Express yourself in Vail’s Alpine Gardens |

Express yourself in Vail’s Alpine Gardens

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily"Ridge," by Patrick Espy, who will teach one of the upcoming Art in the Gardens workshops at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail on June 9. He'll demonstrate his watercolor techniques during the class.

VAIL – If it’s June in Vail, it must be time to express one’s self at America’s highest botanical garden.

Instructors from The Art Center in Gypsum will offer free demonstrations of their painting techniques on three Wednesdays in June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens; and local yoga instructor Maria DeSimone is back with her popular classes on Mondays and Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m.

“As part of our mission to provide educational opportunities to garden visitors, we’re excited to have instructors from The Art Center here at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens,” said Ann Kurronen, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens’ executive director. “And Maria’s yoga classes have become very popular.”

On Wednesday Mio Cirkovic will demonstrate techniques for oil painting. A self-taught artist born and raised in Europe, Cirkovic is an award-winning architectural designer/draftsman, as well.

The Art Center’s Patrick Espy will demonstrate his watercolor techniques on June 9. A prolific Vail Valley painter and architect, Espy’s art has been in galleries, shows, publications and collections from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast.

And June 23, The Art Center’s Amy Dose of Eagle demonstrates techniques for painting with acrylics. A decorative painter, faux finisher and muralist – and a founding member of the Eagle Valley Artist Alliance – Dose finds her greatest inspiration from Japanese calligraphy.

“This discipline, more than any other, shaped what painting has become for me,” Dose said.

DeSimone’s one-hour Anusara classes, meanwhile, are conducted every Monday and Friday, starting June 7 and continuing throughout the summer. Open to everyone, including beginners, classes cost $12; attendees should bring their own mat.

For the complete 2010 Betty Ford Alpine Gardens events schedule or more information, call 970-476-0103, ext. 3, or visit

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