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Children’s imaginations, on display in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyArtist Carrie Fell with Vail Valley children (from left to right) Reese Dean, Tori Wilkins, Evan Sapp and Kyle Moore from the Children's Garden of Learning.

VAIL, Colorado –Western artist Carrie Fell visits Vail’s Children’s Garden of Learning this week for a two-day art class with the local preschoolers. The kids will all have the opportunity to create their own paintings with the help of Fell. Their art will be on display at Masters Gallery in Vail Village tonight during an artists’ reception.

Fell’s work tells the story of the west. Horses, Native Americans, cowboys and cowgirls are portrayed in vivid color. The children at the school geared up for Carrie’s arrival this week by celebrating the west. Teachers and children dressed up Monday and Tuesday in their favorite western wear.

The art class and reception is a new way for Children’s Garden of Learning to creatively fundraise. They have received help from numerous members of the Vail community.

“Community involvement is a primary tenet of the Reggio Emilia philosophy,” said DeeDee Hense, director of Children’s Garden of Learning. “As a Reggio inspired school, CGL is constantly reaching out and exploring ways to engage with the community whether through field trips or with more high profile events such as the upcoming art show at Masters Gallery.”

Working with kids is nothing new for Fell. In 1996, she created Significance of Self, an educational program that helps young people express themselves through art.

“Kids are so fresh, they haven’t been tainted,” Fell said. “They still see blue elephants and purple dinosaurs. They still live in their imagination.”

Fell’s enthusiasm for education goes beyond her time commitment. She is also donating all of the art supplies and unique canvases for the children. The preschoolers will receive a canvas with a horse imprint painted by Fell. They will paint the canvas into their own unique memento. The youngest toddlers at the school will participate in a large group project with the artist.

Rayla Kundolf, manager at Masters Gallery in Vail, a gallery that represents Fell,

“Our community offers so much to our children,” said Rayla Kundolf of Masters Gallery, which represents Fell. “We hope that experiences like this will heighten Vail’s next generation’s appreciation of art and inspire their creativity.”

For more information call 970-476-1420.

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