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A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons celebrates Summit County’s rescuers and winter landscapes, with an opening Jan. 29
Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons that showcases the work of nine local artists. “Wild Winter: Rescue and Reward” kicks off with a free opening at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library.
“The winter season in Summit County presents both risks and great rewards,” Art Forum Program Assistant Leslie Walker said. “We set out to explore that duality in this winter’s Art Forum exhibit with pieces that honor our search-and-rescue community as well as the striking landscapes in which we seek adventure.”
The exhibit features photography of rescue operations, as well as oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings displayed alongside vintage rescue equipment and memorabilia.
Wild Winter will be available for public viewing in the County Commons through late May. Sunday’s exhibit opening is free to the public, and the artists will be present to discuss their work. The event will feature a presentation by Summit County Rescue Group, including tours of a rescue vehicle. Light refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome.
“We’re really excited about this exhibit, as it captures and conveys some of the unique aesthetic and cultural aspects of life in a high-alpine community,” Walker said.
Among the featured artists is Summit County resident Sierra Anderson, who has her roots in “a pretty risky upbringing around commercial fishing in Alaska.” Her love for the outdoors now takes shape in skiing and spending time in the backcountry, and she uses photography to tell the stories of her adventures, which she describes as “emboldening.”
“When you make it to the top of a peak, it really translates into other areas of your life,” Anderson said. “I always feel so small, yet so powerful.”
Other artists featured in Wild Winter include Scott Brockmeier, Cecelia Eidemiller, Joseph Large, Christian Tai Leach, Bill Linfield, Matt Lit, Linda Marr and Bruce Spinney.
For more information about the Summit County Art Forum, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/ArtForum.