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A Stroll Through Art: Discovering Vail Village's Creative Spirit

Kelsey Montague's mural at Vail Transportation Center. It is a colorful mix of stylized flowers and a swing in the middle.

Kelsey Montague's mural at Vail Transportation Center

As you wander the picturesque streets of Vail Village, you'll find yourself immersed in a vibrant tapestry of art and culture. From stunning ice sculptures to thought-provoking murals, the town's commitment to public art is evident at every turn. Let's take a closer look at the artistic gems that await you on your journey through this alpine wonderland.

Art in Public Places (AIPP) Program:

At the heart of Vail's artistic landscape is the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program. This initiative, which is part of the town's broader cultural efforts, aims to enrich the community with diverse and meaningful public art experiences. Recently, the program unveiled a five-year Strategic Plan, signaling an exciting new chapter for art in Vail. Under the direction of a dedicated five-member board, the AIPP program is committed to engaging the public and enhancing the cultural vitality of the town.

17th Annual Vail Winterfest:

If you're visiting Vail in January, don't miss the 17th Annual Vail Winterfest. Located on the Gore Creek Promenade by the International Bridge in Vail Village, this event transforms the town with over 25,000 pounds of expertly carved ice sculptures. Whether you explore the sculptures during the day or marvel at the illuminated display at night, Winterfest offers a captivating experience for all ages. The illuminated sculptures come to life after dusk, enchanting visitors until 10 p.m. each evening.

a night view from ice sculptures lit in different colors in Vail.

Image: ART IN VAIL gallery

Winter Art Walks in Vail:

For a deeper dive into Vail's art scene, consider joining one of the Winter Art Walks. Led by the Town of Vail's Art in Public Places Coordinator, these free tours offer insights into the history of the valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, and the significance of site-specific art. The walks take place on select dates from January to April, starting at 11 a.m. at the Vail Village Welcome Center.

Interactive Art Map:

To navigate Vail's art offerings with ease, be sure to check out the interactive art map provided by Art in Vail. This valuable resource allows you to explore the town's art installations, including some favorites like the Children's Fountain, Red Eddy in Vail Village transportation Center, and The Worst Crew murals across town.

Vail Public Art Murals:

As you wander through Vail Village, keep an eye out for the vibrant murals created by local artists. These murals, featuring the work of artists like Kaitlin Ziesmer, Olive Moya, Pedro Barrios, Jaime Molina (aka @the.worst.crew), Jason T. Graves, Remington Robinson, Kelsey Montague, and Pat Milbery/So-Gnar, Inc., add a colorful and dynamic touch to the town's artistic landscape.

Lyman Whitaker's Wind Sculpture with pink blossomed trees in the background

Lyman Whitaker's Wind Sculpture

Lyman Whitaker's Wind Sculptures:

Among the many artistic highlights of Vail Village are the wind sculptures created by Whitaker Studio. These captivating sculptures add a dynamic and mesmerizing element to the village, responding to the natural movement of the wind with grace and beauty.

As you explore Vail Village's art scene, take the time to immerse yourself in the creativity and talent that define this mountain town. Whether you're admiring ice sculptures, joining a Winter Art Walk, or simply strolling through the village, Vail's artistic spirit is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Enjoy your travels,

Limo to Vail

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