Land purchased for Rifle art park |

Land purchased for Rifle art park

The Bookcliffs Council on the Arts & Humanities (BCAH) in Rifle has purchased five acres just outside the city. The facility will now be known as the BCAH Arts Garden, with the east end serving as Sunrise Park.Events, concerts, exhibits, and children’s and adult classes are being developed by the council for the site.BCAH recently received a $137,500 Donor Advised Grant from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, and $100,000 from an anonymous donor. Frosty Merriott and Rusty Crossland, of the Crossland Foundation, also donated $5,000. These gifts have made possible the purchase of the $275,000 site, formerly the Morrow family farm. The organization has retained the services of architect Jeff Dickinson, who is working closely with the BCAH Building Committee to put together a blueprint for the entire project.Long-term plans include a meeting house, a fully-equipped school of metal sculpting, classrooms, gallery space, an acoustically correct stage, vendor booths, the construction of a caretaker’s residence, renovation of the historical home at the center of the site into a bed and breakfast, and a wall constructed of baled, “nonrecyclable” materials that will serve as rotating mural space surrounding the park.Dickinson is well-known for his designs and green building practices. He recently completed construction of the passive solar strawbale Waldorf School in Carbondale.The BCAH is seeking building materials including, doors, sliding windows, cabinetry and countertops to begin renovation of the barn on the west end of the site. The BCAH is a nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible. For more information, to make a donation, or to become a member, call 625-1889 or 876-5345.

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