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‘Art for $10’ in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyVail Valley art: "Hot Dog," by Ellen Larson is on display at Loaded Joe's in Avon, Colorado
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AVON ” There’s something deeply meditative about drawing tedious patterns, said Boulder artist Liz Benotti, who’s work is on displayin Colorado’s Vail Valley.

Benotti’s Mini-Masterpiece, on display at Loaded Joe’s in Avon, is called “Cycles.” She drew hundreds of circles within other circles into a pattern that resembles a cloud. Raindrops hang from what looks like strings from the cloud.

“The circles was just this tedious pattern I wanted to try and do. It’s kind of this meditative process, and it’s kind of hypnotic to look at it as well,” she said.



The piece is about cycles ” both environmental cycles, like the water cycle, and also emotional, physical and mental cycles that people go through, Benotti said.

Benotti’s postcard, along with nearly 100 other 3-by-5-inch postcards, will be on display at Loaded Joe’s Friday for the Mini-Masterpieces exhibit. Artists of all ages and abilities spent the last month creating their mini works of art on the postcards. The idea was the brainchild of a few Eagle Valley Artist Alliance members, including Amy Dose, Robin Nash and Dustin Zentz.



“One of the objective of the artist alliance is to do things that involve the community,” said Nash, one of the founders of the group and the board president. “Everyone seemed to get excited about the size ” it’s approachable and you don’t have to make a big, huge time commitment.”

Likewise, the cost of the pieces ” $10 each ” is approachable for art lovers. “It’s totally accessible to get original art for that price,” Nash said.

When Nash was hanging the postcards earlier this week at Loaded Joe’s, she was approached by a local resident.



“He got all excited that it was art for $10 and said, ‘I’m putting my money on the table right now, I want to be the first one to buy art in the show,'” Nash said.

Proceeds from the event will fund art workshops for kids slated to take place at the Gypsum library this summer in conjunction with a Dr. Seuss exhibit.

Nash said pieces were sent from all over Colorado and even a few entries came from Chicago and some from Wyoming. She calls the scope of entries “very eclectic.”

“There are some colored pencil ones that are really amazing,” she said. “Some people did Raiku pottery, little tiles of clay, in the size of a postcard. There are some that are collages and one that is really neat where they incorporated different types of paper and toothpicks. It’s a really exciting, broad range.”

The exhibition is free and open to all. Starting at 9 p.m. there will be live music by local band MTHDS. Those arriving after 9 p.m. will pay a $5 cover charge.

More information about Mini-Masterpieces or becoming a member of EVAA can be found on evaa.us or call Nash at 970-390-5187.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

What: Mini-Masterpieces art exhibit

Where: Loaded Joes, Avon

When: 6 p.m., Friday

Cost: The event is free. Each Mini-Masterpiece will be sold for $10

More information: Visit evaa.us or call 970-390-5187


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