Silverthorne, Mountain Art Festivals partner for new show |

Silverthorne, Mountain Art Festivals partner for new show

The town of Silverthorne and Mountain Art Festivals are upping their games a notch with the first Silverthorne Fine Art Festival this weekend.

The Silverthorne Fine Art Festival is being staged at North Pond Park in Silverthorne at the base of the stunning Gore Range in Summit County.

Admission is free to the show, located at 100 Hamilton Creek Road, just off Colorado Highway 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"Silverthorne is working very hard to grow their arts and culture community with a new state-of-the-art Dillon Theatre Company facility and a newly appointed art committee," says Tina Cunningham, who, with father Dick, produce the longstanding — and nationally ranked — Mountain Art Festivals series in Breckenridge.

The Cunninghams' three Breckenridge art festivals are ranked in the top 100 fine artshows in the country.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring one of our high quality festivals to Silverthorne," says Dick Cunningham, also a touring photographer. "The show will feature fine artisans in 13 categories from across the country — and in some cases the world."

Among the artists featured are Yoram Gal, Jerry Locke, Jerry Bergin, TJ Thompson, Patrick Whalen, David Gonzales, Kimberly Reed, Doug Tomlinson and Angie Spears.

Following this weekend's Silverthorne show, and the recent July Breckenridge show, will be two other Breckenridge shows: the 17th Annual Main Street Art Festival set for the weekend of Aug. 2-4 and the 43rd Gathering at the Great Divide over Labor Day.

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Mechau family of Redstone hosts Sunday home, art studio tour

In the last golden years of the 1920s, John C. Osgood sold his quaint Redstone dairy farm and home to Glenwood Springs native Frank Mechau. Until Mechau's death in 1946, he used the house simultaneously as an art studio and a home to raise his four children in.

The house, along with the art studio of another acclaimed local artist, Jack Roberts, will be open for the public to tour on Sunday afternoon.

The open house will be part of the Redstone Historical Society's annual membership event, and will feature a 1/4-mile scenic hike, tours of both studios, refreshments and historical background on the artists.

Mechau's son, Mike, plans to attend and co-host the tour of his father's home with his brother.

"We have great memories of our mother, Paula, who preserved our father's memory," Mike said. "We are very pleased that it's going to happen."

He added that his family is pleased to host the tour and showcase the significance of the house itself and the fine architecture on behalf of Redstone.

Mechau, a three-time Guggenheim scholar, studied art in Paris before returning to the U.S. to continue his studies and his work. He was the only Guggenheim scholar allowed to study in the United States, as most Guggenheim scholars were French.

His artwork is still on display in the Redstone Inn, the Forest Service building in Glenwood Springs, and the Glenwood Springs Frontier Museum. He also created a mural for the Carbondale Post Office, which has since been moved to a federal building in Denver. Ten years ago, the mural was recreated in memory of Mechau and the replica was installed in the Carbondale Post Office.

The property where Mechau made his home and his living in Redstone was originally intended by the Osgoods to be a resort. There had been plans to build a ski lift and a golf course there before Mechau bought the estate.

"I think it's important to see this part of the estate. There's very little known of it," said Redstone Historical Society board member Debby Strom.

Mechau's work, according to his son, Mike, has become increasingly of interest to the public in past years. Denver's Channel 12 has begun creating a documentary film that will follow Mechau's artwork. The trailer, or preview video, dubbed "Frank Mechau's Modern West," can be found at

Jack Roberts' studio is filled with his colorful creations of western settings, such as cowboys and Indians, newspapermen and historical expeditions. He lived in the cabin, which he built himself in 1969 and doubled as his studio, for 30 years and averaged 40 paintings a year.

He also resided in South Canyon and Glenwood Springs, and it is said that he would trade paintings for his bar tabs. Roberts passed away in 2000, and his Redstone cabin stands today almost exactly as he left it.

According to the Redstone Historical Society, the event will be a rare chance to visit these historical homes and to view two of Western Colorado's most acclaimed artists' works.

Strom said, "We probably are just a footnote in U.S. history, but it's a sweet little town."

