Artists will attend Edwards gallery’s grand opening |

Artists will attend Edwards gallery’s grand opening

Vail Daily staff report
Edwards, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyA photograph of Burano, Italy - an island near Venice --by Diana Horton Lienemann

EDWARDS, Colorado – The Artists’ Collection Gallery in the Riverwalk Center in Edwards, Colorado announces its grand opening Friday through Sunday. While the galley has been open since last Thanksgiving, this event will be the first time that all of the eight participating artists will be present at the same time.

The gallery features as its anchor oil painters Kevin Miles and Wendy Schaefer-Miles. Both Kevin and Wendy paint on the same canvas. Wendy composes and paints the general scene and Kevin steps in and adds the details and more texture.

Bob and Diana Lienemann are both photographers who still shoot Fuji Velvia slide film for the color reproduction and detail for enlargements up to 4 feet by 5 feet.

Bob shoots landscapes from Colorado and the neighboring states with a specialty in night scene with the moon and stars streaking through the sky. Diana shoots European travel scenes with an emphasis on Italian culture.

Leo Atkinson is a fossil and mineral sculpture artist. He currently has pieces of fossilized coral from Florida, an enormous piece of amethyst from Uruguay and amethyst piece from Brazil. Most of his work turns on a center post allowing for many different views.

Felicia is bronze sculptor from Edwards who produces bronzes of Native American women, children and a line of unique vessels. Another artist from Edwards is Linda Lebidm who does gemstone design. Originally from New York, she has been in the Vail valley since 2001.

Susan Westwood paints oils of the old English countryside from her childhood memories. She still visits the countryside near Exmoor village on the rugged southwest coast and puts paint to the canvas.

The newest addition to the Artists’ Collection is Don McCoy, a jeweler from Salida. Don believes that every aspect of a piece should be handmade by the artist. He uses Australian opals, diamonds, tourmaline, topaz, fire opal, peridot, citrine and amethyst.

The gallery is located in the Topaz building at 188 Main St. There will be wine, cheese and light refreshments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days.

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