Jazz reception opens Vail Valley Fine Art Show in Edwards, Aug. 12 | VailDaily.com

Jazz reception opens Vail Valley Fine Art Show in Edwards, Aug. 12

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What: Vail Valley Fine Art Show.

When: Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug 12; exhibit runs through Sept. 29.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: Free; complimentary appetizers, beer and wine will be served.

More information: Visit vailvalleyartguild.com.

EDWARDS — The third annual Vail Valley Fine Art Show and art sale returns this month to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, presented by the campus and the Vail Valley Art Guild. The seven-week art exhibit will once again open with an evening of art and jazz today.

From 6 to 9 p.m., the opening will feature music by the Jeremiah Johnson Quartet, with Jerry Weiss on keyboard, Rob Dando on upright bass, Jeremiah Johnson on tenor sax and Larry Dutmer on drums, with featured vocalist Mary Lynn Gillespie. Complimentary appetizers, beer and wine will be served, and visitors will have a chance to win door prize artwork by exhibiting artists and to vote for their favorite pieces.

This year’s show will feature 150 new works by local artists and CMC Edwards students. The show will hang at the Edwards campus through Sept. 29. Media represented in the show include oil, pastels, watercolor, drawing, mixed media, acrylic, ceramics and photography. Awards will be given for landscapes, portrait/figure, still life and abstract, as well as new artists’ awards and jurors’ choices.

Where Proceeds Go

Eighty percent of the sales will go to the artists, with 10 percent going to the Colorado Mountain College Foundation and 10 percent to the Vail Valley Art Guild. The nonprofit Colorado Mountain College Foundation raises and manages philanthropic funds for the benefit of students, faculty, facilities, academic programs and cultural enrichment at Colorado Mountain College.

The Vail Valley Art Guild, also a nonprofit, has a mission to promote and foster artistic growth and build awareness of the visual arts in Eagle County. It was founded in 2013 by a group of 10 artists and has since grown to more than 150 members, including 80 photographers.

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