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Eagle hosts first Friday Art Walk

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Robin GustlinThis piece, titled "Bikes 01" by Robin Gustlin, combines watercolor and photography. It will be one of six pieces in a series of bike-themed work by Gustlin on display at the Kind Cyclist in Eagle Ranch this evening.

EAGLE, Colorado ” Robin Gustlin throws paint. At canvases, that is. The Eagle resident creates very detailed architectural illustrations for a living so when she’s painting, she tries to “get really loose,” she said.

“I use wallpaper paste, crayon, acrylics ” whatever I can find, really. I like a lot of texture,” Gustlin said.

Gustlin is one of 14 artists participating in the first Eagle Ranch Village artist walk on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The artists will display their art inside various shops and businesses throughout the village. Gustlin’s work, a series of six bike-themed pieces she created specifically for the walk, will be on display at the Kind Cyclist.

“I normally do more abstract stuff, but since it’s in a bike shop, I was trying to cater to the clientele,” she said. “I like to throw a lot of paint and I thought that worked perfectly with the bicycles because it looks like they’re throwing mud up, which fits well with the idea of mountain biking.”

Laurie Thompson, the marketing director for Eagle Ranch Village, created the event ” the first of its kind in the valley ” to draw the community together. She hopes the event will be popular enough to become an annual affair.

Nearly all of the artists will attend the event, Thompson said.

“This is a great opportunity to view some unique and interesting pieces and talk to the artists who created them,” she said.

Eagle Ranch resident Nancy Long is one of the participating artists. She plans to show nearly a dozen of her watercolor paintings at Colorado Capital Bank.

“It’s a reallly fun way to show work and interact with the people that enjoy your art,” she said.

Long, who moved to Colorado from Lubbock, Texas two years ago, said she’s also excited to meet the other participating artists.

“I’ve done several shows like this in Texas,” Long said. “They started an art walk there that’s very successful and has grown tremendously. I’m really excited to think that Eagle is going to do this. We have the perfect environment where you can walk to each store. I hope it’s successful.”

A wide variety of photography, water color paintings, acrylic on canvas, sculptures, oil-pastels, ceramics, illustrations, jewelry and more will be on display.

“Over the last several months, Eagle Ranch Village has really taken shape. This will give people a chance to check out the new fitness club, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or just relax and chat with friends while listening to the soothing music of a fine violinist and cellist,” said Erin Vega, manager of the homeowners association.

Businesses have extended their hours of operation and walking maps will be available.

“Eagle Ranch Village hopes to expand this event and eventually turn it into a summer series, similar to what you find all over small town America,” Thompson said.

For more information, call 970-949-6204.

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