Bringing Bohemia to Avon |

Bringing Bohemia to Avon

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AVON – Natalie de Stefano doesn’t wander; she travels, always collecting inspiration for her unique art.

De Stefano is opening a new show at Loaded Joe’s in Avon, where she’ll be on hand Saturday for a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Her artwork will be on display there through the end of December.

De Stefano settled in Eagle County in 1979, after roaming the world in search of general wonderfulness. She found it.

She was born and raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where she was up to her eyebrows in the bohemian lifestyle.

Her father was a violinist with the New York Philharmonic under Maestro Leonard Bernstein for 40 years. He was also a painter and a huge fan of Picasso.

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Natalie’s mom was a professional photographer and artist when she arrived in the U.S. from France after World War II.

So, under the influence of both nurture and nature, de Stefano became an artist.

Murals and more

Growing up in New York City, de Stefano spent many rainy days pursuing education, just not at school. She’d cut class and hang out at the Museum of Modern Art, The Met or the Guggenheim.

At the other end of the spectrum, she also found inspiration in more contemporary street art in heavy metal comic books. De Stefano also counts Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley and Edwards Gorey among her influences.

“The work that will be on display at Loaded Joe’s will be quite eclectic,” de Stefano said.

The mediums range from pen and ink to water color, acrylics and oils, and they all spring from de Stefano’s imagination. The artwork commissioned by clients tends to depict North American wildlife and nature, she said.

Here in the valley, she has been a professional muralist and fine artist for more than three decades.

She says that among locals, the favorite of her murals is in the one inside the Vail parking structure with the mountain lion.

In Eagle, when the Brush Creek Saloon was remodeled the crews took almost surgical care to save a western murals painted on the inside walls. The paintings depict cowboys and cowgirls socializing at the bar. One wall is a painted tribute to the late Robert Mcilveen, who was instrumental in bringing the Little Britches rodeo to Eagle County.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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