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Eagle County senior citizens return to the art world

The work of Herb Davis, Amy Milbauer White and Carol J. Lynne will be featured in a show through July at the Avon public library. There's an artists reception from 5-7 p.m. today at the library.

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What: Art show featuring local seniors

Where: Avon public library

When: Artists reception, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. The show hangs through July

Cost: Free

AVON — Life happens, then art happens.

For a few valley residents, their art’s time has finally come. The Avon Public Library is hosting an art show by seniors who are permanent valley residents.

The work of Amy Milbauer White, Herb Davis and Carol J. Lynne reflects lifetimes of art.

“After a hiatus of several years from painting, these artists have returned to their love for oil on canvas under the tutelage of Ursula Gilgulin at Colorado Mountain College,” Lynne said.

The show will hang through July. The library is hosting an invitation-only evening to meet the artists.

About the artists

Amy Milbauer White

Amy Milbauer White graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and art and taught for several years. She also tried her hand at hairstyling and it turned into a 40-year career. She owned salons in Miami, Fla., (Apple Haircutters) and Evergreen (Headwest Hair Salon).

Last year, she finally pursued her passion for painting. Her work in this collection was inspired by Roman Vishniac, a Russian photographer.

His book “A Vanished World” has black and white photographs from life in 1937 Russia.

As luck would have it, she found the book at the annual community Rummage Sale in Minturn’s Maloit Park. She ran across the book on the event’s last day, she said.

“These photographs were so heartfelt I had to paint them,” White said. “My intention was to remember these people and their way of life.”

Carol J. Lynne

Lynne’s story is one of persistence.

Forty seven years ago when she began to study art, she was told she would never be a painter. That same art professor painted an “X” on her canvas and smashed her sculpture.

She decided on another career.

Lynne has lived in the valley for 25 years. She has held positions in corporations large and small, owned small businesses and is also an active volunteer in the community.

After a long hiatus from her art, Lynne renewed her passion for oil painting. She said she finds herself drawn to architectural structures, street scenes and still life.

Herb Davis

Davis has lived in Gypsum since 2004, where he is semi retired. Prior to moving to Colorado, he lived for years in Northern California, working in the computer industry. He took up the arts in the summer of 2012 and has focused on using oil as his medium.

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

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