Beaver Creek Art Challenge Announces Artists

22 August 2012
For Immediate Release
Beaver Creek Art Challenge Announces Artists 

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2012) – On Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 as Beaver Creek hosts the fastest cyclists in the world for a mountain top finish during the USA Pro Challenge, the  Beaver Creek Art Challenge gets underway as the riders depart Aspen at 11:35 a.m. on their journey to Beaver Creek. Competing simultaneously as the race unfolds, artists embark on a challenge of their own and will showcase their artistic talent and skills creating one-of-a-kind pieces, under the theme “The World is Our Stage”. Cycling fans should plan to watch the Art Challenge at the Beaver Creek Ice Rink in Beaver Creek Village throughout the day as they await the arrival of the riders. Top artists will be awarded prizes on-stage prior to the Chris Duarte concert at 5 p.m.
The following artists are set to compete in the Beaver Creek Art Challenge:

Julie Spinnato - Julie has been painting ever since she can remember.  Her first spanking was after she painted on her newly wallpapered bedroom!  She went to Carnegie Mellon University for a Bachelor's in Architecture and spent a year studying abroad at New South Wales University in Sydney, Australia where she focused on studio art.  She moved to the Vail Valley in 2000 and embraced the local art community.  Her paintings have hung in coffee shops and restaurants in Avon, Vail and Edwards.  She has public art paintings in Vail Village as well.  She has taught plain air and still life painting classes through Scully's art store and was also a member of the Plaza Gallery, a locals’ art co-operative gallery.  She founded Studio Spinnato, Inc, an architecture and art firm in 2007.  She currently resides in Denver, Colorado and continues to paint and practice architecture.  She is also an avid cyclist, both mountain and road and has competed in the Vail Mountain Bike Race Town Series and X-terra triathlons.

Shen - Shen, Pop Graffiti Artist, formerly the first female West Coast graffiti artist, “ShenShen210”,  Shen exchanged her spray cans for the airbrush, and was named one of the world’s “Top 10″ airbrush talents.  Her "pop culture and musical" artworks have been collected by celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Jack Nicholson, and Emilio Estevez, and viewed by Clint Eastwood at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Shen is also the proud winner of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge Poster Contest for Beaver Creek.  Shen currently lives, plays, and paints in Vail, Co with her husband and 3 daughters.  More of Shen's work may be viewed at:

Fletcher MacNeill- Fletcher lived on the east coast and professionally worked as a graphic designer and art director for major corporations such as Container Corporation, Mobil and free-lancing for independent design studios. He then spent several years in California as a designer for Atari and Container Corp again and did various free-lance assignments. In Vail, MacNeill had a design studio in Crossroads and designed the logos for Sweet Basil restaurant, Younger Generation and other local businesses. Now he is happy to relax corporate constraints and create art in his own fashion and vision.

Dale Nelson- Dale is a custom woodworker and furniture maker based in Avon, CO. He hopes to showcase his talent by making a hall table with Traditional and Contemporary joinery methods incorporating the theme of “The World is Our Stage".

Hazel Murray - New York artist Hazel Murray's work captures the interpretive and compositional form of landscapes and still lifes. Her careful editing and subjective translation result in paintings of pronounced atmospheric context. Referred to as semi-abstract, Murray's work is loose in application to suggest a non-perfunctory use of paint, yet the result creates a personal relationship to the motif. She works out of her studios in Manhattan and Colorado on a full-time basis.

Sheila Trowbridge – Sheila says, “I love color, I love bikes.....coming from a ceramic tile background, I have been painting a variety of surfaces for the past 25 years and try to always push myself to try something new”.

Jeff Desautels – Jeff paints in oils, using painting knives to combine rich textural detail with bring color applications to achieve an effect akin to both impressionist and expressionist art.  This quality lends itself to painting sports action pieces, and Jeff is able to impart a sense of movement to his work that many patrons have found irresistible. Professional bicycle racing is a natural subject for Jeff’s sports ‘movement’ paintings.  Vivid, primary color-dominated team jerseys work well with the texture of knife painting, and Jeff has painted images from the Tour de France for a number of years.  In preparation for the fourth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Tour, that finishes in Beaver Creek, Jeff has placed his gestural images of bicycle racers into that unique visual background.  He has thus been able to ‘anticipate’ the actual race stage before it even occurs.  Several of those paintings are on display at the Cogswell Gallery in Vail.

Other artists scheduled to compete include: Amy Dose, Barton Gunderson, Paul Wertin and Julian Banks.

About Beaver Creek Resort
On August 23, 2012 be sure to experience Beaver Creek’s mountaintop finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The arduous day culminates in a climatic uphill battle as the athletes dig deep for every last ounce of energy through the crowd-lined ascent to the finish line. A village-wide celebration will cap off Stage 4 and teams and fans can take advantage of Beaver Creek’s warm and friendly hospitality for the night. Like us:

About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday,” and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker.

More information can be found online at and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge
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Media Contacts:
Beaver Creek Stage Local PR Committee:
 Jen Brown, Beaver Creek Resort PR, (970) 754-5292,
John Dakin, Vail Valley Foundation, (970) 777-2015,
Kristin Williams, Vail Resorts Public Affairs, (970) 754-2712,


About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

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