Free art reception tonight |

Free art reception tonight

"Heading Home," oil painting by Rosalind Reed.


What: May Exhibit of the Vail Valley Art Guild

When: Reception is 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Art of the Valley Gallery, 240 Chapel Square, Avon

Cost: Admission is free.

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To celebrate the anticipation of spring, the Vail Valley Art Guild will host a free First Friday reception tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. at Art of the Valley Gallery, located at 240 Chapel Square in Avon. Local artists will display paintings, photographs, ceramics and sculptures. The Vail Valley Art Guild will feature three of its members as featured artists of the evening.


For Scott Pope, photography is a passion that began in college. Such as most people interested in photography in the ’70s, he shot black and white film. Initially, he developed film and made prints in the bathroom of his basement apartment on campus. But after accidentally flooding the apartment twice, the landlord said no more darkroom work. His future as a photographer was looking bleak.

A friend suggested Pope apply as a staff photographer for the school newspaper. He got the job and in exchange for shooting assignments around campus, he received a small payment for images used in the paper. The big payoff, however, was having 24-hour access to the journalism school darkroom. He did a lot of photography for the next couple of years and even considered pursuing a career in photojournalism. After school, he became a stockbroker and had little time for shooting and developing photos. His photography was limited to snapshots of people he knew and places he traveled.

Years later, Pope became serious about photography again with the advent of digital cameras. The ability to process images in a computer whenever he had time, instead of trying to find time to get into a darkroom, made it possible for him to again pursue his passion.

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Living in Colorado is a photographer’s dream as beauty abounds. Pope usually has a camera with him whenever he leaves the house, because one never knows when great beauty will present itself. Sometimes, it is the mountains, flowers or wildlife, and other times, it is the clouds in the sky. Ultimately, it is great light that draws his attention.


“Home” is the theme of Rosalind Reed’s featured artist exhibit. For Reed, home is not simply a place, but also a journey that we take to find a place of emotional, spiritual and physical resonance. It turns out that home hasn’t always been the same place, and doesn’t always have the same meaning as time passes.

As she reflected on her pictures, Reed realized that the search for true home has often been taken alone, with only a hope in her spirit that she is going in the right direction. Right now, Reed is pleased to be at her destination, but wonders when she stops traveling and searching, will she abandon the possibility of other adventures? There may be no more uncertainty but by not getting home, can she keep the ending at bay?


Christine Sena’s “Ghost Ranch” images were inspired by a recent fall trip to the New Mexico ranch where Georgia O’Keefe produced a remarkable body of work. Sena’s mother was an artist and Sena developed an early interest in art when taking classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She and an art buddy would tour the museum after classes and they eventually knew every exhibit and obscure collection by heart. A few years ago Sena was visiting Italy with that same art buddy she has known since second grade, and they both realized they had no other friends who would visit nine museums in two weeks and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

Sena has taken classes and workshops with the Rockport, Massachusetts, Art Association; the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia; on Monhegan Island, Maine; City College of San Francisco; William Patterson University, New Jersey and Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. When people ask about her paintings, she explains that she is consistently inconsistent in pursuing her craft. Most of her professional life she was too busy, or constantly on travel assignments, so full attention to studio classwork was not an option. She is proficient in graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, pastel and intaglio printing.

Sena says she was fortunate to retire in the Vail Valley, as there are so many opportunities to take art classes and participate in exhibits. During the past few years, peer pressure has motivated her to produce a considerable volume of work.

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