Inaugural Solstice Fest rises in Alpine

By on June 17, 2014

Jennifer Seeley

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – A thriving art community doesn’t come to mind when you think of Alpine – population 818 – but Marko Marino hopes to help change that with the inaugural Alpine Solstice Festival, held during the longest days of 2014, starting Thursday.

Happening concurrently with Alpine Mountain Days, which features live music, cultural and culinary offerings and mountain-inspired activities, the four-day art festival is Marino’s attempt to coalesce genuine artists “who have real passion and make art because they are compelled to,” Marino said. “I am striving to bring an expanded consciousness with the type of artists I am soliciting. This is not about high dollar, big name prestige, it is about connection to the soul – something intrinsic to everyone.”

Original, handmade fine art will be for sale in the form of paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics, fiber and leatherwork Friday, Saturday and Sunday. An artist reception is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

By hosting a genuine swath of creative folk from around the region, Marino says he hopes to appeal to a certain type of festivalgoer, too. “I want to attract a spiritual-minded crowd,” he said. While that statement may be interpreted in a few different ways, it seems Marino hopes that the Alpine Solstice Fest will draw people who harbor appreciation for their natural surroundings, much like Marino does for the Alpine area.

What Marino designates as “a time of robust growth and high activity,” the summer solstice promises long, light-soaked days with the sun rising before 6:30 a.m. and the last glint of light waning at 10:30 p.m.

Marino says that with the Alpine Solstice Festival he hopes to create something special and lasting for a place he loves to live. In fact he is already considering next year’s offerings, such as plein air events and locals hosting artists in their homes.

“I really want to try and build the art community in Alpine,” he said.

Alpine Solstice Festival, Thursday through Sunday on the Nordic Inn lawn, 1 Colonial Lane, Alpine.

About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Planet Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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