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Bill Snider 
Solo Show

Art + Soul is proud to present the first solo show by Boulder artist, Bill Snider.  A Fine Arts Graduate of CU with a major in kinetic sculpture, then a then a filmmaker for 30 years, Bill describes his current work as “falling somewhere between painting and sculpture.”

Working in non-traditional media such as house paint and car wax, Bill applies the paint in splatters, drips, and layers that are repeatedly sanded through, then built up, revealing colors, shapes, and textures.  The addition of graphic elements such as circles, numbers, or letters, add contrast to the softer areas.  It’s this juxtaposition of the solid with the elastic that brings a sense of dynamic energy to the work that harkens back to his early fascination with movement.

Bill’s show at Art + Soul, located at 1615 Pearl Street, runs July 22nd through September 6th. Opening reception with the artist is July 22nd from 5-8pm.  Please visit for more information.

Breckenridge International 
Festival of Arts

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts returns august 12–21, 2016. Highlights include L’Homme Cirque, Maya Beiser, Calexico, and The Moth Mainstage with Colorado premieres by John Luther Adams, Elizabeth Streb, Close-Act Theatre, Tasha Lewis and more.

From a human cannonball and 18-foot stilt-walking dinosaurs to public radio storytellers and swarms of colorful butterflies, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment.

Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town. Tickets for festival events go on sale on Monday, June 13 and may be purchased in person at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office at 150 W. Adams Avenue, by phone at 970.547.3100 or online at

Parks & Open Space Director Ron Stewart announces his retirement

Boulder County Parks & Open Space Director Ron Stewart has announced his intentions to retire in early September. His decision comes after 39 years serving in various capacities with Boulder County Government: five years as a Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee member, 20 years as a County Commissioner, and 17 years as the Director of Parks & Open Space.

Over his long tenure of public service, Stewart, 67, has been a leader in preserving open space and in negotiating innovative land use policies in Boulder County. Under his leadership, more than 100,000 acres of land have been protected from future development in perpetuity.

“I have enjoyed enormously my work with Boulder County, and I am grateful to the residents here for their support of the county open space program,” said Stewart. “At a time when unbridled development remains rampant across the country, it is comforting to know that our work to protect significant land from development provides lasting benefit to our generation and future generations.”

Stewart’s last official day with Boulder County is expected to be Friday, September 9. A national search will be conducted to fill the commissioner-appointed department head position.

Boulder police ticketing kids for good behavior

The Boulder Police Department recently teamed up with Boulder Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate good behavior through a new program called Boulder Stars.

Officers are issuing ‘stars’ to children (ages 3–18) caught in the act of doing something good. Appropriate “offenses” include but are not limited to helping another person, wearing bicycle helmets, observing crosswalk rules and participating in a positive activity in the community. A Boulder Star can be redeemed for one free day pass to any of the city’s recreation centers, pools or the Boulder Reservoir. A parent or guardian can accompany a child under the age of 12 at no cost.

“The Boulder Star’s Program was developed as a way for our officers to connect with younger members in our community in a non-law enforcement situation and establish rapport,” said Police Chief Greg Testa.

Though the reasons for being “ticketed” may vary, the end result is the same for every youngster; a fun day of recreation and a smile.