Sunday, February 18, 2018


Drop-Ins and Paint Pottery

Alpine Arts Center offers Drop-In Studio Use & Art Supplies for all ages. Stop by anytime during regular business hours for art activities such as painting, crafts, sculpture, clay handbuilding, pottery wheel, and mixed-media.   A per person usage fee of $12 for 2 hours will be charged, plus materials.  

For a full list of our drop-in options, pricing & demos you can click here.


Drop-In Hours: 

Tuesday through Saturday: 11am-6pm 

Sunday & Monday: 12pm-5pm

(other times by appointment, plus extended holiday and summer hours) 

 Art Supplies

  • We now sell a selection of art supplies including brushes, canvas, paints, drawing sets, pastels & more! 
  • If we do not have what you want you can also put in a supply order through us and we will order it for you.  (We order supplies at the end of every month through 

art supplies

Popular Drop-ins Options:

  • Young artists: masks, model magic, scratch art, foil tooling, etc. (between $3-$5 materials plus the $12 drop-in fee)
  • Canvas painting (between $5 - $15 materials plus the $12 drop-in fee)
  • Clay handbuilding & wheel (materials calculated based on weight of clay plus the $12 drop-in fee)
  • Drawing/Charcoal/Pastels ($3 materials plus the $12 drop-in fee)
  • Paint Pottery (see below for details)

Paint Pottery:

Alpine Arts Center also has a full selection of Paint Your Own Pottery!  Come in to paint cups, plates, vases, figurines, picture frames, platters, and more.  When you are finished with your masterpieces, they are fired in the kiln and ready to pick up or ship to you the following week.  Paint Pottery items range in price, averaging about $25-$30 (with no additional drop-in fees).


Need help getting started with a drop-in activity? Schedule a 15 or 30 minute demo (these can often be scheduled on the spot) to learn a new technique or get a quick refresher demonstration by an artist on staff! 

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About Us

Alpine Arts Center offers visual arts classes, workshops, drop-in sessions, events, and public exhibits, with the goal of providing joy to the community through the visual arts. Classes are led by a fantastic group of teaching in mediums such as Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Photography, Sculpture, Computer Graphics, Jewelry Making, and Arts and Crafts.  Whether you are interested in learning a new craft or you are a professional artist looking to enhance your technique, Alpine Arts Center offers art for all ages at all stages.

Our Mission

Alpine Arts Center is dedicated to providing a diverse visual arts education for emerging and established artists of all ages. A broad spectrum of classes, open workshops, drop-in sessions, summer programs, birthday parties, exhibits, public events, and outreach programs are offered to foster the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of the visual arts throughout the Vail Valley and beyond.

Facility and Hours of Operation

Alpine Arts Center is open for drop-in activities, studio use, and gallery viewing every day (see below for our hours of operation). Alpine Arts Center has relocated to Riverwalk!  We are equipped with a large space for drawing, clay handbuilding and pottery wheel throwing, and kids arts & crafts. Alpine Arts Center also has a full selection of paint pottery and a kiln for firing pieces. Come in to create beautiful cups, plates, vases, figurines, picture frames, platters, and more! Quality materials, clean working spaces, state-of-the-art machinery, and a creative, nurturing atmosphere make Alpine Arts Center a unique learning environment.

Alpine Arts Center also promotes numerous local artists in our store's gallery, which are all available for purchase!  We have a wide range of original art displayed such as ceramic pottery, original paintings, photography prints, trucker hats, etched glassware, glass snowflakes, jewelry & more! Stop by anytime to see the current gallery and get inspired to create your own art.

In addition, ask about our space rental or let Alpine Arts Center plan a private event for your group!  We have a liquor license and serve wine/beer/champagne at any time of day, and can arrange to have your event catered by a local chef or restaurant.  

Alpine Arts Center values the importance of Green Practices in order to keep our beautiful environment clean.  We utilize as many green art supplies and cleaning products as possible.  

