A celebration of the artwork and life of Celine Krueger | VailDaily.com

A celebration of the artwork and life of Celine Krueger

Krueger family with Celine's cousin Margaret Deiotte and her son Ron and his wife Andie.
Celynn Krueger McClarrinon | Special to the Daily |

AVON — Family, friends and appreciators of fine art came together on March 6 evening at the Avon Public Library to celebrate the artwork of longtime local artist Celine Marie Krueger. The Krueger family chose some of their favorite paintings to represent her life’s work.

Krueger passed away peacefully in her home in 2007. Celine lived in the Vail Valley since 1967, raising her four children, Berne, John, Karl and Celynn. As do many local children, they have returned to the Vail Valley to raise their own families.

Celynn was on hand to greet friends and family at the event and was a gracious host that her mother is sure to be proud of, especially since her granddaughter was there to help make name tags.

As guests arrived, the stories began to develop. Some folks had taken art classes with or from Celine in Vail. The artist kept busy with nearly daily art classes and workshops. The folks who attended had lots of stories to share about her life in the Vail Valley.

Gullvi Blume shared a fun story about acquiring a Golden Bear belt buckle 25 years ago.

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“I went to a charity event where this hammered gold buckle was being raffled off. My friends bought me one ticket while they bought 20 for themselves. And, guess what? I won,” Blume said. “I had told my husband that I wanted one for a birthday or anniversary gift, and the girls at the Golden Bear said that after I told him that, he walked on the other side of the street when passing by.”

The moral of the story is to take a chance on the things that you adore once in awhile.

Tales were woven as longtime locals came and went throughout the evening. Another sun set on the Vail Valley, as it does each evening, and the memory of Celine Marie Krueger will live on with these dear friends and family members and through her paintings.

The art show featuring Celine Krueger’s family’s favorite paintings can be viewed at the Avon Public Library throughout the month of March.

Betty Ann Woodland covers social events, fundraisers for nonprofits and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vaildaily.com and bettyannw6@gmail.com.

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