The landscape and quality of life Palisade offers provides inspiration for visiting and local creatives. Downtown galleries provide the cornerstone of support for the art community which spans out from the core downtown to studios nestled along the river, in orchards and vineyards and extends into the more populated areas to the west. PĀV intends to promote and embrace “Art as a part of our everyday life.”
On June 4th, 2016 the black empty pedestals on Main Street were adorned with amazing art work by four local artists; Dave Davis, Gary Hauschluz, Steve Kentz and Lyle Nichols. This years artists consist of both masters and exciting new talent.
PĀV’s goals begin with the installation of these first 4 sculptures (pedestals) on Main Street. Plans are to rotate this exhibit annually, inventory other area art installations, identify corridors and locations for additional pieces and access sustainable funding.
Thanks to the Town of Palisade for the pedestals, Palisade Chamber of Commerce for promotion, FCI and Nathan Hale for installation and the artists for their commitment to the arts and many local donors for their support of this program.
Palisade is a quaint Victorian town amidst a dramatic landscape. A sun-splashed valley, it is surrounded by orchards and vineyards supported by a canal system with water flowing from the Grand Mesa and the mighty Colorado River. Palisade offers a variety of recreational opportunities taking advantage of the proximity to the Colorado River, public lands and the Rocky Mountains. Agricultural tourism, fruit and wine production, festivals and events, outdoor opportunities and a local creative community attract diverse visitors to the region. The local creative community includes oil, pastel and watercolor artists, sculptors, and glass and clay artists.
Palisade is known for its peach orchards and wine vineyards and is called “The Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado”. The local climate is often referred to as the “banana belt” with a 182-day growing season, and an average 78 percent of sunshine. Palisade was named for the austere and dramatic palisades of Mancos Shale north of town. The sculptured appearance of these geologic formations was created by the uplifting of the area combined with localized erosion and the down cutting of the Colorado River. The first inhabitants of the Grand Valley were Ute Indians, followed by white settlers who began arriving in l881. By l894, the first peach, pear, apple and grape orchards appeared. Palisade has a reputation of small town friendliness, creativity and resourcefulness through historic projects like the 100+ year old roller dam which facilitates the flow of water to the agricultural lands.