By Chrystal DeCoster
Waltzing through the town of Lyons this past weekend were arts - two three, music - two three, and film - two three.
This annual Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) sponsored event is ever morphing thanks to the constant quick steps of artistic efforts, volunteer energies, community response, and granted support from such entities as the Lyons Community Foundation.
Choreographed by Ellen Hine, who made certain that there was something for everyone, the events boasted an array of local talent in
venues all over town. Art Walk Weekend publicity and promotions were crafted by a clever and generous Jessica Kutumbos from Hiku Graphics Studio.
The newest Town Hall Art Show themed “Confetti” kicked things off Friday night. Attending the beaming reception of approximately forty new colorful compositions were an ebbing and flowing crowd of one hundred people of all ages, who seemed to enjoy the refreshments and music provided by the newly formed Black Fox Stringband featuring Kate Kerr, Pam Browning, Birdi Smock, and Lyn Mead.
The First Annual Lyons Film Festival followed with a great turn out to take in the collection of world-class films amalgamated by Sally Van Meter. The subject matter took viewers from such places as Appalachia to Cusco, Peru with themes ranging from musical musings to an animated western. The close quarters and curbed airflow made it ever apparent that a library/community center is certainly warranted for such popular and eclectic showcases in Lyons’ future.
Concurrent with the Town Hall events was a Mayama open house, plus at Ferg’s Inn, an open studio of amazing quilted creations by ‘Comma Workshop, and a fresh two-person art show and workshop by Jacob Leeuwenburgh and Kahlie Sue Pinello.
On Saturday artists and arts happenings were sprinkled throughout Lyons in front of shops and at studios, such as that of Coco Gordon’s, each designated by blue flags and festivity. Jewelers Leslie Maya Charles and Nancy Krause, and painters Ruth Wilson, Birdi Smock, and Mimi Elmore were showcased at Lyons Mercantile. Laurie Miller’s quilts were a visual treat at the Montessori school. The Garden Club sold fairy garden creations outside Hines’ busy ReRuns store. The Tiny Flea provided dynamite vintage finds by Maggie. Music by such maestros as Mintze Wu and face painting masterpieces streamed down Main Street.
The Redstone Museum, another LCF grant recipient, was open to the public as was the Corner Studios, where demonstrations were presented. The Longmont Spellbinders and Lyons Community Theatre presented storytelling, Lyons Dairy Bar held a kids’ art show, and The Stone Cup and Kitchen welcomed viewers to Tisha Woods’ art exhibit.
More artistic fancy footwork brought scores of workers to the Clarifier Project, down to Lyons Yoga and Wellness for Death Café, over to the Community Church for Emilyn Inglis’ student recital, and later to the Lyons Fork restaurant to hear Inglis’ trio perform on the patio and see Bob Maynard’s photography inside.
Sunday afternoon’s culminating Walk Around Lyons with Artists gathered a group of approximately thirty to stroll from sculpture to sculpture on the main streets of Lyons. Anne O’Brien, Chair of the LAHC, which oversees the judicious selection and installation of the now nearly twenty pieces of public art, introduced the various artists in attendance and invited them to discuss their work along the way.
It was a whirlwind weekend of art, which like a waltz, beautifully revolved all over the dance floor of Lyons.