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.

Local Artist and Architect: Karl Krueger

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 carver: Don Mesuda

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.