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Leadville News – June 13

Worst Fears Ignited with Buffalo Fire

Buffalo Mountain_Wildfire_Leadville TodayWith upwards of 1400 residents still under evacuation orders this morning from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, residents in the Leadville’s neighboring county had their biggest fears ignited Tuesday afternoon when a wildfire broke out on the iconic Buffalo Mountain located just off I-70. Fortunately, as of Wednesday, June 13 there have been no reports of injury or death, and no structures have been lost. All hail the mighty firefighters and first responders! For the most up-to-the minute information, readers can access the Summit County Government’s Emergency Services Blog: HERE

Arts Coalition’s Summer Series Starts Friday

This knight-in-shining-armor sculpture stands watch over his fortress on Elm Street in Leadville Today. As the snow melts away, new pieces of art are appearing in yards

It’s hard to beat the natural beauty surrounding Leadville Today. With Colorado’s two highest peaks as its backdrop, and the headwaters of the Arkansas River providing the creative energy that flows through America’s highest city this time of year, the artistic magnificence provided by Mother Nature’s easel is unmatched.

But it’s exactly these scenic surroundings that provide the inspiration for many Leadville artists, whether it’s a painting, a recently installed mural or a new sculpture that appears with the spring thaw. There’s no doubt about it, Leadvillites are patrons of the arts. And the Leadville Arts Coalition’s 3-2-1 Fridays Summer Artist Series, demonstrates that affection by providing a vehicle for art-lovers to show their support of artisans through collective admiration, as well as fundraising. So be sure to put these dates on your summer calendar and then come,  join the fun!Leadville Arts Coalition Summer Art series.jpg

Wood-Working Kicks Off Summer Artist Series

When you think about it, moving to a remote mountain community like Leadville, must have been something during its Pioneer era. It wasn’t like you were moving to a place with a fully developed infrastructure, where you could easily get your hands on all the essentials of day. Those hardy pioneers had to be self-reliant, and that meant taking everything they needed with them. Or perhaps more importantly, taking  the tools they needed to make everything they needed.

They had to build their own houses, and the furniture to go in them. But when you look at the intricate gingerbread work on any grand Leadville Victorian, it’s easy to see that some of those builder’s talents went far beyond the trusses and timbers. They were also accomplished artisans when it came to creating something beautiful with the leftovers.

And it’s just the type of woody craftsmanship that art lovers can find at the kick-off event for the 3-2-1 Fridays – Summer Artist Series,  this Friday, June 15. The public is invited to join other patrons of the pulp as they gather at Harperrose Studios to celebrate artist Doc Dave Watson and his unique wood turnings.  An amazing wood worker, Doc Watson “loves making and fixing things.”  He picked up wood turning six years ago, after a friend introduced him to the art. His specialty includes segmented bowls that he turns and glues together in rings.  Each ring can take hours to put together, depending upon its intricacy. 

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Doc Dave Watson shows his award winning wood turning at Harperrose Studios. He brought home a blue ribbon from the Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo. Photo: Leadville Arts Coalition.

An Air Force veteran and former family doctor, Watson and his wife spend their summers in Leadville, and their winters in Florida.  In Florida, he finds different discarded woods, such as mahogany and monkey pod. He just hauls it to his shop and starts creating.  Working with cabinet makers, Watson gets their scrap wood to add to his works’ unique looks.  

Two of Watson’s award-winning turnings are displayed at Harperrose Studios.  One is a first place bowl from the Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo, and the other is a Florida State Fair first place winner, a lidded bowl that features a finial on top.  Both works are unique in their detail and artistry.  

In addition to these award winners, Watson’s work includes more bowls, pepper grinders, vases, wine glasses, and wine stoppers.  One unique piece he has prepared for the show is a wall mesquite wood wall hanging with inlaid turquoise. Perhaps Watson will discover some native Leadville woods to add to his collection!

Relatively new to wood turning, Watson has been “making things” for years.  Among some of his accomplishments, he built a useable kayak, a Steen Skybolt aerobatic airplane and a Shelby Cobra. Always creative, he worked with metal sculpture and watercolor before he “wandered into wood turning.” 

Join Doc Dave Watson at Harperrose Studios to see him at work and learn more about his artistry.  Enjoy light refreshments on this third Friday in June: Number 3 in the 321 series.  The Leadville Arts Coalition plans to serve wine, with donations going to a future public arts project. Harperrose Studio is located at the corner of 6th Street and historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.

