CMC hosts first student art show, jazz concert
EDWARDS — On Friday, Sept. 12, the halls of Colorado Mountain College in Edwards will transform from offices and classrooms into an art gallery and jazz club.
CMC and the Vail Valley Art Guild are partnering to present artwork from various local artists, including CMC students and teachers, and established artists from the area. The night will not only be an opportunity to see a variety of art, but the soiree-style party will also give attendees a chance to chat with artists and listen to music from the Jeremiah Johnson Jazz Quartet while munching on appetizers and sipping on wine.
“There are a lot of galleries in the valley, and they might have great art from artists from around the country, but many of them don’t actually show local art,” said Marjory Wilson, a CMC art instructor and Vail Valley Art Guild board member. “We hope everyone will come to have a good time, dress up fun and have fun.”
Bringing artists together
The exhibit will feature more than 125 paintings, photos, sculptures, ceramics and more from upwards of 30 artists. All the art will be on sale, and what remains will be kept on display around the college until mid October.
Wilson, who specializes in painting landscapes and other themes from nature, said she plans to have six pieces on display. Her work will go alongside emerging artists and students — that’s part of the beauty of the exhibit, that it will showcase artists of varying styles and abilities, she said.
Colorado Mountain College doesn’t currently offer an art major, but its art classes have become increasingly popular.
“The art classes are really growing, and (the Guild is) working to partner with CMC to expand their classes,” said Wilson. “Many people are interested in taking it seriously as a hobby. Many students take them as electives, and there’s also a large community of artists in the valley — and artists are often eternal students.”
The Vail Valley Art Guild is a fledgling organization that started in 2013 to foster the growth of artistic skills and promote awareness of the visual arts within Eagle County. It offers diverse workshops and classes in the arts and sponsors regular art exhibits featuring local artists. Wilson said they hope to eventually be able to provide programs and resources for young and disadvantaged student artists, and offer affordable studio facilities to its members and maybe even get a permanent art exhibition space.
The Guild is working in conjunction with CMC’s ArtShare program for the event.
ArtShare is a community program through the college that manages a gallery of local art in Glenwood Springs. The program oversees the George and Patti Stranahan Collection (a traveling collection of iconic black and white photographs) and works in conjunction with each campus to present the visual and performing arts throughout the college’s district.
Jazzin’ it up
And don’t forget the music. Catch the Jeremiah Johnson Jazz Quartet, consisting of CMC instructor Jeremiah Johnson joined by a number of Denver-based musicians are no strangers to jazz clubs and events throughout Colorado. The band consists of Rob Dando on upright bass, Jerry Weiss on piano and CMC staff members Jeremiah Johnson on tenor sax and Larry Dutmer on drums. They’ll also be joined by vocalist Mary Lynn Gillespie, a former member of Benny Goodman’s band Rare Silk.
The reception is just as much about engaging the local community as it is about displaying artists’ work, said Roger Sheffield, CEO of the CMC Foundation and the college’s vice president for advancement.
“Colorado Mountain College believes in the power of the arts and culture to build communities,” said Sheffield.
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