Art meets science in new exhibit at Art of the Valley Gallery, March 3 |

Art meets science in new exhibit at Art of the Valley Gallery, March 3

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What: “Those Who Call the Eagle River Watershed Home” exhibit opening and reception.

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday March 3.

Where: Art of the Valley Gallery, 240 Chapel Place, Unit B119, Avon.

Cost: Free; artwork available for purchase.

More information: Call Walking Mountains Science Center at 970-827-9725 or Art of the Valley Gallery at 970-470 4416.

AVON — Two Avon nonprofits are partnering this month to offer an event that highlights art and science. Walking Mountains Science Center will co-host the Vail Valley Art Guild’s First Friday reception to unveil “Those Who Call the Eagle River Watershed Home,” an exhibit at the Art of the Valley Gallery, opening today.

Throughout history, painters and photographers have been inspired by their natural surroundings. Early plein air painters and photographers documented the history of newly discovered regions across our nation. Eagle County first became nationally recognized for William Henry Jackson’s iconic photographs of Mount of the Holy Cross. The works presented in this exhibit document the current state of Eagle County.

Vail Valley Art Guild artists and photographers have captured the beauty of the plants, animals, birds, trees, mountains and rivers found in the Eagle River watershed. This artist’s perspective of the environment presented through pastel, oil, watercolor and photography mediums will help document our surroundings for generations to come.

Featured artist

Minturn resident Lynn Feiger is the featured artist for the watershed exhibit. Feiger was selected as a mentee by Enrique Martinez Celaya, an artist whose work appears in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in the permanent collections of the major contemporary art museums throughout the United States and Europe. Feiger’s work applies Celaya’s lyrical and intuitive approaches to the landscape of the Eagle River watershed.

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Feiger has also studied with the Denver Art Students League, Ursula Gilgulin, Daniel Sprick and Sandra Kaplan and in workshops in France and Italy. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Best in Show Award for the first Colorado Mountain College Art and Jazz Show. Her work has been exhibited in Denver and throughout Eagle County.

Other artists

Other works in the exhibit also will feature examples of the breadth of color and variety of species found in Eagle County. Photographer Carol Schragen’s image of a mountain lion was taken in Cordillera. Terri Allender’s watercolors were inspired from her hikes in the backcountry and along Gore Creek. Lew Thatcher’s oils are more realistic and usually taken from the numerous photos he captures along the Eagle River. Irene McConnaughy’s columbine pictures capture Colorado’s state flower in summer.

At the wine and cheese reception, Walking Mountains Science Center naturalists will be on hand to provide an educational twist to the monthly event with a program called “Those Who Call the Eagle River Watershed Home.” While viewing the artwork, visitors can learn about species highlighted in select pieces.

Find out the range and lifestyle of a mountain lion or the survival strategies of rare alpine flowers. By looking at the world around us from both an artistic and scientific perspective, the biodiversity of the Eagle River watershed will come to life.

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