Artpendectomy in Minturn Saturday |

Artpendectomy in Minturn Saturday

Special to the DailyLocal artist Edward Alpi is inspired by nature. His wood sculptures will be featured in an exhibit in Minturn Saturday.

MINTURN – Local artist Edward Alpi is often spotted outside his Wildridge home working on one of his artistic creations. Neighbors stop to watch as his hands enhance what nature has created.Born in Bronksville, N.Y., Alpi can’t remember a time when art was not a part of his life. “He was always drawing or creating with whatever was available,” said his sister, long-time local Joanne Graef.

At the age of 12, Alpi was an accomplished woodworker. After high school, Alpi studied commercial art for two years before enlisting in the army in 1971. Upon his return from Korea in 1973, he decided that a formal education was hindering rather than enhancing his creativity.Alpi continued his studies informally with abstract impressionist Eugene Waddell and minimalist Susan Keiser-Vogel. His work was featured in numerous galleries on the East Coast. Beginning in 1975, Alpi started coming to Vail to visit his father Angelo Alpi – who was the first mayor of Avon. Alpi’s love for this area finally won him over and in 1994, he moved here permanently. Since moving to the valley, Alpi has been enhancing homes in this valley with his creative woodwork.Alpi’s work embraces a wide range of mediums, including oils and airbrush. His passion lies in sculpting. Due to space restrictions since moving here, Alpi has been devoting his time to wood sculptures rather than his beloved marble.

From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Alpi’s sculptures will be featured in a one day sculpture garden and art show – Artpendectomy – at 152 Main St. in Minturn. He will be featuring the wooden sculptures he has created in the 11 years since moving to the Vail Valley. For more information, see a longer feature in the Vail Daily Saturday. Vail, Colorado

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