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Art events to surround Beaver Creek film screening

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Writer-director-painter George Gallo (“Midnight Run,” “Bad Boys”) and painter Don Sahli are supporting the Vilar Performing Arts Center and the Beaver Creek Art Festival with four days of painting and special events surrounding a benefit screening of Gallo’s film, “Local Color,” at the Vilar Center on July 31.

All box office proceeds will fund ongoing programming at the nonprofit Vilar Performing Arts Center.

“Local Color” – inspired by George Gallo’s own true story of apprenticeship as a young artist – is a compelling film that is opening the eyes and hearts of yet another new generation to the value of mentorship and the joy of seeing the beauty in life. Oscar nominees Armin Mueller-Stahl (“Shine”) and Diana Scarwid (“Inside Moves”) are teamed with a cast that includes Trevor Morgan (“ER,” “The Sixth Sense”), Samantha Mathis, plus veterans Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman and Charles Durning.

A story that began centuries ago with Russian czar Peter the Great will continue to unfold as Gallo and Sahli explore the 300-year-old connection between the legacy of great Russian masters and today’s resurgent American representational/impressionist art movement. Gallo and Sahli will spend the week painting outdoor locations around Vail and Beaver Creek, stopping spontaneously to capture local scenes on canvas. The public can visit Vail Fine Art Gallery on July 29 and Beaver Creek Fine Art Gallery July 30 to see those paintings on display.

The “Legacy of the Russian Masters Paint-Off” will be held on the eve of the 23rd annual Beaver Creek Art Festival 4-7 p.m. July 30 at Beaver Creek Fine Art Gallery. Gallo and Sahli will work side-by-side, while gallery owner Jim Tylich moderates the evening demonstration with explanations of each artist’s technique.

From 5-7 p.m. July 31, there will be a “Legacy of the Russian Masters” reception and exhibit. Jim Tylich will premiere large Russian works at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Many of these major Soviet Era and contemporary masterpieces, previously displayed in museums, have never been seen outside of Russia. Tylich will share with attendees a comprehensive overview on the skill, schooling and distinct technique of Russian masters that has so impacted today’s art world. Tickets for this event are available through the Vilar Performing Arts Center Box office and include appetizers with refreshments during Jim Tylich’s presentation, admission with preferred seating for the screening of “Local Color” plus a VIP champagne/dessert dialogue with the artists in the Vilar Center’s May Gallery following the film.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Vilar doors will open for the screening of “Local Color.” Before the film’s introduction by Gallo, theatergoers will see a special video short: “Legacy of the Russian Masters.” Gallo and Sahli will then share more with the audience on their remarkably similar paths as students of two great Russian artists, including stories about their mentors, George Cherepov and Sergei Bongart.

All are invited to the “Legacy of the Russian Masters Brushstroke Brunch” on 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 1 at Beaver Creek Fine Art Gallery. On display will be the finished artworks by Sahli and Gallo from their work on location as well as Friday night’s “Legacy of the Russian Masters Paint-off.” The paintings of many other master Russian impressionists will also be shown.

Tickets for “Local Color” are available at, 970-845-TIXS (8497), or the Vilar box office in Beaver Creek Village.

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