VAIL — The Riverbend Studio, a local art group, is hosting an art show at the Vail Public Library during the entire month of April. The artists will be at the library on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to come and meet the artists and discuss their work.
The group, which was formed by Dana Dunbar four years ago, includes seven Vail Valley residents. Dunbar provides members with a studio in her home, and painting sessions are held on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons every week.
The sessions are spent painting and sharing ideas and techniques on oil, watercolor and acrylic painting and on drawing. Members bring their own supplies, styles and talents to the sessions and work individually. However, they share ideas, food and drinks and, according to Dunbar, “sometimes a little gossip.” But according to Bill Clinkenbeard, the group’s spokesperson, “sometimes a lot of gossip.”
‘Just Plain Fun’
Dunbar said the energy generated by the artists is “exhilarating, educational and just plain fun.” She is the most experienced artists who has taught painting and is a successful commercial illustrator.
Artist Charmayne Burnhart is a well-known artist in the Vail valley. Her great love is watercolor painting. However, she does other mediums, and the size of her works varies from miniatures to large murals. Many of Burnhart’s art works can be seen in the community in murals, publications and commissioned pieces.
Bill Clinkenbeard came to the Vail Valley in 1987 and was a founding partner of Cordillera. He paints in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums. Clinkenbeard said his style is “eclectic at best.”
Hatsie Hinmon’s passion for painting has been fueled by her love of the outdoors. Many of her inspirations are drawn from living high in the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys painting what she sees, with rich colors. A fun and fanciful freedom can be seen in her paintings.
Joann Levy Carhart
Joann Levy Carhart paints in oils, often using a palette knife. This medium and technique gives her the textures and colorations she desires, and she often paints, “en plein air,” that is, outdoors. Carhart has participated in many workshops run by leading Colorado artists.
Kathy Moore is the newest member of the group. She was raised in Colorado and has been enjoying living in the Vail Valley full time since 2008. Her artistic endeavors range from drawing to paintings to pottery. Her acrylic paintings focus on animals, plants and flowers though she also enjoys painting still lifes.
Shanny Satterstrom loves the history of Colorado and paints old barns and structures that tell the story of a different time and place. Using brush and pallet knife, her oil paintings are rich in color and form.
Clinkenbeard has expressed hopes that people will come to the exhibition this month to share in the wonderful world of art.