Drop-In Hours

Sunday & Monday: 12pm-5pm

Tuesday through Saturday: 11am-6pm

(other days/times by appointment, plus extended holiday and summer hours) 


laurenmerrillLauren Merrill (Owner/Director/Teacher) grew up on Long Island, New York, where she first began to explore the idea of opening an arts center. Lauren says, “At that point, the arts center was just a dream I talked about with my family at the dinner table. But I kept coming back to the idea, and it inspired me to become an art major in college.”  Lauren attended the University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, and became well versed in a number of art mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, scientific illustration, and graphic design.

After college Lauren accepted the K-12 Art Teacher position at Vail Mountain School (VMS), allowing her to move to beautiful Vail, Colorado which she soon began to call home. Lauren taught art for five years at VMS. “Working with children at all levels and all ages was such a unique experience.  Their growth and self-discovery is incredible to observe, and it helped me to grow as an artist as well.” Lauren’s love of teaching, connections with families throughout the valley, and role on the board of EVAA (Eagle Valley Artists Alliance) sparked the idea to open Alpine Arts Center for the community. She is thrilled to finally realize her lifelong dream and begin this new journey at Alpine Arts Center.         Lauren’s Portfolio


debbie_feeneyDebbie Bolon-Feeney (Ceramics Instructor) has lived and worked in the Vail Valley for 32 years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a major in painting, however, realized in her final quarter that her passion was really ceramics. From graduation on, she pursued ceramics beginning with work in a small pottery studio on the upper west side of Manhattan. Eventually, she began teaching pottery classes, entering her work in art shows around the city and finally became one of the founding members and owners of the 78th Street Pottery Coop in New York City.

In 1976 she attended a summer workshop at the SummerVail Art Workshops, where she studied ceramics and fell in love with Colorado. She accepted a position with the SummerVail Art Workshops as ceramics assistant, and moved to Vail. Debbie says, "It was an inspiring summer and I continued to work for the Workshop for several summers, in addition to teaching pottery classes at Colorado Mountain College’s two facilities in Vail and Eagle."  She produced a line of dinner ware in her East Vail pottery studio, and her pottery was sold in galleries in Vail, Minturn, and Glenwood Springs, as well as numerous art shows and festivals throughout Colorado, including Vail Arts Festivals where she won Best of Show several years running. In addition to her ceramics career, Debbie has been teaching Art at Red Sandstone Elementary School for the past 23 years.  Debbie's Portfolio


clairelenzClaire Lenz grew up in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. She received an Art degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. After college Claire lived in Milwaukee and Wilmington, but recently moved to the Vail Valley in search of new experiences and to pursue a more creative and outdoor lifestyle. After a week she found Alpine Arts Center and got the job of her dreams. She couldn’t be more excited to have found a career in an art related field!

Claire's favorite mediums are painting and photography, but after recently discovering the pottery wheel through Alpine Arts Center she may have found a new passion. Claire says, “I have always been a very strong believer that everyone can do art. I picked up a pencil my third year of college and started drawing, and that’s when I knew I couldn’t live without it.” Claire’s advice to all aspiring artists is, "As long as you are willing to be patient and take your time, you’ll be able to create something amazing!"



Aubrey DiDonato grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has always loved creating, from paper mache cheetah’s to hand drawn maps and made up worlds to tie dye t-shirts, she’s been making things as long as she can remember. She took her first printmaking class in 2009 at West Chester University and instantly fell in love. This pushed her to transfer to The University of the Arts in order to explore the medium further. Since graduating in 2014 with an BFA focused in printmaking she has been involved with artist residences in Sicily and Philadelphia. She worked at a non-profit printmaking shop in Philadelphia and took on many small art related jobs on the side in order to stay as involved as possible in the Philadelphia art community.

