2016 Art Programs

Free, Family-Friendly & Festive Events to celebrate the Holidays in Vail
Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places Winter Events

Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased to announce our signature winter events including the Vail Paper Lantern Project, Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater presented by Vicki and Kent Logan and the Winter Wednesday Art Walks.


Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 Event


Libations & Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - @ 4pm - 6pm - $10

Vail Recreation District Community Programming Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center.
Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on creating your own paper lantern. This lively evening will include complimentary light snacks, holiday music, and wine and beer available for purchase to enjoy while painting your unique lantern to bring to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on Wednesday, December 21st.


Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 Events


Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert

December 21 @ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Vail Public Library

Create your paper lantern at a free workshop in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. Bring your paper lantern to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Vail Village following the workshop. Complimentary LED lights for your lanterns will be provided to those participating in the lantern walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.

Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and guests to come together as a community to share holiday spirit and goodwill during this magical time of year. We invite you to build your own paper lantern or participate in a workshop, so you can join the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village on December 21st.


Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade

December 21 @ 5:00 – Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge

Falling upon the winter solstice, enjoy this artful community celebration of light. Participants in the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk will meet at the Covered Bridge for the festive procession through Vail Village led by a very special guest and friends. Arrive early in Slifer Square to decorate a holiday cookie before the walk 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. sponsored by Holidaze in Vail. The short jolly procession through Vail Village will include music, as we wind our way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the opening celebration of the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater presented by Vicki and Kent Logan.


Grand Opening Celebration of Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater

Presented by Vicki and Kent Logan

December 21 @ 5:15 – Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village

Join the merriment as the community is invited to celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater returning to Vail this winter season. The Vail Winterfest Ice Theater was conceived and introduced by Art in Public Places during the 2012-2013 winter season to celebrate Vail’s 50th anniversary. Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin, will bring back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice. Lounge in oversized ice chairs while enjoying the scenic Gore Creek during the day and film projections on a screen created in ice in the evening. The Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Feel free to dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character from this holiday classic. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts!


Wednesday Art Walks


Winter Wednesday Art Walks

January 4 through April 5, 2017 @ 3:30 p.m.
First & Third Wednesdays of the Month

Meet at the Vail Village Welcome Center

Enjoy a free one hour public art tour of Vail on the first and third Wednesdays of the month starting January 4th through April 5th. Meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Vail Village Information Center on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure. The tour winds its way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art. The town of Vail’s public art collection includes over 47 works of art. For a virtual tour of the collection visit the new interactive collection map.

A printed map of the Town of Vail’s public art collection map is available at the Vail Village and Lionshead Welcome Centers. The map not only features 36 works of art in a walkable area of Vail Village and Lionshead, but it also includes the public art beyond town center to explore. Over 30 works of art in the Town of Vail’s collection are created by Colorado artists. Tours are subject to cancellation. Contact Molly Eppard, AIPP Coordinator for more information at meppard@vailgov.com or 970.479.2344.

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