Pig program will makehay for literacy programs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Pigs will be invade the Hotel Colorado on Wednesday!No, this isn’t the Post Independent’s attempt to become a tabloid rag. It’s the truth. Pigs will be invading Glenwood’s grand hotel from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 9. That’s because that’s when Alpine Bank will kick off its “Alpine Swines for Literacy” project. Fifteen enormous, larger-than-life-size fiberglass pigs will be unveiled to the public for the first time. Alpine Swines for Literacy was developed to create awareness for literacy and raise money in the process, too, for literacy programs in communities with an Alpine Bank presence, said Sue Lagiglia-Corsentino, Alpine Bank vice president and marketing director. The idea for Alpine Bank’s “Alpine Swines” comes from similar projects involving large, decorated, inanimate animals placed around cities in other parts of the country and the world. Chicago had its “Cows on Parade,” and Santa Fe, N.M., its “Painted Ponies” – ergo, Glenwood’s swine.The Alpine Swines were designed and decorated by 15 of the region’s most talented artists (see box). Glenwood Springs artists are well represented. Kirstie Steiner’s “Pignic” comes complete with ants crawling up its back, while Wewer Keohane’s pig “Angels Hog Heaven” has ruby red lips and a blue sky and cloud theme. Mary Noone even ran her pig, the colorful “Soaring Pork Sally,” through an auto paint waterproofer.Only one pig is an out-of-stater: “Pigano” created by artist Kathe Fraga of Bainbridge Island, Wash., is a veteran of “Pigs on Parade,” a similar project to raise funds for the Pike Place Market Foundation in Seattle. Popular mascotsThe pigs are so big, Lagiglia-Corsentino wasn’t sure at first they’d fit through the doors at the Hotel Colorado. (They do.) They come in two models. The sitting pigs measure 4-12 feet tall, and the standing versions are 7 feet long by 3-12 feet tall.Bob Young, chairman of Alpine Banks of Colorado, said pigs were chosen as a theme because of their connection to banking.”Well, we like the association of banks, piggy banks and savings, as much of this project centers on children,” Young said.Lagiglia-Corsentino said Alpine Bank has partnered with Spellbinders, a nonprofit storytelling organization founded in 1989 by Germaine and Al Dietsch. She said the group will be working with the Alpine Swines project, visiting local libraries and schools to keep the storytelling tradition alive and well. Children are a large part of the Alpine Swines for Literacy program, but are certainly not the only beneficiaries. The project will also fund-raise to assist functionally illiterate individuals, no matter what age. This isn’t the first time porcine critters have been featured in local fund-raising efforts for community service nonprofit organizations. YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal fund-raiser, in its 13th year, now has another crew of potential pig kissers gearing up their campaigns to raise money and become the lucky participant in a pig/human smooch. Apparently, whether it’s painting them or kissing them, pigs seem to be popular mascots for worthwhile causes around here. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgMeet the SwinesAll the pigs on display from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Colorado were created by regional artists, except for one whose creator is from Washington state. “Valley Porktrait” by James Sommerfeldt of Eagle”Pig Tales” by Karyn Elizabeth Mitchell of Basalt”Pignic” by Kirstie Steiner of Glenwood Springs “Celeste, the Divine Swine” by Britten Roetzel of Vail “Schwine & Ferkel” by Daniel Loge of Grand Junction”Soaring Pork Sally, the Queen of the Roaring Fork Valley” by Mary Noone of Glenwood Springs “Coal Swiner” by Grant Ballin of Aspen”Hogback Hanna” by Kendra Spaulding of Rifle”Amelia Swinehart” by Milly Judson of Steamboat Springs”Pigture Perfect” by Lana McCleary of Breckenridge”Rocky Mountain High on the Hog” by Linda Nadel of Montrose “Pigasso” by Holly Jorvig of Dillon”Pigano” by Kathe Fraga of Bainbridge Island, Wash. “Angel’s Hog Heaven” by Wewer Keohane of Glenwood Springs “Pigarri” by John Evans, John Beaumont, Harry Bentzler, Sandra Irvine and Steve Runia of SiltFollowing their Hotel Colorado debut, the Alpine Swines will be on display at Alpine Banks and at regional community events. All the swines will be auctioned off online beginning this September. To RSVP for Wednesday’s reception, call Sue Lagiglia-Corsentino at 384-3249. To RSVP for Wednesday’s reception, call Sue Lagiglia-Corsentino at 384-3249.
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