If a city’s cultural health can be judged by its artistic endeavors, then Castle Rock is in fine shape. It may be a small-town community of approximately 45,000, but Castle Rock is brimming with all the cultural experiences you would find in much larger cities like Denver or Colorado Springs.
Theater and Music
For example, the Castle Rock Players offer high-quality community theater productions, a thriving youth theater program, dinner theaters, murder mysteries and theater classes, while the Castle Rock Orchestra presents musical concerts of 20th-century styles such as Impressionism, Americana, pops and film music.
The city's Public Art Commission helps keep the city's visual arts scene vibrant with a master plan that calls for public art at each gateway to Castle Rock, in addition to colorful art displays that dot the town.
A stunning $70,000 bronze statue at the Craig & Gould entry to the city at Fifth and Gilbert streets honors the historical nature of that area. Cooling the Dogs, by sculptor Craig Bergsgaard, depicts a horse standing alongside a seated cowboy shaking out his boot.
At the north entrance ramp to Castle Rock, a five-piece sculpture and signage create an exciting gateway to the city. The sculpture is 16 feet tall with lights on the inside‚ so it glows at night. It is made of perforated aluminum‚ with rhyolite stone at the base and lettering in brushed aluminum.
Rhyolite is native to the Castle Rock area and is used in many of the community’s buildings‚ as well as in The Keystone to the Castle sculpture (near the intersection of Wilcox and Interstate 25)‚ which the Public Art Commission also was instrumental in establishing. The Keystone is a series of five arches set at different angles‚ and the top of the tallest arch has a rhyolite stone set in it.
Art Exhibits and Events
The Greater Castle Rock Art Guild helps keep the downtown area alive with creativity. Thanks to the efforts of the member organization, the city has become known as the "Left Bank of Colorado," much like the Left Bank near the Louvre in Paris, France. GCRAG promotes a variety of juried art exhibits and art-related events at downtown locations throughout the year.
And two major Castle Rock festivals draw residents and visitors together in celebration of the important cultural entities, art and wine.
A tradition for more than 20 years, Castle Rock Art Fest, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations, happens downtown in September and draws more than 25,000 visitors. The festival showcases the artwork of artists from all over the country and includes live entertainment, a Children’s Imagination Zone, food vendors, locally brewed beer and more.
In July, Castle Rock hosts its annual WineFest celebration, which brings together Colorado’s top wineries for wine seminars, tastings and demonstrations. The event also includes vendors, entertainment and food from local restaurants.
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