Beaver Creek’s inaugural Hike to the Mic, September 15 – 17, 2017, is a celebration for all the senses, including curated art installations both in Beaver Creek Village and along the hike up to Saturday’s headlining concert at Spruce Saddle. Read on to learn more about some of the featured artists.
Born and bred Vail Valley local, Karl Krueger, received his master of architecture from Yale University in 1998. He brings this architectural sensibility to a wide range of artistic mediums including traditional oil paintings and mixed-media sustainable constructions. If you’ve spent much time in the Valley, you’ve have likely encountered one of Krueger’s designs. Here is just a sampling:
Chainsaw artist Don Mesuda hails from Hopewell Junction, NY. His work is inspired by all aspects of wildlife. He will be creating custom works for Hike to the Mic that will be displayed along Overlook Trail as hikers make their way up to the concert venue.
Mesuda says he finds a spiritual peace in the process of creating his chainsaw art. He came to his craft in 2012 when his last child went off to school and was looking to fill the void of being an empty nester. 11 chainsaws later, he has created a menagerie of woodland creatures as well as Native American inspired pieces. He regularly participates in carving festivals and competitions and, if you’re lucky, you can even catch him giving live demonstrations throughout the weekend. Visit our schedule to learn more.
David Spade didn’t invent sarcasm. But often, maybe too often, it feels like he did. Spade, who unleashes his standup set at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Aug. 11, joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” during the shows early ’90s renascence. The comedian debuted as part of a crop of new talent that included Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and, of course, Chris Farley. Through sketches such as “The Hollywood Minute,” Spade established himself as a master of deadly-sharp sarcasm. But as Spade’s career evolved he proved he wasn’t all cruel wit — see his turn as anti-hero “Joe
By Rachel Walker The first thing you notice about Beaver Creek will probably have nothing to do with the mountain. There are the escalators and heated sidewalks, the ambassadors quick to relieve you of your gear and direct you where you want to go. There’s the European-like village, with crepes and coffee, and a coterie of winter enthusiasts.