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Artist reception set for Friday at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards

EDWARDS — A gallery reception is set for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. The work of artists Cliff Austin, Jeanne Echternach and Sherri Wilson will be featured. The public is invited to enjoy the artwork and meet the artists; complimentary appetizers will be served and Alpine Arts Center’s bar will be open throughout the evening.

Jeanne Echternach is a transplanted New Englander, but for the past 30 years, Colorado has been her home. Jeanne travels to many beautiful locations including Europe, New England, and the American Southwest to paint.

Cliff Austin graduated from the Rocky Mountain School of Art in 1980. His love of drawing began in 1976, as he studied Technical Illustration at The Denver Institute of Technology. After working as a patent draftsman/illustrator/office manager in a small drafting shop, he wanted more. His employer casually remarked, “Go to art school” and the path to being an artist was forged.

Sherri Wilson is a native of Pittsburgh, who moved to the Colorado Rockies over 25 years ago. Painting in oils, she enjoys capturing the grandeur of the landscape in plein air and studio paintings. She presently lives in Minturn with her husband, Paul.

Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center, said, “Jeanne, Cliff and Sherri have beautiful and very distinct styles. It is a wonderful exhibit the showcases local Colorado landscapes as well as still life paintings. We encourage everyone to come to the reception on Friday for a fun and social art event.”

Exploring color

Echternach’s paintings will transport the viewer to the majestic and charming places she has visited. “My current work explores color and how it denotes form as well as its ability to generate an emotional response from the viewer,” Echternach said.

Austin’s paintings capture breathtaking moments in time as he plays with light and shadow.

“The subject is light and contrast,” he said. “The fascination is in the way light pours, splashes, and wraps around everything we see and contrasts the everyday with the extraordinary.”

Wilson’s paintings capture elegant still life as well as the serene beauty of the Colorado landscape. She feels that painting is “always a journey: challenging and rewarding.”

More information

The exhibit will be on display in Alpine Arts Center’s gallery for the months of June and July, and all paintings are for sale. For more information on the exhibition and the artists, as well as a complete summer schedule of art classes, camps, and social events offered by Alpine Arts Center, visit www.alpineartscenter.org or call 970-926-2732.

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