by Rebecca Susan Ofstedahl
Need something to do after all the pow turns? Experience true Crested Butte culture with the Artwalk on Thursday, Jan. 31st. Stroll through the galleries of downtown and experience the unique and diverse expressions of local artists!
There are many local artists in our valley spanning the creativity spectrum from painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and some art that just can’t be defined. In an environment of such inspiring beauty, it is no surprise that artists are drawn here. Many have multiple jobs, posing as carpenters, retailers, teachers, tradesmen, etc. but their hearts are full of the love of art. And when they can, they create. There are also artists who have successfully made art their full-time job, squeaking by during the off-season while earning most of their annual income during the summer and winter holidays. Some might say it is not easy, but these artists stay because they love this valley and the valley loves them back.
During the boom-time of the summer, artists can be found exhibiting their work in one of the many galleries in the valley, on the streets during the AWEfests and Farmer’s Market selling their work, teaching workshops and giving lectures, or out in the beauty creating their art. A great way to be involved in the local art events is to be a member of the Artists of the West Elks (AWE).
The Artists of the West Elks (AWE) is a non-profit organization that unites artists, art lovers and the greater community. We support novice, emerging and professional artists and promote visual arts in the West Elk region through education, events and artistic excellence.
The organization is currently undergoing some major changes all for the betterment of the community and the artist. One of these changes includes offering a FREE membership to artists and art lovers to keep our art community engaged and united.
The Artists of the West Elks (AWE) sponsors the Artwalk every last Thursday of the month in the Winter and Summer seasons. The Artwalk includes 12 of our local galleries on or just off Elk Ave. celebrating art from 5-8pm. The Artists of the West Elks (AWE) features 8 local artists and CB Community School students in the inAWE Gallery at 326 Elk Ave.
Members Show at the GAC
About the Blogger: Rebecca Susan Ofstedahl is the owner of Third Eye Photography, a bi-coastal, award-winning studio specializing in Crested Butte Wedding Photography, Portraiture and Fine Art. Third Eye Photography offers a unique and creative approach to photography in Crested Butte, creating moments that last a lifetime.