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Imagine This! For The Love Of The Arts This Weekend

Follow Your HeART’S Desire and Enjoy Family Fun in Estes Park This Saturday, February 21, 2009

Everyone is invited to join the arts community of Estes Park for an all-day program that provides arts experiences which are both fun and educational and are designed to teach young people an appreciation for the arts. Children can visit various booths and “see it,” “hear it” and “do it,” taking away both hand made treasures and fabulous learning experiences. Live musical entertainment will be provided. A Silent Bid Auction with high quality artwork and merchandise donated by local merchants will also be on-going, and proceeds from the sale will benefit educational programs of the Cultural Arts Council in 2009.

The 17th annual Imagine This! includes a potpourri of creative experiences at the single largest indoor arts extravaganza in Estes Park each year. Although geared primarily for children, audiences of all ages can enjoy the day’s offerings, which include visual art, music, and much more. A program with a festival layout will be provided, and each booth will be identified with a number and sign. It is also a wonderful way for the community and visitors to become acquainted with the Estes Park arts scene, and the many components that make our town so culturally vibrant.

“It’s a wonderful way for families to let their creative energies blossom in the spacious Commons Area at the Estes Park High School,” explains arts council director Lynda Vogel. Imagine This! was formed when the Cultural Arts Council was young in 1992.

At the time, there was no event of its kind in the Estes Valley. Local arts organizations came together at the high school for a meeting, and the concept was born. Bob Aiken came up with the name, and from that day forward, Imagine This! has captured the hearts and minds of young people from our own community to the front range and beyond. This year’s theme, For the Love of the Arts, captures the excitement and joy of creativity by seeing it, doing it and being it. For those of us who have been involved in the event for over 16 years, it never ceases to amaze us how much children love to create and experience the arts. You do not have to be a child to participate. Adults as well as children can experience the arts and all of the wonderful offerings individual artists, musicians and local non-profit groups share with the public at Imagine This!”

IT! Hands-on Activities in the Commons Area (All activities are included in the $1 admission, unless noted with *)
1. IT! Poster Display-Five winners and 200 entries on display throughout the Commons Area
2. Recycled Creativity-Nancy Johnson/Lifelong Learning of Estes Valley-Kids create wonderful things from found objects
3. Making Masks-Tess Moore and the ARTS CORPS KIDS-Faux fur, glitter, feathers and string come alive
4. Caricatures *-Tim Buck/The Local Herd
5. Painting Fun!-Dennis Reinke-Children have the opportunity to work with artist Reinke
6. Café IT!- Relax & enjoy the festival
7. Nature Craft /Rocky Mountain National Park-Mark DeGregorio- Children learn more about nature
8. Painting Wildlife/Artist Demonstration-Robert Salo/Society of Animal Artists-Artist Robert Salo will paint wild animals
9. 60s Stick On- Kate Rusch /Estes Park Museum-Static decals are used in a 1960s theme art project
10. Beads! Beads! Beads!/Art Center of Estes Park-Vickie M. Cody-Make your own jewelry with colorful beads
11. 10,000 K’NEX/Loveland Museum & Gallery-What could you build with 10,000 K’NEX?
12. Play a Stringed Instrument!-Lloyd Scott/Chamber Music Society of EP-Try your hand at playing the violin, cello and more
13. Fish Pond-Win a Mystery Prize! * -Arts Council Volunteers/ARTS CORPS KIDS
14. & 15. Celtic Coloring & Percussion Instruments-Robert Keep & Shannon McGlothlen/Highland Music & Minstrel’s Gifts- Persons of all ages can try their hand at all sorts of things that make noise
16. Face Painting-Wm. Sitting Bull/ARTS CORPS KIDS-Unlimited designs and imagination come alive
17. Arts Council Information & Membership-Learn more about the CAC and its programs
18. ART And The Animal Tour/Name the CAC Cougar-Chris Grabish-Come see what we are wild about!
19. Secret Studio-Mystery Art Project-ARTS CORPS KIDS-This booth has a sign “No parents allowed”
21. Exploring Sound Through the Piano/Joyful Noisemakers-Piano Studio-Jeanne Zukowski-Where kids explore in making their own music on the piano
22. Band Boosters Food Concession-Proceeds benefit fundraising efforts for new band uniforms
23. Silent Bid Auction/Really Cool Stuff! Over 50 items donated by local businesses, artists and organizations. Proceeds benefit the CAC community programs in 2009.  Auction starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends promptly at 3:30 p.m.
IT! Performances on the Commons Stage
11:00 a.m.  Riverside Ramblers – Dixieland style jazz
12:10 p.m. Poster Competition Awards
12:30 p.m. Lee Jones-Chapman stick
1:30 p.m. Elk Hollow-Jack Overly and Gary Reeves
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Open Stage – Community showcase open to anyone who would like to perform

For more information about Imagine This! call 970-586-9203 or e-mail:
The Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and foster the arts in the greater Estes Valley.

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