There’s a silent appreciate for winter in Colorado. It’s the perfect place for skiers and snowboarders or those who like to sled, make snow angels or build a snowman. Snow doesn’t linger on the roads of Denver, which makes driving easier, but stays fresh up in the mountains. So what better way to show appreciation than the two week winter-inspired event known as Something Independent’s Art of Winter.
What started off as the public complement to the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show, Art of Winter has blossomed into a two-week run of open-to-the public, snow-inspired arts and programs.
Art of Winter has become an extremely educational two-week event for snow-enthusiasts and newbies and it is open to all ages.
From January 24th to February 8th, Denver’s historic Larimer Square and the Denver Theater District will feature Colorado’s top makers, designers and creators in various exhibits, panels and events, which includes one-of-a-kind art, recycling programs, art installations, workshops and so much more.
The majority of Art of Winter exhibits, events and panels are FREE and open to the general public. Please check the schedule for complete details and updates.
Ongoing exhibits include:
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Makers Showcase
Hosted at Row14 Bistro & Wine Bar, the latest products & designs from Colorado’s boutique ski & snowboard companies will be featured at the restaurant including Icelantic Skis, Grace Skis, Never Summer Snowboards, Venture Snowboards and more!
Upcycled Ski & Snowboard Gallery
A gallery of upcycled snowboards featuring snow-themed art from local artists. All skis and snowboards provided by the Snow Sports Recycling Program (SSRP).
Snow Sports Recycling Program (SSRP) Installation at the SIA Snow Show
Snow Sports Recycling Program (SSRP) is North America’s leading organization in the efforts to recover and recycle no longer in-use ski and snowboard equipment. Come see the exhibition booth built from recycled skis, snowboards, boots, bindings and poles at the Colorado Convention Center. Denver-based Condit Exhibits has designed and built this piece of installation art that is both educational and inspirational.
Art of Winter Opening Party with Denver Art Museum’s Culturehaus
Kick off Denver’s 4th Annual Art of Winter Festival with a free Svedka cocktail happy hour hosted by the new Tryst Lounge on January 24, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Jennifer Mosquera, curator of Larimer Square‘s Upcycled Ski & Snowboard Outdoor Gallery, will provide a short walking tour featuring themed art from 16 local artists presented on re-purposed skis and snowboards.
Skiing in the City: An Urban Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Demo Day
A lunchtime affair at Skyline Park on January 31st from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., this is a great event for kids or a good time to take a break from work and find out about urban winter recreation options in Colorado. On-the-snow component allows anyone to try skiing or show shoeing!
RAD: 80′S Ski Party
Party like it’s the eighties at 16th Street Mellow Mushroom‘s 3rd annual 80′s Ski Party! On February 1st at 8:00 p.m., dress in your best 80′s skiwear and enjoy drink specials, 80′s music and Summer Snow Shave Ice snow cones served out of an authentic ski gondola on the patio! Prizes for best outfit and many snow sports giveaways.
Tip & Tinker: Art of Winter Edition
E-textiles is the exciting, inventive method of blending electronics with fashion and style and you get to have hands-on experience by making a beanie hat at this special workshops. For a low price of $30, you’ll learn about the special, conductive thread that has the ability to control electricity and how it embeds electric circuits into fabric. Event is happening on February 4th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dumb and Dumber 20th Anniversary Screening and After-Party
On February 5th, wind down with screening of Dumb and Dumber at the Sie Film Center and party it up at the The Annual Snow Owl Benefit in Sie Film Center’s lounge. For $15, film starts at 7:30 p.m. and party begins at 9:15 p.m.
Art of Winter 2014 Closing Party
Finally, click here to learn about their panels, which includes Colorado’s Women of Winter, Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow Book Tour and Reception and Snow Sport & Design: An Aiga Colorado Conversation.
WHEN: January 24th – February 8th
Various Locations. Click here to find out where events and exhibits are held.