Bringing the arts to life and making them accessible to residents and visitors is a key priority for the Town of Silverthorne, and we are proud to host several public art exhibits throughout the year.
From contemporary murals to abstract sculpture, and mixed media installations to hand blown glass pieces, Silverthorne strives to present works that are multicultural, diverse, welcoming, relaxed, natural, creative, progressive, playful, colorful, adventurous and energized. Folks can experience many of these exhibits in and around the recently opened Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, in the heart of downtown.
Silverthorne’s public art exhibits are curated by the Town’s Art Selection Committee (ASC) which is composed of seven volunteers with a passion for the arts. The ASC makes recommendations regarding all permanent and temporary public art installations in Silverthorne and strives to select works that best fulfill the goals of the Silverthorne Arts and Culture Strategic Plan. Most exhibits are temporary and rotate regularly, supporting the vibrant and ever-changing energy in Silverthorne’s public spaces.
Current exhibitors include:
- Harold Linke: Harold Linke has been a commercially successful sculptor for 30 years and has placed well over 1,000 sculptures in public and private collections throughout the world. Based in Colorado, and inspired by energy and connection, Harold’s wispy, swirling, white sculptures in steel, composites or bronze exist to connect people with something higher in their own spirit. On outdoor display at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center through June 2019 are three of Harold’s pieces, including two created from hand-laid carbon fiber composite, “Encore” and “Mountain Spell,” and one cast in bronze, “Spiral Dance.”
- Craig “Corky” Woodring: Corky Woodring’s mixed media art is colorful, resourceful and connected, and consists mostly of objects found near and around his studio in Heeney, Colorado. A conversation with Corky reveals the connection between his works and his thoughts; the glue that binds the two together is his ongoing connection to the spiritual earth. Seven of Corky’s mixed media designs can be found on display in the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center exterior window boxes through April 2019. They include “Roberta” (wood, paint, electrical conduit), “She Who Speaks” (satellite dish, thread, paint), “Soul Shine” (beetle kill, paint), “Sun” (tire chains, paint), “Dragon” (tire scrap cedar wing, paint) and two unnamed works made from beetle kill and paint.
- Joshua Pass: Nederland, Colorado-based sculptor Joshua Pass hails from a family of makers and was the first to venture into the world of fine art. He is inspired by the vast, open spaces and dramatic plane changes of Colorado and informed by the various cultures he has studied. With a passion for visual communication, Joshua started out as a machinist, a field where he learned how to transform metal through the use of various tools. He then took a job with a noted jeweler before developing a love for sculpture. Joshua’s steel, bronze and sandstone creation, “Link,” is on display at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center outdoor stage through November 2019.
- Barbara Baer: Denver-based artist Barbara Baer is both an object–maker and an installation artist, intrigued with spatial design and the interaction of materials with light. Her plastic and metal constructions incorporate rich, translucent color and shifting shadow play to engage and reward perception. Their mood is often playful and curious. Barbara’s polycarbonate sheet and steel rod sculpture, “Riverbank,” is mounted on display in the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center lobby through February 2019.
- Kia Neill: Summit County artist Kia Neill led the community through an interactive photo-sharing art project during the summer of 2018. Residents shared photos of Summit County living through social media via #silverthorneARThunt, and Neill wheat-pasted the images in public locations throughout Silverthorne. Many pastings can still be viewed around town in popular locations such as the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center outdoor stage and Red Buffalo Café patio. A final digital collage of photography was created with the distorted images that were pasted on different surfaces, such as rocks and concrete, as the paper tore, wrinkled and weathered. The photos can be found layered in the final #silverthorneARThunt print, a work that reflects the atmosphere and character of the Summit County experience. The collage, an infused dye-sublimation aluminum print, can be found on rotating display in Silverthorne’s public buildings.
- Mike Graves: A multidisciplinary artist from Denver who focuses on a large range of mediums including paintings, illustrations, murals and art figures, Mike Graves created the colorful and whimsical mural currently on display on the south-facing wall of the Performing Arts Center outdoor stage.
- Celebrate Summit: An exhibit showcasing artists who reside in Summit County, Celebrate Summit presents visual works created by artists who live among the brilliance of Summit County and allows a glimpse into each artist’s own experience in our community.