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July 2015
31
July
5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival

Crested Butte, Colorado, is home to one of the nation’s top arts festivals. Now in its 43rd year, the Crested Butte Arts Festival features incredible art, fantastic cuisine, exhilarating entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities and an art auction. There’s something for everyone at the Festival, where surrounding beauty, artistic talent, and appreciative patrons merge for one, glorious weekend. The Crested Butte Arts Festival produces an annual, nationally recognized Festival presenting a broad spectrum of the arts, whose proceeds perpetuate the…

31
July
5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Gypsy Jazz Social Club

Built from guitarist Les Choy’s desire to create a string-band based jazz ensemble, GYPSY JAZZ SOCIAL CLUB draws from a roster of versatile musicians inhabiting Colorado’s western slope. Gypsy Jazz is the accepted moniker for a genre of music that was all but single-handedly developed by Django Reinhardt, a visionary gypsy guitar player of Belgian descent who successfully integrated American jazz, traditional gypsy melodies, popular tunes from the 1920’s to modern times, and a respectable selection of original compositions. Mysterious…

August 2015
01
August
10:30 am — 11:30 am
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Rachel Harvey~ Plein Air Painting Demonstration ~ Booth 167

A demonstration of an en plein air oil landscape. Popularized in the 19th century Plein Air painters work with natural light and focus on reproducing the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

01
August
12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
@ The Gypsy Lounge
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Roma Ransom

Roma Ransom is an acoustic duet performing in a unique style. Their playing echos a vintage world style, eclectic and original. They have been performing together for the past 3 years, from venues such as art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars, to nursing homes, weddings, and 4 diamond hotels.

01
August
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Barbara Holloway ~ Loom Weaving Demonstration ~ Booth 134

A live demonstration of the techniques used in the art of hand weaving.

01
August
1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Matt Skinner Band

The Matt Skinner Band is a 4-piece alt-country/ roots-rock band headquartered in the Northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado. Lead by veteran singer-songwriter Matt Skinner, the group brings its ferocious, high energy brand of original, rock-infused country music to the stage night after night after night.

01
August
1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Dennis Rhoades ~ Pastel Landscape Painting ~ Booth 36

Using a photographic reference the artist will create a 16” x 20” work on Uart paper using the medium of oil pastels.

01
August
2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Young Ancients

Young Ancients unites three renowned performers—John Magnie (accordion, keyboard, vocals), Cary Morin (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), and Steve Amedée (drums, percussion, vocals)—whose musical roots intertwine in an inspired blend of blues, folk-rock, soul, gospel, Native Americana, and New Orleans R&B. Fusing three remarkable musicians’ signature styles, Young Ancients’ sound features rich vocal harmonies and unexpected instrumentation—soulful accordion, maverick percussion, and deft fingerstyle guitar. This alchemical collaboration combines an acoustic earthiness, brilliant musicianship, and a dynamic, ragged edge—a singular feat of…

01
August
3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Kay Cummins ~ Found Object Jewelry Making Demonstration ~ Booth 64

A demonstration of cutting or modifying, attachment  and finishing the found pieces that become jewelry in the artist hand. The artist will demonstrate the work and discuss the challenges in converting found objects into art.  Patrons will be able to touch and feel the work.

01
August
5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
@ The Gypsy Lounge
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Cocktails and Canvas in collaboration with the Center for the Arts

Join in an evening of creativity and fun with a guided painting under the tent on Elk Avenue! If you have always wanted to paint, but don’t know where to begin, or if you are looking to brush up on your creative skills, this is the workshop for you! Melissa will lead participants through an experience that proves anyone can create a beautiful painting. No painting or drawing experience is required, as the workshop is guided, and Melissa leads the…

02
August
9:00 am — 2:00 pm
@ Art Studio of the Center for the Arts
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Leather Engraving: Custom Bound Photo Album~ in collaboration with the Center for the Arts

Using leather photo album covers, Inga will lead students through the engraving process step-by-step. Students will begin by pre-soaking their leather and pre-drawing their chosen designs and images on transfer paper. They will then transfer their images onto their leather photo album covers and begin the process of cutting the leather. Inga will then demonstrate how to make images pop into 3-dimensions during the tooling process. Once the tooling is complete and the leather dry, Inga will lead the group…

02
August
10:30 am — 11:30 am
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Kathy Ross ~ Paper Mache Sculpture Demonstration ~ Booth 164

Wet and gooey, a demonstration of the armatures made to support paper mache sculpture, paired with selection of entertaining and strange materials/found objects that are used by the artist in the process of her work. The demonstration will result in a completed piece.  

02
August
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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BJ Dollahite ~ Watercolor Collage Demonstration ~ Booth 106

Using under painting, torn hand made papers and brushing on detail to the canvas the artist will demonstrate the layering technique used to produce a water color collage.

02
August
1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Jack Charney ~ Clay Sculpture Demonstration ~ Booth 47

A demonstration of hand building and other sculpting techniques using clay to produce a sculpted form.

02
August
2:00 pm — 3:30 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Ragged Union

Ragged Union is a six-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band, performing original tunes and off-the-beaten-path standards, with a focus on the duet singing of husband-and-wife pair Geoff and Christina Union. Award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, uptempo arrangements and edgy, outsider songwriting are the marks of their style. Influences include Red Allen, Danny Paisley, John Hartford, Danny Barnes, Alan Munde, Jesse McReynolds, and Vassar Clements, with a side of Texas and a healthy dose of the blues. Geoff and Christina formed…

02
August
3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
@ The 43rd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Kimbre Woods ~ Gum Bichromate Photographic Print Demonstration ~ Booth 71

A traditional 19th-century multi-layered photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of dichromates which produces monochromatic and nostalgic photographic prints.