The event is open to all Redstone Historical Society members, and non-members also are welcome to attend with a suggested $10 donation. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mechau and Roberts properties, just upriver from the Redstone Castle. Balloons will mark the exit off of Highway 133, 1.5 miles past the coke ovens, where a white canopy tent will be set up.

#FreeFridays 7/13: Free Entertainment in Glenwood Springs

In Glenwood Springs, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a plethora of fun activities without breaking the bank. The GSPI created #FreeFridays as your hashtag guide to Friday activities without entry fees. See below for free events you can enjoy with friends and family right here in Glenwood.



Native Son’s Friday the 13th Killer Luau

Where: Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, 115 6th Street, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 5 p.m.

Friday the 13th on the patio @ Glenwood Springs Brew Garden. Doors open at 4PM. Luau feast brought to you by Native Son. Serving Smoked Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, and Plantain Burgers. Plates and sandwiches available until midnight! Photo-booth available so bring your favorite beach gear. Click here for more info.

Second Friday Reception

Where: Cooper Corner Gallery, 315 8th Street, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 5 p.m.

Join us this Friday, July 13th, to celebrate the artwork of glass artist Bethany Ostrowski. Come in and have a bite to eat, something to drink and have a chat with Bethany to find out more about how she makes her artworks. Click here for more info.

Friday Afternoon Club featuring Feeding Giants

Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 5 p.m.

This local acoustic duo plays many different genres of music including coffee house rock, classic country, blues and originals, and is often compared to the Civil Wars. Get into this event FREE with the Friday ad from the Post Independent for up to four people starting at 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

New Bridge Art: Second Friday Event

Where: Glenwood Springs Brew Garden, 115 6th Street, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 6:30 p.m.

Come out to the New Bridge Art Gallery and bring your kids for free face painting and balloons. We will also provide wine & small bites! Stay for a jam session with Painters Stage after 9 pm! Click here for more info.

We hope to see you out there!


CMC photography student’s work now part of Grand Avenue Bridge

Antonio Tavoletti has just completed his first year in the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College's Isaacson School for Communication, Arts and Media. So far, it looks like he's picked the right major.

Earlier in the year, Tavoletti's photography professor, Derek Johnston, was impressed by a series of photographs the student was working on, of Glenwood Springs' emerging bridge as it was being constructed.

"My goal," wrote Tavoletti in his artist's statement, "was to create images that isolate the bridge from all other surroundings and focus purely on the architectural mastery."

Johnston showed Tavoletti's bridge work to Tracy Trulove, Colorado Department of Transportation's Region 3 communications manager. CDOT was so impressed with the photographs, they asked to feature one of the student's images on a large commemorative plaque permanently installed under the bridge at the Seventh Street plaza.

It doesn't end there. At the bridge's official dedication on June 22, Tavoletti was treated like a dignitary. Trulove invited him onstage where he received a round of applause for his bridge photography.

Then, he not only met and was photographed with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at the ceremony, but the governor turned the tables and took Tavoletti's photo standing in front of the plaque featuring the student's bridge image.

To cap it off, through Sunday, July 15, the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center, in the lobby of Colorado Mountain College's central administrative offices at Eighth and Grand Avenue, is exhibiting several of Tavoletti's bridge photographs.

Called "A Beautiful Span," the exhibit showcases some of Tavoletti's unique photos of the bridge. The exhibit is on view in the lobby at 802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through July 15.

Call the visitor center at 970-945-6580 for more information.

#FreeFridays: Live Music in Glenwood Springs 7/6

In Glenwood Springs, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a plethora of fun activities without breaking the bank. The GSPI created #FreeFridays as your hashtag guide to Friday activities without entry fees. See below for free events you can enjoy with friends and family right here in Glenwood.


Friday Afternoon Club featuring Charley Wagner

Where: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 5 p.m.

Charley is a singer songwriter new to the area but is quickly becoming a Friday Afternoon Club favorite. Originally from northern Minnesota, he has a laid back simple folk/Americana sound that will keep you moving and coming back for more.

