WeldWerks Brewing Company joins downtown Greeley’s craft beer scene

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 8.55.37 AMLive music, a food truck and, of course, craft beer are just a few of the things Greeley residents can expect from WeldWerks Brewing Co., the newest addition to 8th Avenue and downtown Greeley.

WeldWerks, 508 8th Ave., is down the street from Patrick’s Irish Pub, 907 8th Ave., and Brix Taphouse and Brewery, 813 8th St., but rather than bringing competition, owners Neil Fisher and Colin Jones plan to bring camaraderie to the downtown area.

Although the brewery has been in the works since last summer, it officially opened Feb. 20. There will be a grand opening Saturday, March 7th with live music and food…Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.59.42 PM

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune 

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Greeley Chamber recognizes Colette Pitcher

Congratulations to GCD Board member Colette Pitcher!!  Here is an excerpt from the Greeley Tribune today:

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 5.33.06 PM  Colette Pitcher calls the newfound focus on the arts in Greeley a “renaissance of arts awareness.”

Pitcher opened Showcase Art Center, 1335 8th Ave., to fill a gap when a community arts center closed in Greeley in the early 1990s.

For her efforts, Pitcher found her way into the winner’s circle Thursday night in the Greeley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Pitcher and several other award winners were recognized at the Island Grove Events Center.

With the arts becoming more and more scarce in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Pitcher said it wasn’t always easy to own Showcase, but she always knew art was her calling.

“There’s a fate that drives my life and it keeps saying, ‘No, you will be an artist and nothing else,’ ” she said.

Pitcher said she thinks that the importance of the arts was lost for a short time, but that the industry is making a comeback nationwide.

Read the full story here:

http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/15095988-113/greeley-chamber-recognizes-colette-pitcher

So much to do in the Greeley Creative District!!

Greeley Downtown just posted their events newsletter, which includes activities in all of the GCD. Absolutely amazing how much is going on in the next couple of weeks. Food, craft beer, art, shopping, theatre, concerts – the list just goes on and on!  Check it out – get all the details here: http://www.greeleydowntown.com/blog/news/downtown-greeley-happenings-february-2-2015

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Colorado Ranked #1 For Participation in Visual and Performance Arts

Greeley Unexpected blogger Bryan Bean just shared this great information:

It’s no surprise to many of us that live Colorado that a recent survey ranked our state number-one for participation in the arts. A ranking like that shows that there is not just one or two cities showcasing creativity, but cities all over the state. Greeley is certainly doing its share to help add to the vibrant arts scene that Colorado has to offer.

The National Endowment for the Arts conducted the nation’s largest survey of public participation in the arts to discover what kinds of art forms and activities people actually engage with. The Denver Post reports that the survey results put Colorado well-ahead of most other states in participation; with 52% of adults in Colorado attending live performance arts events and 59.2% attending visual arts events. (Both of those are more than 14% above the national average.) The Post also reported the staggering fact that Coloradans attend classical concerts, dance performances and nonmusical plays nearly twice the rate of the average American!

The top three states for adult attendance of performance arts were:

  1. Colorado 52%
  2. North Dakota 51%
  3. Maryland 48%

Read Bryan’s whole article here:

http://www.greeleyunexpected.com/blog/colorado-ranked-1-participation-visual-and-performance-arts#.VMcrYChnIZM.facebook

Works of art teachers on display in the Creative District

Like many in his field, Jeff Stone leads a double life.

The art teacher at Valley High School in Gilcrest has worked for many years as a freelance graphic artist, designing logos and even illustrating books and graphic novels. It’s a balance he and many art educators often struggle to maintain among their dual professions.

Stone’s own works of art are on display this month at the Tointon Gallery at the Union Colony Civic Center as part of the gallery’s “Spark of Inspiration” exhibit. The exhibit features the work of 24 Weld County art teachers who teach kids from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The exhibit was put together by Ed Rogers, chairman of the City of Greeley Art Commission and Stone’s elementary school art teacher, to remind the community of the unique role art educators play in the classroom and the art community.

“I think the show validates a little bit what we do in class, too,” Stone said. “The kids get to see there’s art teachers that are really producing things and not just making a lesson plan to get through the day.”

“Spark of Inspiration: The Role of Artists as Teachers” features the works of 24 Weld County art educators. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Feb. 14 at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Ave. in Greeley.

Read More in the Greeley Tribune

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Dinosaurs arrive in Greeley for a Jurassic Quest

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A handful of dinosaurs must have escaped that fateful meteor, at-least that’s what it seemed like Saturday in Greeley.

The life-like model dinosaurs, which came in many shapes and sizes, made themselves at home in Island Grove Regional Park for Jurassic Quest.

The exhibit, which displayed over 50 dinosaurs, many of which were animatronic, and some which were able to be ridden, drew about 6,000 people over the course of the first day. This weekend alone, Chris Arnold, operations coordinator, said the event was expected to draw a total of 10,000 people.

Read the whole story and see the Video in two Greeley Tribune articles:

Prehistoric Paradise  and Jurassic Quest

Downtown Success Spurs Growth in the Creative District

A cultural rebirth of Greeley’s downtown core is happening before our very eyes, according to downtown and city officials.

