Art Programs

Art at the Amphitheater in Ford Park with Alpine Arts Center

First & Third Thursday of each month @ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the amphitheater
Through September 21st

Create your own work of art in the unique setting of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at these popular group classes. Now partnering with the Town of Vail, the classes are offered at a discounted rate of $20 per person. To view class descriptions and register in advance visit or call 970.926.2732.


Ben Roth Environmental Installation

West Meadow Drive east of the Vail Public Library

Ben Roth, artist of the acclaimed beetle-killed lodgepole pine installation Singing Trees 2010, returns to Vail this summer to create another temporary environmental installation. Working with felled diseased spruce trees, the installation will capture the raw beauty of nature. His creations engage the viewer with their curious sense of design and space. A native of Colorado, Roth currently resides in Jackson, WY. Look for events to take place during the installation on


Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Making with the Alpine Arts Center

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
@ 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Vail Recreation District Community Programming
Second Floor of Lionshead Welcome Center, $10 fee
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 creating your unique lantern.
RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.


Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert

Friday, December 22, 2017
@ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Vail Public Library, free.
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 immediately following the workshop.
RSVP: or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party.

Holiday Lantern Walk in Vail Village to the Gore Creek Promenade

@ 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. - Slifer Square, Vail Village by the Covered Bridge, free.
Walk begins at 5:00 p.m.
Complimentary LED lights for your lantern & other treats distributed before walk.
Falling upon the winter solstice, enjoy this joyful community gathering and celebration of light. The short jolly procession through Vail Village will include illuminated lanterns and live music, as we wind our way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the opening celebration of the Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.
The paper lantern work shops and lantern walk is generously sponsored by Doe Browning.

Grand Opening Celebration of Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater

Presented by Vicki and Kent Logan in memory of Lou Meskimen
@ 5:15 – Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village, free.
Join the merriment as the community is invited to celebrate the coolest outdoor ice theater. Art in Public Places with ice sculptor Paul Wertin/Alpine Ice, will bring back the popular free and family friendly cinematic experience in ice again this winter season. 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 Vail Winterfest Ice Theater will feature favorite holiday cartoon How the Grinch Stole  Christmas (1966) at the opening celebration. Projection begins daily at dusk until 10:00 p.m. and will be on view until the ice melts!

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Information about the Paper Lantern Workshops, Holiday Lantern Walk, and the Eleventh Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater may be found on or contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator / 970-479-2344.

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