Recent ground-breaking on an ambitious new Crested Butte Center for the Arts led us to the curious question of :
How a historic little mining town at 8,800ft in the Elk mountains of Colorado became the thriving arts community of today?
This question has initiated a research project to:
Since May 2017, we have been working on an umbrella project that collects, preserves, shares and honors the history of art in the Crested Butte Valley. Through research, we are discovering art objects and identifying individuals whose oral and written histories collectively tell the story of how the past has shaped our creative community of today. Acquiring and preserving these concrete examples of our community’s history will build a resource for future generations.
In our initial stages of research into the Hayden and Powell USGS Surveys of 1873 & 1885 I was amazed to find dozens of fantastic drawings, etchings and photographs of Crested Butte and the surrounding mountains by William Henry Holmes, Thomas Moran, JG Smithwick , George Mellen, Frank Dean and William Henry Jackson. In 1873 on the same expedition as the one that would climb and record the Mount of the Holy Cross the Hayden expedition traversed across the area that would become known as the towns of Crested Butte and Gothic and recorded their journey in numerous sketches and photographs.
CONTRIBUTE: Help Us Tell the History of Art in Crested Butte!
SHARE A PIECE OF ART, STORY or ARTIST:
Do you have a piece of art or story you would like to see included in our exhibition or timeline?
Fill out our online submission form here (Coming Soon), or
Download a mail in submission form here.
USE OUR ONLINE CRESTED BUTTE HISTORY TIMELINE:
Explore CB’s history timeline by clicking on the TIMELINE tab or by clicking here.