Art opening set for Friday in Edwards |

Art opening set for Friday in Edwards

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Vail, CO Colorado

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EDWARDS, Colorado – 2012 has been a good year for Alpine Arts Center’s June artist of the month, Barbara Churchley. She was recently selected by Kennedy Publishing to be featured in the upcoming “Best of America Landscape Artists” book. In addition, Churchley was chosen out of thousands of artists to be highlighted in the June issue of Southwest Art. Her artwork will be on display at Alpine Arts Center from Tuesday through the end of the month, with a gallery opening on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public, and appetizers will be served.

Churchley’s paintings reflect her personal connection with the Western landscape she lives in. Her paintings in pastel and oil are interpretive and expressive. Her passion for the outdoors has taken her to the summit of all 53 ranked 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado and a few other unranked ones for fun. She has explored the landscape “up close and personal” through multiple marathons, hikes and backpack trips. Churchley finds inspiration painting “en plein air” in Western Colorado to the far corners of the world, pursuing her other passion of traveling.

“I saw a few of Barbara’s paintings on display at The Bookworm last year and immediately called her to see if she would like to exhibit her work at Alpine Arts Center,” said Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center. “She was excited to show her paintings in our large space and is bringing quite a selection of pieces to display.”

In addition to dozens of paintings available for purchase, Churchley also will have prints and cards on sale at her opening.

Alpine Arts Center is located at 210 Edwards Village Blvd., Suite A105, in the Edwards Commercial Park. For more information about Churchley or other upcoming programs at Alpine Arts Center, visit http://www.alpinearts or call 970-926-2732.

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