A whimsical pink bicycle beckons art lovers into Harperrose Studios, Gallery and Goods on 6th and Historic Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville. Photo: Ann Stanek


Latest News – July 11

Glass Artist Featured for 321 FRIDAY

By Sue Jewell, Leadville Arts Collation

The next presentation in the 321 FRIDAY series sponsored by the Leadville Arts Coalition and Harperrose Studios will be this Friday, July 14.

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Artist Robert Burch works his magic with glass and fire; see him do it in person for 321 Friday at Harperrose Studios. Photo: Leadville Arts Coalition

This Friday features the talents of Robert Burch, a glass artist. Burch will bring his mobile glass shop to Harperrose at 601 Harrison Avenue, to demonstrate hand blown glass, between 4-8 p.m.. This event marks the second Friday for this summer artist series, and many local businesses are jumping onboard to make this an avenue evening to celebrate the arts.

Glass blowing since he was 16, Robert Burch built his skills with several master glass artists including Tadashi Torii in Georgia, and Martin Blank in Seattle.  There he worked for Chihuly, Inc. Now Burch considers himself an independent freelancer, and his glass work is exhibited internationally.

Presently Burch spends his time between Carbondale and Salida, but he travels to North Carolina every year to create his glass pieces at a special shop that runs off methane from a landfill. 

“It’s the only eco-friendly glass shop in the country,” comments Burch, and “I spend about two months there, creating glass.”  Then he returns to Colorado to work on the finishing, mounting, and shipping, as well as traveling, exhibiting, lecturing, and participating in art walks. 

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Glass Art by Robert Burch.

Burch said, “I am excited to be a part of the art walk scene in Leadville.”  He has family connections in the Leadville area, and he enjoys the rock climbing and skate park here.  It’s part of his philosophy to give back to the community.

Recently Burch has been working with glass and metal, an unusual and challenging combination of materials. During his 321 FRIDAY demonstration he will be blowing cups and small vases, as his mobile shop is only outfitted for small glass production.  Several of his unique integrated pieces are on display inside Harperrose Studios.  To learn more about Robert Burch his works, and upcoming events, investigate his website.

Movies In The Park Continues Friday

The Leadville Community Movie Night series continues with its 2017 season this Friday, July 14  with Disney’s “Big Hero 6”  (PG).

“Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. BH6_Team_TransparentWhen a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends— adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Bring home Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters — it’s fun for the whole family!

All movies in the park are FREE and begin at dusk, which is generally about 8 p.m-ish this time of year.  The film will be preceded by lawn games, sports, and picnics starting at 6 p.m. 


Some concessions will be available to purchase, and grills are located at Ice Palace Park, so bring some seating, dinner, Frisbees, and your friends. Dinosaur costumes highly encouraged! Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance).

The rest of the Leadville Community Movie Nights will play every other Friday night from then. So mark the calendar for July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25 and the season wraps up on September 8. Stayed connected to what’s playing on the Leadville Community Movie Night Facebook Page and pass the popcorn! 

This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s how you can help this great community event: INFO.

Culpepper Circus In Town This Friday and Saturday

Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen, and direct your attention to the center ring! The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Leadville this Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15!


The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Leadville this Friday and Saturday.

That’s right, the big top is going up in America’s Highest City on Friday, July 14, as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus comes to town for four 90-minute shows.

Performances begin at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lake County Rodeo Grounds Parking lot, at McWethy & 6th Street. Saturday’s showtimes are at 2 & 4 p.m. at the same location.

Circus-goers can expect to see such magnificent acts as Miss Simone and her breathtaking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud  “Big & Little” prancing ponies , The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles and let’s not forget the one-and-only Miss Georgia who will be “displaying flexibility  to the extreme – for the first time.”


Everybody lends a hand when the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Big Top comes to Leadville this Friday & Saturday

Along with the shows, people are invited to come out to the rodeo grounds at 9 a.m. to watch the raising of the big top and take a free tour of the circus grounds. The circus is being sponsored by Leadville Lions Club.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens 65 and older and children age 2 to 12. They are available at Peoples Bank, Centennial Real Estate and Saturday’s Discount. Ticket prices go up to $13 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children on the day of the show. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.

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Locals can watch the raising of the big top with Mt. Elbert looming in the background. Then take a free tour of the circus grounds on Friday morning, July 14. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell