Carbondale, Colorado has a rich history of boom/bust cycles associated with the mining industry of the Roaring Fork Valley. Throughout the ups and downs, it has always been a tight-knit community that has a deep value for culture and art. Less than twenty years ago, The Town of Carbondale established the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) to promote all forms of visual art for the benefit of residents and visitors. They are most known for their annual Art aRound Town exhibition - showcasing outdoor sculptures in various locations in town.
Tim Hagman joined the ten-person board of directors a couple years back. “I wanted to support the arts so CPAC is a perfect fit. Through countless donated hours, this powerhouse group of people promote art in general, as well as local artist’s work, by collaborating with public agencies and private individuals. They also work tirelessly to evaluate sites and acquire art for the cultural enhancement of the community. The landscape of Carbondale is dramatically enhanced by our work.”
Hagman serves on the permanent collection committee which helps manage over 20 pieces of art that have been donated to CPAC over the years and are currently on display.
The one full-time contributor is Laurie Lindberg from the Carbondale Public Works. “For the past three years I have had the pleasure of supporting CPAC to move their projects forward – managing the Art aRound Town and permanent collections as well," states Lindberg.
The Art aRound Town exhibition, which launches on the first Friday in June each year, has evolved over the past 8+ years. In 2016 the Colorado Stone Quarries donated marble slabs to serve as sculpture bases which truly elevated the art’s presentation. This year they went high-tech with an application called OtoCast. This smartphone app showcased a map of the 15 sculpture’s locations as well as short audio files from the artists explaining their pieces composition, materials, inspiration and more. Alpine Bank just made a generous contribution that will enable CPAC to build out OtoCast to include the entire permanent collection. Click here to view artists and artwork.
Cheryl Bumgarner has been involved in The Commission’s efforts for the past 3+ years and has served as CPAC’s Chairman for just over a year. As an artist and educator from a small town she brings a wealth of experience and passion to The Commission. “My goal is to see the quality of sculpture build every year in our Art aRound Town exhibit,” states Bumgarner. “The mission of Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) is to bring visual arts to the community for the cultural enhancement and enjoyment of the amazing people in our beloved town of Carbondale. It is such a joy to work on their behalf.”
25% of artwork sales goes directly to support the grown and work of CPAC, but their work wouldn’t be possible without the generous sponsors like Colorado Stone Quarries, Girardi’s Heavy Haul, LLC, Pine’s Stone Co., Christensen Welding, Otocast, Alpine Bank, Town of Carbondale & Board of Trustees andTown of Carbondale Public Works.
If you would like to make a donation to the commission please contact Cheryl at 303-521-4796. For more information click here.