Becky Safarik, the assistant city manager, said that she calls this time a “downtown renaissance,” because the downtown, which is a big part of Greeley’s history, is being revitalized and remembered after many years of sitting in the shadows.

“It has ignited the spark that allowed private individuals and businesses to reinvest in the downtown and rediscover the downtown area,” she said. “And the destinations are so distinctive you only find them in the downtown.”

As it stands, there are only three spots left for businesses to locate downtown, a huge turning point in an area that years ago could barely sustain a new business for two years.

Read the full story in the Greeley Tribune

Art Trees Grow in the Creative District

Greeley’s Uptown Tree project is off to a great start–the city will dedicate the first 10 trees Nov. 15th at 10am by the Showcase Art Center on the corner of 8th Avenue and 14th Street. These trees aren’t planted. They’re created by local artists. Most of the artists will be there to show off their works and talk about their ideas. Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.24.57 PM

Kim Synder, the city’s public art coordinator, got the idea from a San Diego conference that highlighted the city’s similar “urban” trees. She put out a call to artists and got 20 proposals. They accepted 10 of them. The artists got $10,000 a piece, and the project was funded by the city’s One Percent for Art Program.

That may seem like a good chunk of change, and it is, but many of the artists spent months, and a sizable portion of their commission, on their trees, Snyder said. Pete Niehoff, a Greeley artist who also works in the University of Northern Colorado’s art department, said his tree took him almost six months to build around his job. Niehoff is just starting to make a name for himself. He also shoots — he won the best black and white photo in the Tribune’s 2013 “Click” contest — and paints.

His tree was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” and Niehoff acknowledges the nod to the children’s classic by calling his tree “awareness” to emphasize the book’s powerful environmental message.

The project is far from over. Snyder plans to add five trees next year as the city continues to remodel 8th Avenue. The number of trees depends on how far the city goes with 8th Avenue. She’ll install five trees per remodeled block, and the city has the money for one block next year. There could be as many as 30 in the next four years. All of them will be designed and installed by local and regional artists. Snyder will put out a notice in December…

from the Greeley Tribune  see more photos in the Tribune story

Greeley Creative District’s Agri-Culture Fest & Feast Wins State Tourism Award

The AgriCulture Fest and Feast held in Greeley in August  received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. The award was presented to event representatives at a dinner held October 30 during the 2014 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference in Westminster. This highly competitive award was one of only six awards presented that evening.

The Outstanding Initiative Award acknowledges an activity, event, or project undertaken by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado. The newly created AgriCULTURE Fest and Feast is collaboration between the Greeley Creative District, The Tribune and the Greeley Downtown Development Authority. The steering committee also included representatives from The City of Greeley, The Greeley Farmer’s Market, The University of Northern Colorado, members of the agricultural and culinary arts community, and more.

“This is an outstanding example of the spirit & the core of the Greeley community.  The timing of this event was ideal for aligning shared goals & visions of the DDA, GCD & The Tribune.  It is an honor to stand side by side by as partners with Greeley elevated as an example to our state that is full of amazing tourism experiences,” said Emily V Tilton, Event Producer with The Tribune. “Connecting the community in a collaborative production focused on the roots & the growing strengths of the people of Greeley resulted in a diverse experience shared by neighbors from across the county.  Recognition for celebrating who we are as a community speaks volumes to our original goals. The spirit of AgriCulture Fest and Feast is still alive and will continue to grow with each new season.”

Emily Tilton, Alison Hamling and Michelle Kempema

As a celebration of Greeley and Weld County’s agricultural roots and heritage, the daytime segment featured a petting zoo, tractor show, gardening and growing demonstrations, hay wagon rides, a history and heritage area, and booths representing many ag producers such as Northern Colorado Feed and Bean, Grant Farms, The Water Conservancy, 4 Rivers Equipment, and many more. The Tribune’s Event Producer, Emily V Tilton, spearheaded the efforts of the daytime festivities, while the Greeley Creative District organized the evening’s ticketed dinner for 250 attendees.

Throughout the day, visitors enjoyed entertainment from “The Green Bean Boys,”  “The Tumbleyweeds”, “Colorado Rose”,  “Merry Mixers Square Dancers,” and chamber players from the Greeley Philharmonic, among others.

The evening event was a ticketed sit-down dinner for 250 people and served as a fundraiser for the Creative District. Close to 100% of the food was procured from Weld County producers. Including 295 pounds of New York Strip steak from JBS Swift, Seven local chefs showed off their culinary skills with each preparing one or two courses. The dinner was served family, or “harvest” style in a “farm to table” like setting, but in an urban environment under the twinkling lights of the 8th St. plaza in downtown Greeley.

“We are extremely proud and honored to have received such a prestigious award for an event that is basically in its infancy” said Alison Hamling of the Greeley Creative District and the DDA. “our collaborative efforts and the way we celebrated our local growers and agricultural history made it so special and unique.”

For more information please contact Alison Hamling at 970-356-6775 or Emily Tilton at (970) 392-4450

or email alison@greeleydowntown.com  etilton@greeleytribune.com & follow AgriCultureFest on FaceBook