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Artists around the mountain

Cassie Pence
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Artists need friends too. So a group of Cordillera residents, who are also artists, formed a clan of creative companions.”It’s fun to have people to call up and say, ‘Do you want to make a trip up to Glenwood Springs to paint?'” said Hazel Murray, who lives six months in New York and six months in Cordillera. “It is a nice group of people who love art and love to paint together.”The Cordillera Artists Association hosts an exhibition Thursday from 6-9 p.m. It will feature seven artists. Last year, the event attracted about 150 people. This year, organizers expect even more.

Murray paints in water colors, pastel and oil, but will only be featuring her semi-abstract oils. She paints plein aire, meaning if inspiration strikes, she’ll pull the car over, take out her easel and begin creating.Denise Delaney, full-time Cordillera resident, also enjoys painting plein aire. After studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and exhibiting her work on the northshore of Massachusetts at many shows and galleries, she and her husband moved to Cordillera to explore the Western landscape.Working 25 years as an international business consultant, Dan Sweeney has explored much of the globe with his camera in hand. Sweeney and his wife, Sue, have lived in the Vail Valley since 1999. Sweeney is inspired by the mountains, meadows, flowers, trees and skies that help to define this part of the world.

Ellen Kaufmann of Connecticut and Colorado enjoys the process of painting and watching her work come together.”I also paint and custom design backgammon and chess boards, always by commission,” Kaufmann said in an e-mail.She works mostly in watercolor and acrylics and some oil.



Cindy Youse, Jill Dowd and Sue Applebaum will also be in the exhibit. Since the artists do a lot of their creation locally, viewers can expect to recognize the subject matter.”It’s nice to see the artists who live in the area who have different styles and who like to paint outdoors,” Murray said.For more information on the Cordillera Artists Association’s show, contact Chaparral Valley Club at (970) 926-5988.vail colorado


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