02
August
3:30 pm — 5:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Dr. Robert

Not your everyday Beatles tribute band, Doctor Robert marks a new generation of tribute bands, bringing a thoroughly modern sound and feel to the Fab Four’s classics. The band is quickly becoming respected for its extended, high-energy sets including everything from “Please Please Me” to “Abbey Road,” and because no two shows are ever the same. Dressed in mod-Beatles circa 1964, Doctor Robert relishes the challenge of recreating even the most demanding musical compositions in a live setting, often improvising…

August 2016
05
August
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Mr. Kneel in collaboration with the Crested Butte Library

The Crested Butte Library’s Summer Reading Program grand finale! Mr. Kneel, formerly known as The Littleague, has a mission to create positive, informative and self-esteem building music for children. Music with an educational and developmentally appropriate message that educators and parents will embrace, but so good that kids will want to listen to it again and again. Mr Kneel creates inspired original Hip-Hop music which assists educators and parents in promoting children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Mr Kneel also…

05
August
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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The Blue Canyon Boys

Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out amongst the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak,…

05
August
5:00 pm — 5:30 pm
@ The 45th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Dance Collective Aerial Dance @ Medieval Go Go

A beautiful way to open the Crested Butte Arts Festival! Come see aerial dancers perform on the art installation “Medieval Go Go” at 5th and Elk. This is the embodiment of art growing community as the Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte Dance Collective and independent artists come together in one art collaboration!

05
August
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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The Blue Canyon Boys

Every once in a while a band comes along that stands out amongst the crowded fields of the bluegrass world. The Blue Canyon Boys, a premier bluegrass band of the Rocky Mountain West, are one of those bands. Winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass festival band contest, the Blue Canyon Boys have gone on to perform across the country and were selected to represent the United States and bluegrass music at the 14th annual Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak,…

05
August
8:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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The Crested Butte Library Outdoor Movie Series Presents: Cool Runnings

Kick off the Crested Butte Library Outdoor Movie Series at the Crested Butte Arts Festival! Celebrating all things 2016 Summer Olympics we are excited to show Cool Runnings~ a movie about the first Jamaican bobsled team. Fun for the whole family!  

06
August
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Melody Pond

Melody Pond is an acoustic Americana duo from Fayetteville Arkansas. Candy Lee and Emily Rowland have a been singing together for almost a decade, perfecting their tight, seamless harmonies. Their sound ranges from fun and powerful to honest and tender. Rooted in the earthiness of folk, Melody Pond keeps it fresh by merging modern indie influences with throwback moods of funk and blues, and jazz inspired vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday and The Boswell Sisters. The duo has been compared…

06
August
12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
@ The Gypsy Lounge
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Roma Ransom

Roma Ransom is an acoustic duet performing in a unique style. Their playing echos a vintage world style, eclectic and original. They have been performing together for the past 3 years, from venues such as art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars, to nursing homes, weddings, and 4 diamond hotels.

06
August
12:00 pm — 12:15 pm
@ The Gypsy Lounge
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Emerging Artist “Nature of Inspiration” Unveiling

Our emerging artist program is an annual collaboration between the Crested Butte Arts Festival and Western State Colorado University. 2016 marks the first year we have a collaboration of artists working to produce an installation piece for the 44th CB Arts Festival. We are pleased introduce Rachel Bender, Miranda Mesch and Kenna Allen. Come see the completed art piece and learn about its creation!

06
August
1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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Tallgrass

Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, enemy of the owl – Tallgrass sings songs of happiness and sorrow. This trio brings gravel road vocals, quick-picked guitar, and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. While they’ve got a banjo, it isn’t bluegrass- influenced by old-timey sounds while digging through new-timey notes, they write and perform homemade auditory originals. Three-part harmonies backed by drums, bass, guitar, and banjo sit on music’s front porch, ready to play. Brothers Adam and Austin Morford…

06
August
2:30 pm — 5:00 pm
@ The Ragged Mountain Stage
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The Long Run

The Long Run, “Colorado’s Tribute to The Eagles” was born from 5 of the busiest musicians on Colorado’s Front Range. Laden with 4 and 5 part harmonies, they reproduce the Eagles’ hits with an organic 70’s sound, accurate lead guitarists, multi-instrumentalists, and a lead-singing drummer. The Long Run have played many of Denver’s major festivals, including playing at Budweiser Event Center and Coors Field, Headlined Casinos and Fairs in UT, WY, and New Mexico, and appeared live on ‘The Deuce’…

06
August
3:00 pm — 3:30 pm
@ The 45th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival
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Dance Collective Aerial Dance @ Medieval Go Go

Don’t miss the aerial dancers performing on Medieval Go Go~ this is the last performance! Come see aerial dancers perform on the art installation “Medieval Go Go” at 5th and Elk. This is the embodiment of art growing community as the Crested Butte Arts Festival, Crested Butte Dance Collective and independent artists come together in one art collaboration!

07
August
12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
@ The Gypsy Lounge
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Ryan Flores

As a teenager, Ryan Flores discovered that music was his primary form of sustenance. He has evolved into a wildly talented independent musician with a flair for Balkan Vamp, Spanish Guitar and meticulous rhythms.  His sonorous voice and exceptional skill on guitar have kept him constantly on tour in Colorado and beyond.    

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