The Alpenglow Arts Alliance calendar of arts & creative events around Ouray County shows below. 

To see flyers of events and calls to artists, organized specifically by the Ridgway Creative District, scroll down after the calendar.

**Click on the little triangle in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit which calendar listings you can see at once**

Ridgway Creative District Creative Advocacy Team (C.A.T.) Meetings:

The Ridgway Creative District C.A.T. normally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Please contact Diedra Silbert, the Community Initiatives Facilitator, to confirm time and location if you would like to attend: ( or 970-626-5308 x.215). All are welcome!


The Call below for the Western Art Show has been EXTENDED - submissions are now due on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, by 4:00pm!! Last chance to get your artwork in the show on a big weekend in Ridgway. 100% of sales go to the artist.

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A Request for Proposals - Call to Artists for Public Art has been re-opened with a proposal due date of July 16, 2019. The full package can be found at

The deadline has passed, and this RFP is now closed.

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Call to Amateur, Professional, and Youth Independent Filmmakers for the November 2019 Ridgway Independent Film Fest

From: Ridgway Creative District & Ridgway Chautauqua Society at the Sherbino

Date: April 26, 2019

This fall, the Ridgway Creative District and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society at the Sherbino will once again be showcasing the work and creativity of regional (and global!) independent filmmakers. We are calling to filmmakers to enter short films for a free public showing on Friday, Nov. 8th, & Saturday, November 9th, 2019, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM each night, at the historic Sherbino in Ridgway, Colorado.

We are asking filmmakers to submit creative, high-quality films that run no more than 20 minutes. Filmmakers should follow the guidelines below for their submissions:

1)  We ask that submissions demonstrate engaging storytelling, high entertainment value, as well as strong filmmaking skills, including editing and sound design.

2)  Films must have a total run time of no longer than 20 minutes.

3)  We will accept all work that celebrates the art of the motion picture and all genres of films for submission.

Films will be juried for selection to be shown at the two-night event. If at all possible, selected filmmakers should be prepared to give a 5-minute presentation about the inspiration for their film and/or anecdotes about the making of the film (which can be done in person or remotely). The more filmmakers that attend, the better the opportunities to network with each other!

Films must be submitted by Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Please submit entries at the festival page on the FilmFreeway website ( If an applicant cannot submit their entry online for some reason, they should contact John Clark or Diedra Silbert (info below). Entries should be submitted at our online festival page if at all possible, but exceptions can made if necessary.

Ridgway is a small rural town on Colorado’s Western Slope, located in a beautiful valley beneath the San Juan Mountains. The Ridgway Creative District has been a Colorado-certified creative district since 2013. Ridgway Chautauqua at the Sherbino is a 104-year old theater, run by the non-profit Ridgway Chautauqua Society. The Sherbino is known locally as "Ridgway's Living Room".

CONTACTS for questions and additional information:

John Clark                                           OR                   Diedra Silbert             

970-417-8434                                                              970-626-5308 x215                                                      

 The Town of Ridgway became a State Certified Creative District in July 2013, after one year as a Prospective Creative District. It was recently recertified through 2024. The Creative District uplifts and supports artists, artisans, and all Creatives so they can sustainably live and work in Ridgway. It advocates for Creatives to celebrate and sustain innovation in our community.

The Ridgway Chautauqua Society is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 2012, for the purpose of embodying the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. The Sherbino building, owned and operated by the RCS, was designated a State Historic Landmark in 1991 for its significant social and cultural heritage role.

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The deadlines for this Call to Artists and Performers have passed!

The deadlines for this Call to Artists and Performers have passed!


4th Annual Independent Film Fest

This year’s Independent Film Fest, organized by the Ridgway Creative District in collaboration with the Ridgway Chautauqua Society’s Sherbino Theater, will feature international films, juried by a local group of citizens. The Film Fest expanded to two nights this year! Doors open at 6:30 each evening.

You do not want to miss this year’s Film Fest, as it is going to be quite the international affair! For our 4th annual event (now expanded to 2 nights), we had 103 entries from 24 countries across the globe. We will be screening 21 films this year, from 13 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Germany, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Mexico, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom & the United States)!

On Friday, we will screen 10 films in the 'Youth & Amateur' categories, and on Saturday we'll show the 11 'Professional' category films. Due to the multinational nature of the films, none of the filmmakers will be present to discuss their films, but there will be accompanying clips, made specifically for our event, from many of the filmmakers, and there may even be a couple of them able to join us via video-chat.

Awards for the Best Youth & Amateur films will be announced Friday night, and Best Professional film will be awarded Saturday night. This year, there will be a brand new "Mayor's Choice" award announced on Saturday night as well.

Tell your friends and neighbors; this is going to be an event to remember in Ridgway!

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Information about the 2018 Independent Film Fest follows, including a press release and entry form. Click on each document for the complete documents.

Click on the press release for the full document.

Click on the press release for the full document.

Click the form to open a fillable form!

Click the form to open a fillable form!

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Join us in celebration of the completion of the beautification in our lovely little town! This will be in conjunction with the August Potluck MoonWalk.

Join us in celebration of the completion of the beautification in our lovely little town! This will be in conjunction with the August Potluck MoonWalk.