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Vail Valley Art Guild hosts Second Friday Exhibit in Eagle featuring local elementary student

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"March Madness," by Christina Fitzpatrick. As the Vail Valley Art Guild's first elementary school student to exhibit at one of its galleries, Fitzpatrick's paintings are very colorful and worth taking a second look.
Christina Fitzpatrick | Special to the Daily

IF YOU GO ...

What: Vail Valley Art Guild Second Friday Exhibit and Reception.

When: Friday, May 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: 132 Broadway St., Eagle.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit www.vailvalleyartguild.com.

The Vail Valley Art Guild will host its Second Friday Exhibit and Reception on May 10 at the Eagle gallery featuring sculptures by Robert Will and paintings by Red Sandstone Elementary School student Christina Fitzpatrick.

Will creates sculptures out of found objects, such as abandoned tools and machinery, and his new work in this exhibit features computer parts. He resides in Red Cliff and has lived in the valley for 25 years. Prior to moving to Colorado, Will lived in California and Arizona. Due to receiving a low draft number, Will opted to join the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Colorado Springs. At this point he fell in love with the mountains and decided to make Colorado his home.

Will’s work can be viewed throughout the valley. He has had no formal training in art and learns by observing. He believes you can appreciate work even when a particular piece does not appeal to you — it lets you draw your own conclusions and interpretation. A lot of what he creates is meant to be fun and the creativity process is rewarding. Will also builds furniture.

Fitzpatrick is the Vail Valley Art Guild’s first elementary school student to exhibit in one of its galleries. Her artistic career began when her grandfather would give her paper and pen and encourage her to draw circles. She became better at drawing simple shapes and that grew into a love of art. She soon realized that art is more than an after-school curriculum. Fitzpatrick’s paintings are very colorful and worth taking a second look. Art has always been a part of her life and she wants to continue this pursuit in the future.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is a nonprofit organization advocating for awareness of the visual arts. The Vail Valley Art Guild sponsors lectures, field trips and workshops throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.vailvalleyartguild.com.