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Take a walk on the wild side

Published August 31, 2020

Have you heard? First Fridays are now a walking affair.

In August, Silverthorne turned to a new “canvas” to showcase local art and artisans: The Blue River Trail. With art stations and live musicians positioned at various locations along the scenic path, August’s First Friday proved so popular the Town will host First Friday as an “event on the go” once again in September.

“This is a unique way to give everyone access to public art during a strange time,” explains Sydney Schwab, Arts and Culture Manager for the Town of Silverthorne. “We saw August’s First Friday as a great opportunity to bring the community together while physically distancing and being safe. We were happy to receive such positive feedback from this event concept, and look forward to presenting it again this Friday.” 

All are welcome at September’s First Friday, which invites guests to engage with local artists and experience performances live and “on the go,” including music by John Truscelli trio, the Mud Season Duet, a harp and oboe duo from Janet Harriman and Shane Werts, guitar soloist Mike Woodward, Rocky Mountain Brass and cellist Russick Smith. Artists that will be demonstrating their mediums live during the event include painters and a ceramic artist throwing mugs on her pottery wheel. Mercado La Perla will serve free tacos, adding delicious spice and yet another sensory layer to the evening.

In addition, a new mural will be on display during the event, including an interactive opportunity for youth to contribute. 

Shannon Galpin, the street art activist responsible for the murals that have popped up on the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center and throughout Summit County this summer is at it again, this time with her daughter Devon Galpin Clarke at her side and a new, but equally important message, focusing on wildlife extinction and climate change.

The mother daughter duo will be working on their mural, which will feature a full color butterfly migration in motion amidst other large scale wildlife, in the pedestrian underpass between Chipotle and the Outlets at Silverthorne. The goal of the installation is to engage curiosity through art and connect viewers with a message of environmental stewardship, increasing overall awareness of endangered species. 

First Friday guests are encouraged to watch these artists as they put their Endangered Activism vision into reality. Youth are invited to join in and contribute to the mural, with guidance from Shannon and Devon, during the event. Once complete, the mural will span the entire east side of the wall.

Guests inspired by the event may support Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, the featured nonprofit for Silverthorne’s September First Friday. The organization will have a booth and donation bucket at the event, and will be educating guests on fire safety in the wilderness.

About the artists

The Endangered Activism project was co-founded by Devon Galpin Clarke and Shannon Galpin to raise awareness of wildlife extinction and climate change through the voice of youth activism. 

Their work has involved field research in multiple countries to create a documentary about local solutions to global problems, which is in production as a short film.

Devon also co-created a graphic novel, The Rosette, which is currently in the final stages of pre-production. The novel is about a young girl and her snow leopard mentor who learns she must fulfill a prophecy to save the world from the sixth extinction. 

Their ongoing collaboration of global street art installations started in Paris and has since been featured in Denver and around the world. Learn more about the project here or follow along on Instagram at @endangered_activism. 

Planning to attend Silverthorne’s September First Friday? We look forward to welcoming you. Please help us keep First Fridays and our community safe by wearing a mask (a limited quantity of disposable ones will be available if you forget yours) and by practicing physical distancing.