Ridgway Moonwalk - Art and Culture in Southwest Colorado
Local artists on display by the light of the moon in the San Juan Mountains!
When the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts joined forces to develop the first Moonwalk, the question of whether this would become a monthly adventure was an unspoken one. Now, with over twelve full moons successfully explored, it seems the Ridgway Moonwalk is here to stay.
And why not? In 2012, the Ridgway Creative District was formed of a group pf volunteers working toward goals set forth by Governor Hickenlloper for economic development; the goal was to grow and nurture creative industries in our community.
With so very many talented artists in the area, it is not hard to believe in the success of their efforts. The monthly moon walk, which focuses on a specific form of creativity every month, not only allows one to explore many different artists, but also the shops and restaurants of the area.
The group gathers in the early evening, then travels from one spot to another, viewing artists works, while warming up from the walk in shops along the way.
This month, on January 17, 2014, the focus is on creative businesses in the Industrial District of Ridgway.
The Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters is a prime example of ingenuity and expression. Participants will gather at 602 N Cora St, where in addition to viewing the works of local artist and crafter Joyce Withrow, they will be able to explore the intricacies of coffee roasting, an art for in and of itself.
Everyone knows that when the sun goes down in Southwest Colorado, it gets cold quickly, so this walkable event makes a point of keeping everything very close.
Just a short walk from the Exotic Earth, experience the works of Kellie Day, as she displays her work in Bennett Forgeworks at 669 N. Cora Street. Bennet Forgeworks specializes in custom metalworks for the home, from railings to light fixtures. Explore the forge and see how it's done!
Right next door, at San Juan Huts System, at 770 N. Cora Street, Diane Rickey will be displaying her talent for all to see. The San Juan Hut System takes their creativity outside. Developing a variety of trails for the outdoor explorer, these knowledgeable guides focus on the beauty of the Southwest, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Of course, there will likely be work exhibited by a variety of artists as participants explore the many displays in each of the shops.
Every month, the Moonwalk will focus on a variety of expressions, always a pleasant interlude into what makes this small community such an interesting and diverse place to visit.
Walking with friends old and new on an exploration of creativity through art is an ideal way to spend an evening!
Once you have experienced the Moonwalk, it is just a short drive on the Million Dollar Highway to a cozy retreat at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Soak away the chill in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs, then relax to a movie from our extensive video library, enjoying a comfortable rest.
In the morning, explore the majestic San Juans. From scenic drives, to ice climbing, to just spending a day relaxing, let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the perfect escape!
See you soon!