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Artists wanted for Vail painting competition

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Painters are invited to help celebrate the town of Vail, Colorado’s Art in Public Places 10th annual Summer of Sculpture exhibit in Ford Park.

This year the exhibition features a sculpture by world-renowned French artist Bernar Venet, on loan from the Denver Art Museum. Local artists are invited to participate in an outdoor painting contest, which will be held during an afternoon of festivities celebrating the summer solstice.

Activities include a painting competition, a Painted Lady butterfly launch, Bravo’s instrument petting zoo, croquet games, guided tours of the garden and a introduction to “the wild side of Ford Park,” led by a naturalist from the Vail Nature Center.

Artists can enter their finished painting into a competition. To qualify, artists must paint on-site at 1:30 p.m. or earlier on June 20. The outdoor paintings must include Bernar Venet’s sculpture “Arc 228.5° x 5,” which is on loan to Vail through May 2010. The sculpture is a 7-foot high rolled steel curved shape, which appears to defy gravity.

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All paintings must be complete by 3:45 p.m. A jury will meet at 4 p.m. the same day to select the winning paintings. The winning artwork will be announced at 4:15 p.m. and three winning paintings will be displayed at Vail International Gallery from June 21 through June 26.

This is the second year Art in Public Places has held an outdoor painting contest in conjunction with the Summer of Sculpture exhibition. Last year, 14 artists competed.

“The artists all chose different viewpoints,” said Leslie Fordham, the Art in Public Places coordinator. “One painter, Sally Davidson, who traveled from Denver to participate, sold her masterpiece to an onlooker before the paint was dry.”

Visit or call 970-479-2344 for more information. Artists who plan to participate should notify AIPP no later than June 6 to ensure their name is placed in the event program.

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