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Fiber Focus Week
Rocky Mountain Folk School is thrilled to announce their first annual Fiber Focus Week, taking place from September 22 to October 5, 2024. This exciting event offers a range of engaging fiber arts classes, including Primitive Rug Hooking, Botanical Dyeing, and Woven Wall Hanging. It's a unique opportunity to explore various aspects of the fiber arts world.
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Ice Sculpture Instructional Class
This is a fun class with hands-on instruction provided by the team at Colorado Ice Works. Attendees will receive a clear block of ice, some hand tools (sorry, no chainsaws!) and reference material. Each class is approximately 2 hours long. Each attendee will have around 1.5 hours of actual sculpting time. Clear ice is a fascinating medium to sculpt. It is surprisingly soft to sculpt. Chisels and hand tools cut through it like a hot knife through butter. Like a perfectly cut diamond, clear ice reflects and refracts light with each bend, detail line or contour that is made.
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Intro to How Handmade Western Boots are Made
The Rocky Mountain Folk School's leatherworking event on June 29th was a transformative experience. Led by Jim Brainard of J.B. Custom Leather, attendees explored the intricate art of handmade western boots, from measuring feet to mastering sewing machines. This workshop, supported by Colorado Creative Industries, highlighted the essence of traditional craftsmanship and provided a rare opportunity to learn and preserve this beautiful skill. Click the button to hear an insightful conversation on KFFR with Jim Brainard and Gillian Butler about this remarkable event.
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Welcome to the Grand Lake Creative District, where nature’s splendor and artistic ingenuity converge to create a haven of inspiration and expression. Nestled in the heart of pristine landscapes and framed by the majestic Rocky Mountains, our district stands as a testament to the harmonious relationship between creativity and the great outdoors.

At the Grand Lake Creative District, we envision a Grand Lake that not only captivates with its natural beauty but also thrives as a flourishing hub for the arts. Our dream is to foster a community where the arts take center stage, seamlessly blending with the breathtaking surroundings to craft an unparalleled tapestry of experiences. As we set our sights on the horizon, we are committed to nurturing Grand Lake’s identity as a champion and incubator for artistic innovation, where imagination knows no bounds.

Together with esteemed partners like the Grand Arts Council, Grand County Library District, Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, Rocky Mountain Folk School, Troublesome Fest, Grand Lake Area Historical Society, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School, we’ve woven a vibrant cultural fabric that envelops both locals and visitors in a world where art, culture, and nature intertwine. From captivating performances at the Repertory Theatre to the intimate workshops offered by the Wooden Boat School, every brushstroke and melody echoes the essence of our surroundings.

Join us in celebrating a thriving year-round community that embraces family-friendly creative encounters amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Grand Lake. As you wander through our district, you’ll discover a symphony of colors, stories, and experiences that reflect the very essence of life in this enchanting corner of the world. Welcome to the Grand Lake Creative District, where nature’s canvas meets the artist’s touch in a harmonious dance of creativity and wonder.