Pair of events takes fine art on the road |

Pair of events takes fine art on the road

Road trips are awesome for so many reasons – first and foremost because they’re the only time it is acceptable to eat a gas-station hot dog. But road trips are also awesome because they take you places you never thought you’d go, or never knew you wanted to go, like Michael Carmichael’s house in Alexandria, Ind. Carmichael, according to, has the world’s largest ball. It weighs more than 1,300 pounds, has more than 18,000 coats of paint and hangs in a shed outside his home. Or they might take you to Cawker City, Kan., to the world’s largest ball of twine. In 2003 the town held a Twine-A-Thon, bringing the garage-sized twine ball’s total length to 7,049,191 feet, according But if you happen to be in the Roaring Fork Valley this weekend, a road trip will likely take you to art – a whole bunch of it. Two self-guided art tours run this weekend – the Aspen and Carbondale community schools second annual Studio Tours, and the inaugural year of Roaring Fork Valley Art Days. The Studio Tours offer road-trippers the chance to tour 30 different artists’ studios from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. All day Saturday and Sunday the artists will be working and offering demonstrations to anyone who buys a $10 map of the participating studio , said Julia Jundt, one of the tour’s organizers. Roaring Fork Art Days is similar to Studio Tours, but it focuses on galleries and restaurants as opposed to studios, with many more down-valley participants. Art Days is also free, but self-guided, just like Studio Tours. This is a great weekend for art throughout the valley and an even better weekend for road trips. So fill up the tank, pick up a map, and skip breakfast to make room for the hot dogs – lots of hot dogs.What: Studio Tours to benefit Aspen Community School and Carbondale Community SchoolWhere: Road trip!When: Opening reception is 6:30-8 p.m. Friday at Alpine Bank in Carbondale. Self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Tickets: A $10 map is your ticket to this event. They are available at Alpine Banks; The Artists Mercantile, Main Street Gallery in Glenwood; Sounds Easy, Main Street Gallery in Carbondale; Café Bernard, Basalt Gallery in Basalt; and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.Information: 923-4646.What: Roaring Fork Valley Art DaysWhere: Road Trip!When: Friday and SaturdayTickets: A free map is available from any of the participating galleries and restaurants, including: Crystal Glass Studio, European Antiques, Main Street Gallery, Kahhak Fine Arts & School, Roadside Gallery, Russets, and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities in Carbondale; Basalt Gallery, Riverside Grill, in Basalt; Colorado Mountain College Studio, Mountain Valley Textiles & Gifts, Little Bear Antiques Mall, Main Street Gallery, One of a Kind, Rock ‘n’ Star Ranch, and Aesthetica in Glenwood. Information: (303) 601-1227, (970) 927-9668

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