The Rayback Collective Art Park
Wesley Adams • February 5, 2017 • Lifestyle •
Tucked away in the event space of the Rayback Collective’s compound property on Thursday, Jan. 26, was a no cover necessary Art Park of the grassroots variety. Crafts and paintings. Paintings on snowboards. Artistic fabrications made from skis. Ski lift chairs made into cool-looking, more traditional chairs. And, of course, beer.
If you’ve been to Boulder, Colorado’s Rayback Collective then you’re likely familiar with the flexible motif of their events. Plenty of space and a willingness to exercise it in creative ways lends itself to a novel place to spend an afternoon, an evening, or maybe an entire day. So, the enlistment of the Art Park, hosted by Kelsey Huckaby, made for a lovely addition to the amoebic and colorful happenings of the Rayback Collective.
The event started at noon and was generously scheduled to last nine hours, with the last hour of the art marathon ending with some exciting fire spinning in the yard. And by the end of the evening, many artists reported they were pleased with the results of the day. Most expressed gratitude for having that much time to network with not only attendees but with the other participating artists.
“I had no idea what to expect, and it seems like Kelsey did an amazing job marketing to some people who are actually in the market to buy art work…. I think I’m going to be back here because the space is amazing and it seems to be that they want this type of thing going on.” – Nicholas Heilig
Over 30 artists were on display, providing an eclectic collection of unique works. From fiber art to ceramic selections, curator, manager and host, Kelsey managed to weave a digestible and unique blend of crafts and art together. The product sprouted a day-long hub for local artists and art-appreciating members of the Boulder community.
And as the sun fell behind the Foothills, the Art Park benefited from the day’s later hours. Dinner brought many unknowing wanderers who sought to see what was going on in the event space. This particular crowd is a valuable, if not necessary one, to the success of art shows like this. Fire spinners performed in the yard while the night’s live music started up. Art was seen and sold. Connections were made.The Rayback Collective