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Craft Beer Behind Local Street Artist in Snow Sculpting Competition

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City Star Brewing Brewing Sponsors Gamma Gallery in Colorado Snow Sculpting Competition

BERTHOUD, Colo. - eTradeWire -- Berthoud, Colorado's City Star Brewing is bringing artist Gamma Acosta (@GammaGallery) back to town for this week's Colorado Snow Sculpting Competition. Four years ago City Star commissioned Gamma to paint "All In at City Star" in the taproom's beer garden. The mural was created completely free-hand, using only spray cans (no stencils, etching or projector) on the 700 square foot concrete canvas. Gamma's work is a main feature at the decade old craft brewery, admired by regulars and newcomers alike.

In the Competition Gamma Acosta leads team Frio Trio along with Colorado based tattoo artist Thyris Rodney. Together they will carve one of 9 giant snow cylinders in Fickel Park. Gamma's experience in carving snow most notably includes a snow sculpture he carved (and spray painted!) for his 95 year old grandmother to view outside her window. However, this competition will be his first of its nature. 48 hours before teams begin carving Gamma hadn't settled on a final concept for their sculpture. He promises something intricate and thoughtful.

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"Sponsoring Gamma's participation in Berthoud Snowfest is a small token of gratitude from City Star for the piece of himself he has given to us. We are truly honored to feature his art. His creative contribution has left a lasting impression on our family, City Star, and our community. Gamma's work comes from more than a creative space. His creativity is intertwined with passion, love, and a commitment to make our world a better place." - City Star Co-Owner Whitney Way

The Colorado Snow Sculpting Championship is the main focus of Berthoud Snowfest, with team carving throughout the week. The event culminates with "tools down" and final judging at 10am this Saturday, January 15th. Winners will go on to compete in the US National Snow Sculpting Championship in Wisconsin. Competition organizer Steve Mercia has been making snow and packing snow cylinders in anticipation of the event. Carving has begun and spectators can follow Gamma and all the artists' progress at Fickel Park.

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Gamma Acosta is a local street artist with a passion for public art. He creates works of art that are incredibly moving, meaningful and usually provocative. He gives color and illustration to community emotion. His large-scale projects are often completed without compensation. His decade of work features powerful pieces that evoke a range of emotion from all passerby: Skin Condition, Sandy Hook Elementary Tribute, and the largest mural in Denver dedicated to graffiti artists. Gamma's work can be found in his hometown of Longmont, Colorado, throughout Denver, across the country and as far away as Belgium, as a North West Walls project artist.


Whitney Way

Source: City Star Brewing
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