Get into this event FREE with the Friday ad from the Post Independent for up to four people after 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

Dwight F. Ferren Solo Acoustic Set

Where: Kai Pai Sushi Bar and Lounge, 3950 Midland Ave, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 7 p.m.

Dwight F. Ferren performs solo acoustic guitar instrumentals for restaurant and bar patrons. Click here for more info.

RnB Enterprise

Where: Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S Grand Ave, Glenwood SpringsCO 81601

When: 9 p.m.

RnB Enterprise playing classic rock, reggae and blues. Click here for more info.

Sustainability tips for July Fourth holiday

According to Northern Colorado Disposal, Americans toss out enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times.

Here are some tips from Walking Mountains Sustainability and the Climate Action Collaborative to help reduce our impact over a busy Fourth of July holiday full of picnics, gatherings and barbecue.

How to get there

• Walk, bike, bus or carpool to your picnic, barbecue or party.

What to bring

• Avoid pre-packaged, pre-made foods and styrofoam to reduce single-use plastic.

• Bring your items in a reusable bag or basket.

• Bring your own utensils, straws and reusable tableware and water bottles.

• If purchasing, then look for recyclable cups. Paper and stainless steel straws can be purchased locally at Walmart.

• Bring two trash bags. One for trash and one for recycling.

What to eat

• Shop for in-season produce at your local farmers market.

• Shop for meat from the local butcher. Meat from the butcher also has less plastic or packaging.

Post-event duties

• Separate your trash and recycling and visit a recycling drop-site or plan your event at a location that has recycling on-site.

For more information about local waste reduction, visit

The Chainsmokers play surprise Belly Up Aspen concert

Swigging tequila and dancing to "Tequila," the EDM superstar duo The Chainsmokers took the stage at Belly Up early Saturday morning for a surprise set after a concert by Lost Kings.

Lost Kings, resident DJs at Wynn Las Vegas, had been billed as playing with "special guests." But the $28 ticket price didn't suggest those guests might be the chart-topping and Grammy-winning duo behind "Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down."

At about 12:15 a.m. The Chainsmokers' Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart walked onto the stage with Belly Up co-owners David and Danny Goldberg. Exchanging hugs and hand-slaps, Lost Kings' Robert Gainley and Dr. No turned over the DJ console to Pall.

Dr. No welcomed the band by yelling to the sold-out crowd "Everybody get your middle fingers in the air!"

This secret-show coup for Belly Up materialized because Chainsmokers' Pall and Taggart were in town — with Lost Kings and friends — for the bachelor party of their manager and Disruptor Records label founder Adam Alpert, who was reluctantly dragged onstage. Regulars at Belly Up throughout their meteoric rise, Chainsmokers most recently headlined the club during X Games last year.

Performing mid-bachelor party is a feat in itself ,and this surprise late-night Chainsmokers set was, let's say, less than polished. But the ecstatic and soldout crowd — seeing the biggest EDM stars on Earth perform unannounced in a 450-capacity club in Aspen — was not complaining. They spent the set dancing, snapping photos and singing along with Taggart — who jumped in and out of the crowd several times and passed around a bottle with fans — on hits like "Closer" and "All We Know."

As the set wound down, Gainley — the Lost Kings DJ — joked of his special guests: "We had to bring our friends up here. They couldn't get this show on their own."

Shepard Fairey unveils ‘Ideal Power’ mural in Aspen, showcases new work at 212 Gallery show

"I think this is the largest crowd that's ever gathered for me in the street without pitchforks and torches," artist Shepard Fairey told an adoring all-ages throng that gathered under his new mural Thursday night in a downtown Aspen alley.

The Los Angeles-based artist, best known for his Obama "Hope" posters and his black-and-white Andre the Giant stickers, was in town to dedicate his freshly finished "Ideal Power" mural and to open an exhibition of his work at the 212 Gallery.

The gallery had been lobbying Fairey for several years to do an Aspen show. But, true to his street artist roots, Fairey wanted to do something for people who don't go to galleries.

"If I came to Aspen, I didn't just want to do a show in a gallery," Fairey said. "I wanted to make sure that I could do something in a public space that anyone, just walking around in their daily lives, could experience without having to go to a gallery."

