Save The Date for our 30th Anniversary!

July 11-23, 2016

Nearly two weeks of fun
In the Wildflower Capital of Colorado

2016 Event Registration

The 2016 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival: July 11-23

We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary with a two-week Festival, and additional events starting in June and going through September!

wildflower festival program guide crested butteCheck out the 2015 Program Guide – at right – to see the types of events that will be offered in 2016.

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About the 2015 Poster and Artist

2015 Poster LThe Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Wildflower Festival’s Poster Contest is Peggy Morgan Stenmark! Peggy and her husband, John, moved to Crested Butte a little over a year ago after feeling their mountain roots return during a road trip through southwest Colorado. Peggy’s watercolor and acrylic painting was expressly created for the Wildflower Festival’s poster contest, and focuses on a circular flow of color and foliage unique to Crested Butte. The Board selected Peggy’s painting because it uses such realistic, vivid colors, it has a slightly “retro” feel, and it has “Wildflower Festival” painted all over it.

Peggy’s artistic career started early on when she would paint on the weekend with her father, who was an art major in college. Finding art in architecture and landscape design energizing, Peggy pursued her degree from CSU in Fort Collins, and then happily accepted a job in Vail as a landscape planner/designer in the late 70’s. There, she met her husband, John, and she honed her artistic and graphic design skills and eventually started her own business doing architectural rendering.

In the 80’s, Peggy and John moved to the Front Range with their daughter, Torrey, where they lived for many years but they were always feeling a tug to get back to the mountains. Even living in Evergreen couldn’t truly satisfy their craving for the high country. Peggy had been traveling regularly to attend painting workshops in Creede, Colorado with Stephen Quiller, a long-time local there and established artist whom she considers a mentor.

Despite the years of living in several places in Colorado and the many trips to Creede, Peggy and John had never seen Crested Butte. With a renewed focus on returning to a life in the mountains, they set out on a road trip in 2012, visiting lots of small towns like Durango, Ouray, and Telluride to see where their hearts would land. Peggy recalls a funny saying told to her: “If Vail and Creede had a child, it would be Crested Butte”, and upon seeing the town on that colorful, fall day, they knew they were “home”. They moved here the summer of 2013.

Peggy’s painting is a composite of several areas. Being new to Crested Butte and its surroundings, she isn’t totally certain but she thinks the mountain in her painting is Mount Owen. She looks forward to exploring our local beauty, spending more time painting “en plein air”, and discovering where might be her “favorite” spot to paint. She is represented by Rijks Family Gallery in downtown Crested Butte, at 310 Second Street.

Peggy will be signing her poster at the Wildflower Happy Hour at next summer’s Festival, July 13-19 – so Save the Date! The poster makes a perfect holiday gift, costs $20, and is available at Rijks Family Gallery,  the Crested Butte Heritage Museum, Handworks, Paragon Gallery, Pema Dawa, and Gunnison Gallery, and right here in the Blossom Boutique. >>