06/19/2013
The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) is pleased kick-off their summer programming in collaboration with the Vail Arts Festival.  Open daily June 28 – 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Vail Arts Festival is the perfect venue to participate and learn more about AIPP. This summer, AIPP presents a wide range of activities, programs, and exhibitions highlighting summertime sports and recreation through the visual arts. 
 
Street Art at Vail Skate Park
Throughout the Vail Arts Festival weekend, visit the top level of the Lionshead Parking Structure to experience “Street Art” at the Vail Skate Park. Four accomplished artists have been invited to create murals in the street art genre to be placed on the exterior of the skate park. This public art project is not only intended to visually enhance the skate park, but to provide a means for the public to experience the evolution of street art in a professional capacity through the use of materials and expression. Each mural will be a vibrant addition to our world class community and enjoyable for all ages. The four local artists invited by AIPP to create the murals are Michael Friedberg, Prent Milhoan, William Thompson, and Shen.
 
Participate in a Street Art Mural
Artist Michael Friedberg invites the community to help complete his mural for the Vail Skate Park. Find Michael and AIPP at the Vail Arts Festival on Sunday, June 30 at noon to contribute your best Jackson Pollack to his mural.
 
Meet Renowned Graffiti Artist Shen
A new resident to the Vail Valley, Shen is a self taught artist in PopGraffitiRealism. Having tagged, "ShenShen210" in the mid-eighties, she was the very first female graffiti artist in the San Francisco Bay Area when the graffiti art movement was just beginning on the west coast.  A legend in the graffiti art community, her works have been exhibited through such venues as the San Jose Museum of Art, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and The Triton Museum of Art, as well as galleries nationwide. Meet Shen at the Vail Arts Festival where she will be demonstrating some of the techniques she has mastered in painting throughout her expansive career.
 
Children’s mural painting
Young artists are invited to help paint a mural project to decorate the construction fence at the new playground in Lionshead during the Vail Arts Festival. This mural project, designed with popular mural painter Natalie de Stephano, will be one of the many activities which will highlight recreation through the visual arts this summer.
 
AIPP banner bags
Giving new life to old vinyl AIPP event banners, we have repurposed the banners into bags with the help of Mission Wear. Mission Wear is a Denver based non-profit sewing business that hires and trains women with obstacles to employment. The bags will be sold while supplies last at the main booth of the Vail Arts Festival to benefit future AIPP programs.
 
 
To learn more about AIPP visit www.artinvail.com or contact AIPP Coordinator Molly Eppard meppard@vailgov.com
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