‘Colorful Colorado’ art exhibit on display this month at Avon Library | VailDaily.com

‘Colorful Colorado’ art exhibit on display this month at Avon Library

Aspens in the forest," by Joan Willoughby.
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AVON — Artists Joan Willoughby, Christine Sena and Constance Erickson will exhibit their paintings in the Avon Library Community Room during the month of December. Ann Loper will display her pottery. An artists reception will be held in the Avon Library Community Room on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with music provided by the AWE Chamber Group. Please join the artists in celebrating images of our beautiful state.

Willoughby, a water media artist, has been interested in art since childhood, but has been able to pursue that interest more intensively since retiring from a career in the mental health profession. She paints what interests and attracts her attention in her surroundings, no matter where she is. She loves the vibrant colors of acrylics and watercolors, although she will occasionally do an oil painting. She has studied with internationally-renowned artists Steven Quiller (water media) and Don Sahli (oils). Her work has been published in this year’s edition of Rocky Mountain Reflections. She is a board member of the Vail Valley Art Guild. Her work has been shown in the Bohemian Gallery in Beaver Creek and The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, and in exhibits in the Vail and Avon libraries.

About Sena, Erickson

Proficient in graphite, pen and ink, pastels, watercolor, oils and intaglio print media, Christine Sena began taking art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a child. Additional classes and workshops were taken with The Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado and on Monhegan Island, Maine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including this year’s edition of Rocky Mountain Reflections. She has exhibited with the Springfield Art League in Springfield, Virginia, and most recently won a first place award for “Still Life” at the Colorado Mountain College’s inaugural student art show. She is a board member of the Vail Valley Art Guild. Prior to moving to the Edwards area, Sena retired from a career with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Constance Erickson is a lifelong Colorado resident. Her gift for drawing and painting is a legacy from her mother, Aileen de Steiguer, who was an oil painter, pastel artist and potter. Studying with well-known artists, attending college art courses and workshops, both locally and in Mexico, have helped her translate what inspires her into art. Living in Twin Lakes and Mexico, Erickson embraces her surroundings and tries to relate her joy to others through her work. Erickson has received awards and recognition for her work, including a second and first place finish in the 2001 and 2002 CCCA annual Open Award Show in Buena Vista. Her work can currently be seen at the Twin Lakes Gallery (Twin Lakes Roadhouse Lodge) where she is the artist in residence.

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