Third Friday Art Walk features Columbine artists

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Downtown Woodland Park is the place to be April 19 when 15 businesses become galleries for artists from Columbine Elementary School. A collaboration of the Woodland Park Arts Alliance, the commercial sector and the school, the 3rd Friday Art Walk reflects a sense of community in the city above the clouds.

Ralph Holloway, founder and chairman of the alliance, spearheads the exhibit that has evolved into one of the most popular events of the year. With the opening performance at 3:15 p.m. at Midland Station (formerly Bergstrom Arena), in addition to an awards ceremony, the Columbine exhibit offers children a chance to shine.

Of 134 pieces entered, 26 were selected as the top winners and represent each grade in the school. To add to the community participation, the 26 pieces were matted and framed by Jeff and Miriam LeBold, who volunteered their time and talent. “To us, the framing is not work, it's about sharing our passion about art,” said Miriam LeBold.

After the ceremony, the art walk proceeds from 4 to 7 p.m. in all of the businesses, most of them offering wine tastings as well: Flutterbys and Party Bugs, Studio West, Cowbells, The Cowhand, Seven Arrows Gallery, Aureus Jewelry, Curves and Vintage Vines, The Cellar Door, Windows of Heaven, Brenda's Boutique, Ascend Home Realty, Casey's Dog House Grill, Joanie's Deli, Williams Log Furniture and the Dinosaur Resource Center. The works will be displayed through May 3.

During the evening, the youthful artists will be on hand to talk about their works and sign autographs.