Downtown Salida, June 27-29
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The scenic Rocky Mountain town of Salida, nicknamed the Biggest Little Art Town in Colorado, presents its 22nd annual ArtWalk this month. The event unfolds in the historic downtown area sprinkled with not only art galleries but cafés, boutiques, and artists’ studios. Among the participating galleries in this year’s event are Gallery 150, which is well known for its eclectic mix of traditional and abstract art as well as artist-designed jewelry, and Brodeur Studio Gallery, which features expressionistic paintings by owner Paulette Brodeur. Also opening its doors to visitors is The Green Cat, a gallery that presents works by artists and owners Joe and Steph Brady. Joe creates wood furniture and stone sculptures while Steph turns her creative talents to glass works as well as colorful, often whimsical, paintings in oil, pastel, and acrylics.
During the ArtWalk, many of the artists are on hand to both demonstrate and discuss their creations. Visitors also can expect to see artworks by Charles Frizzell, Carl Ortman, and Joshua Been. Been’s studio is located in the lobby of the historic Palace Hotel, where he often sets up his easel in the front window. A popular highlight of the event is the silent auction, featuring miniature masterpieces—small, original works donated by area artists. The bidding for the miniatures opens on Friday, June 27, with a reception at the Salida SteamPlant Annex and continues through Saturday, June 28.
Meanwhile, other businesses throughout town also get involved. “Most of the restaurants host artists and display their work,” says Steph Brady. “We have at least 15 cafés that are absolutely wonderful—some being noted in the New York Times. People travel from all over just to come for the art and to wine and dine.”
There are also concerts, street performances, and entertainment for the whole family, such as horse-drawn wagon rides and a chance to watch the stilt-walkers from the Salida Circus troupe. For nature lovers, the town also offers natural attractions, including fishing, hiking, bicycling, and rafting on the Arkansas River, which winds through the charming hamlet. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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