Rising 22 feet tall and running some 55 feet down the alley from Hunter Street on the brick wall of the building that is home to the ski bum-friendly burrito shop Big Wrap, "Ideal Power" is rendered in the muted reds and blues and oranges that have become an aesthetic signature for Fairey. The piece — which a two-man team had been painting for four days — collages imagery like an oil derrick, a hand holding a flame, a winged horse, lotus flowers and a woman's face. Situated steps away from Aspen Mountain, Fairey wanted the mural to speak directly to viewers about the threats posed against such gems of the natural world.

"Especially it ties in the natural beauty of Aspen and the need to preserve that for future generations," he said.

The title alludes to sustainable energy, gender equality and, as the artist and activist put it, "the ideal power of the people rather than just the most powerful corporations."

"There are a lot of different ways to interpret different things, but predominantly it's about just respecting the environment and preserving it so that we have a place like this place for years to come," Fairey said.

After the dedication, a group of young local skateboarders — decked out in Fairey's "Obey" gear — led an informal parade from the mural to the 212 Gallery in its new location on Mill Street.

The exhibition includes more than 60 politically charged works by Fairey, much of it echoing the iconography in "Ideal Power." The gallery show includes several new pieces, including "Welcome Visitor," a silk screen and mixed media collage that responds to the immigration crisis on the Mexican border by mashing up headlines about America's internment camps for Japanese citizens in the 1940s with a welcome sign, the Statue of Liberty and a smiling cartoon ICE agent saying "Papers" in a speech bubble.

"What my work is meant to do is to engage you with a picture that maybe is powerful or provocative, but also have a point of view — something to discuss," Fairey said. "I want to create conversations that wouldn't happen otherwise."

The 212 show also includes playful propaganda posters, portraits of the labor leader Cesar Chavez and the voting rights icon Fannie Lee Chaney, and more abstract pieces using lotuses, floral patterns, Fairey's "Star Gear" logo and, of course, Andre the Giant. Prices range from $3,000 to $40,000.

A crowd of supporters packed the new gallery, spilled onto the sidewalk and eventually to an after party next door at the bar Mi Chola, where Fairey served as DJ.

Fairey was relieved that the pointed political messages in his mural and the gallery show were embraced here in the birthplace of Freak Power.

"Most people here are on the same page with me, but I feel like it's something I shouldn't get used to," he said. "Because there is a tough, bad world out there."

Make sure you’re ready for the river

Ryan Moyer has been a whitewater rafting guide for about 12 years, but that's not what sets him apart. "Rafting Ryan," the bohemian, free-spirited co-owner of Up The Creek Rafting, has continued to spend time on the water with clients, even as he runs the business.

"It lets you see what's going on with your company from the front lines. I think everyone should learn something on the river," said Moyer, who believes his company is unusual in using owners as instructors.

His love of learning is why the 37-year-old guide teaches his students not only about geology and hydrology but also about water safety. He deems the Roaring Fork River an excellent starting place for beginning rafters, especially those who want to venture out on their own. But, he maintains, every beginning rafter should know the following before they go out for a ride.

As you prepare, don't lose sight of the reason you're out there: to have fun. Rafting comes with risks, but the chances of something happening are low.

"It's kind of like the risk of crashing in the airplane. You hear about the plane crashing but you don't hear about the successful trips every day," Moyer said.


Every rafter, beginner or not, should wear a personal flotation device. Even if the water is calm. Even if the rider is a strong swimmer.

Garfield County doesn't require individuals to wear life jackets, but that's beside the point. On commercial rides, Moyer must enforce the life jacket rule, but when riders go out alone, he always recommends one.

"The river is unpredictable," he said, adding that even in calm water, a rafter thrown overboard could become immobile due to such low water temperatures.

PFDs can also keep your head above water if your foot gets stuck in a rock — a rather common occurrence.


"Don't buy cheap inflatables from Walmart," Moyer said with a laugh. "They pop on the first rock you hit or they don't hold the right amount of air pressure for the cold water."

If an inflatable has multiple valves, it's likely proper for the river, he said.

