Great Turnout for Celebration of Art and Culture in Montrose
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo.- Once a year the residents of Montrose flock downtown to see the best of the visual, performing and culinary arts that the community has to offer.
The Public Art Experience's Celebration of Art and Culture gives the community a passport to all of the art galleries and shops in town.
"It's a good feeling to see people come out and enjoy our gala," said Bob Brown, owner of Around the Corner Gallery.
Many vendors teamed up with the gallery owners to give guests a complete experience with wines, spirits, food and atmosphere.
"It gives them a reason to take their time and kind of browse and not just be in and out. You've got the wine so they start with the wine tasting. There's music so they can have a glass of wine and listen to the music," said Yesenia Duncan, co-owner of A+Y Design Gallery.
The event also gives downtown Montrose an added economic boost.
"It's really great to bring people downtown and, by gosh, when they come downtown they tend to buy things once in a while, so we're really happy with that," said Brown.
After giving the community a chance to peruse all the current downtown statues, PAX recognized the People's Choice: Artist of the Year as Ella Marolf for "Can I Keep Him?" which was the name of her sculpture.
"You think of [Montrose] as a rather small town, but they are bringing this culture to town which I think is really marvelous," said Pam Dixon, a Montrose resident.
"It just makes you realize that art is everywhere," said Sheri Crittendon, a Montrose resident.
"To be able to walk downtown and understand that art is really a quality of life experience and I am thrilled our community is showing this kind of support," said Linda Gann, also a Montrose resident.
That's what it's all about for PAX, which says the event was very successful.
"We sold a lot of tickets in advance and we were even surprised at the amount we were selling in advance and then we've had a steady flow all night long," said Jill Myers, chairperson for PAX.
All proceeds from the event's ticket sales go toward the Public Art Experience, which will help them buy more sculptures to place around downtown.