Aubrey recently moved to Colorado after visiting and being too inspired by the mountains to leave. She feels very lucky to have found Alpine Arts Center where she is able to share her skills in drawing, printmaking, painting, design and 3D. She is very happy to have the opportunity to pursue her creative dreams, discover her love for teaching, and experience art with people of all ages at the center.  Aubrey's Portfolio


TammyTammy Chambers, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, had always dreamed of living in Colorado.  In 1998, she followed through with that dream, and eventually made her way to Eagle, Colorado!  She loves the mountains, the weather, and everything outdoors that Colorado has to offer.  Tammy graduated from a Regional Vocational H.S. with a degree in Commercial Art.  After graduation, she joined the United States Air Force and became an Administration Support Specialist for the 50th Combat Support Group.  While she pursued a career in Admin/Accounting, Tammy always maintained a passion for art.  She has created cactus rock gardens, painted logos on slate rock, carved rocks with a Dremel, and made various glass fusion projects over the years, as gifts.  When she saw the job opening for an Admin person at Alpine Arts Center, she was elated!  Tammy thought "not only will I have the ability to do what I know, but also be in an environment that I love!".  She firmly believes that art is undeniably conductive to happiness!  



Tara Marsden grew up in the small Village of Ferndale located in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She studied Art Education at Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Oil Painting.  She also has a strong interest in Photography and Stop Motion Animation Film.  Recently Tara moved to Avon, Colorado to work on the mountain at Beaver Creek while snowboarding and helping guests.  The experience of living in colorful Colorado inspired her to apply to Alpine Arts Center, and after getting the job she is beyond excited to share her new ideas and projects with her students.  

 Tara has always loved the outdoors, expressing her feelings through art, and dancing to music.  She is a practicing artist and has had paintings displayed in various art shows at Penn State.  Abstract oil paintings and surreal worlds are her specialty; however, she loves painting portraits as well.   Tara enjoys teaching students how to express individuality through art and being as fun and weird as can be!  Tara believes that there is an inner artist in every child and it is her job to make that inner artist grow. A quote by Pablo Picasso that inspires Tara’s teaching methods is, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. Tara's portfolio


Robin Bio

Robin Nash has called Colorado home for over 2 decades, the mountains are her muse.  Robin earned her Bachelor of Fine Art,Studio Arts Degree from the University of Colorado, graduating with honors. While at CU her concentration was painting, with a minor in ceramics.   After graduation Robin moved back to the valley and became a yoga instructor, while being an active in the art community in the valley. She enjoys sharing her passion for art with all ages.  

When not in the art studio she can be found refilling her creative well playing outside in the mountains, doing yoga or roller skating with the local roller derby league.  






Becky Kiser is from St. Louis, MO where she received a Master’s degree in Art Education from Webster University. As part of her studies she attended International Summer School in London, England and traveled around Europe. This ignited her desire to travel more learning about diverse cultures and their art. Her undergraduate degree 

is in history from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. After teaching elementary art for six years in the public schools in St. Louis County, Becky decided to become certified in Special Education and then worked with special needs children for four years. But her love of teaching art beckoned her and she went back into the elementary art room, this time teaching for six years in a private school in Clayton, MO and two summers at Summer Art Camp. Becky had often skied and vacatio

ned in Colorado and missed the mountains. Ten years ago she moved and made the Vail Valley her home. The active lifestyle of skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing plus all of the cultural happenings, sporting events, and volunteer opportunities was fulfilling for a period of time. When Becky discovered Lauren at Alpine Arts Center, she realized how much she missed the fun of teaching art to children and the excitement of stimulating young minds and fostering their creativity. Currently, Becky enjoys volunteering at Alpine Arts and continues to pursue her own art along with taking classes at CMC and experimenting with different materials and techniques. Becky's Portfolio


czCindy Czurak - aka Cz - loves to draw, illustrate, paint and create. Cz is a long time Beaver Creek children's ski instructor - who also paints all surfaces including small faces, ski school walls, treasure maps, teepees etc. .  . She loves inspiring children to be creative and view art as an adventure!

Cz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University - Oxford, Ohio. She has also participated in numerous short courses in London at Central St Martins School of Art, The Royal Drawing School, The National Gallery, The Royal Academy and Camden Arts Centre. Her children's multi-media canvases hang on the walls in the lobby of the Beaver Creek Children's Ski School lobby. Cz is excited to unleash your child’s imagination and creativity, with the added bonus of learning about famous artists and their works. She expects a fun time to be had by all!



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