Proper river tubes have several different chambers that contain air and keep the raft afloat. If you lose one chamber, others work as backups to help keep you afloat. In an improper river inflatable — what Moyer calls a "K-Mart coffin" — you'll likely sink to the bottom instead.


Scout the route if you've never taken it before. There could be obstacles, especially during high water that you might not be able to see with the naked eye.

Moyer recommends talking to someone who has taken the route recently, even if the route is familiar. New obstacles can arise.


When people ask what routes would be a good fit for them, Moyer has a simple answer. The rafter must be able to swim through it.

"As we go up, [in classes] the likelihood of you swimming is going to go up. When you go up to a class four, you're most likely going be in the water," he said.

There are weight and age requirements for each class, but if someone is old enough, heavy enough and fit, Moyer will take them on a more intense route if they desire.

But, he says, most people prefer a class three trip. "Its more fun when you're not risking serious life and limb."


Many people bring coolers on their rafting trips and set their trash down on the boat, where it's likely to blow away.

If you see trash, don't be afraid to pick it up. You're enjoying the river, so keep it tidy for the next person who wants to enjoy it as well.


Loading and unloading points can get crowded, Moyer said.

"Don't sit on the ramp. Move your equipment quickly. Help the next person off the ramp. Don't yell at someone who is in your way."


It's easier said than done, but Moyer says if you do get caught in the water, try not to panic. Panicking adds an additional layer of stress, which makes recovery even more difficult.

Instead of panicking, when in doubt, use the whitewater swimming position. Point your feet downstream and sit like you're in a recliner so you can see where you're headed. Then you can guide yourself downstream and use your feet as shock absorbers. Foot entrapment is one of the biggest dangers on the trip, so keeping your feet up helps to combat that as well.


Cotton stays wet, which means the rider will likely remain cold the entire ride. Instead, use synthetic, fast drying material like polypropylene.

Aspen Ideas: Getting people into the great outdoors can help heal the country

Sure, spending time in the great outdoors is good for a person's physical and mental health, but could it help heal the deep divisions plaguing the country? The top executive of REI and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper think so.

In a conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, REI Chief Executive Officer Jerry Stritzke said he has witnessed how outdoor issues have galvanized his cooperative's diverse 15 million members as well as Republican and Democrat politicians.

"When I walk into a congressman's office and tell them I'm from REI, I get the stories of their youth or their experiences or the time they've spent with family," Stritzke said. "And I can tell you this, it doesn't matter if they are red or blue. They have those stories as part of their life. They are passionate about that, they care about that and it's a platform to build on."

Hickenlooper said outdoor recreation has provided "neutral territory" that allows him to develop relationships with Republican governors and then, very carefully, broach tougher issues.

"It's almost one of the few places where you really can imagine the country coming back together again," Hickenlooper said.

Stritzke said appreciation of the outdoors goes beyond nonpartisan.

"I would actually say there is bipartisan love and support for the outdoors," he said.

The nearly $9 billion outdoor recreation economy is powering many rural areas of the West, he noted.

"It's an industry driven by people with a passion for outdoors," Stritzke said.

He considers the Trump administration's decision to shrink the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah last winter anomalies that don't have widespread support. Over 95 percent of public comments submitted on the issue were in support of protecting the public lands, he said.

Stritzke said the conversation of privatizing public lands really hasn't gone any further.

"I think it's really a reflection of, when you start getting into states, the governors really do have a deeper and more profound appreciation for bipartisan support of public land," he said.

While many people cherish their memories of the outdoors, fewer people are actually experiencing them as the country gets more urbanized and "distracted" by smartphones and other devices, Stritzke said. Humans are at risk of becoming an "indoor species," he said.

REI clearly has a vested interest in making sure that doesn't happen, but Stritzke claimed the company's concern goes beyond sales. It's about bringing people together over love of place.

"If you love the same places, whether that's a trail that you're on or a piece of water that you have a deep relationship with, that brings you together — that trust, that shared passion," Stritzke said. "I do think that's one of the secret sauces, this idea of (the outdoors) makes such a powerful force of bringing people together."