performance arts center.

  • Imagine a 3-foot-tall saguaro cactus that is home to a family of mice.

    This particular cactus happens to be blue, and the mice are dressed in sombreros. Their cactus home has a bedroom, living room and kitchen and is complete with furniture, dishes, tile floors and wall decorations.