‘Faces and Places’ on display at Avon Public Library through September | VailDaily.com

‘Faces and Places’ on display at Avon Public Library through September

Local artist Joan Willoughby painted this piece of a metal rooster guarding a local garden like a proud sentinel. Willoughby will be displaying her work in the Vail Valley Art Guild exhibit titled "Faces and Places" at the Avon Public Library through September.
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What: “Faces and Places,” a Vail Valley Art Guild exhibit featuring work from Linda Sneath and Joan Willoughby.

When: Reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, with food prepared by the Minturn Senior Center; artwork is on display through the month of September.

Where: Avon Public Library, 200 Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Call 970-949-6797.

AVON — Eagle Valley library venues from Vail to Gypsum have been filled with many Vail Valley Art Guild artworks in the past few months, from paintings to photography and ceramics.

Keeping up the pace, another exhibit, titled “Faces and Places,” will be on display during the month of September at the Avon Public Library. This exhibit features some of the works of Linda Sneath and Joan Willoughby. Simultaneously, Sneath and Willoughby’s works may be seen at the second-annual Vail Valley Fine Art Show at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

About Sneath

Sneath has a strong bent for portraiture, the “faces” portion of the show. She is a grandmother who has been working diligently at obtaining an associate’s degree in art. As part of her painting journey, she has done her own original paintings, as well as some renderings of famous artists. One of her favorites is Mary Cassatt and her painting “Sarah in a Green Bonnet.”

Last year, Sneath won a ribbon for Best Figurative painting at the Vail Valley Fine Art Show at CMC. She said she also enjoys painting the strong features of Native Americans. Sneath has many, many paintings that she has done during her years at CMC and before displayed in her home, and this is her first exhibit of some of these works.

About Willoughby

Willoughby has been a local resident for 15 years. Upon retiring and moving here, she decided to return to her love of doing art and began taking workshops from Stephen Quiller in Creede, followed by painting courses at CMC and other workshops. She has shown her paintings in several shows throughout the valley.

Willoughby usually works in either watercolors or acrylics but recently has enjoyed the fluidity of inks. She will be displaying examples of each of these mediums at the Avon library exhibit. Her interests are eclectic in that she enjoys landscapes or objects in a landscape, such as garden ornaments, flowers or animals, hence the “places” part of the show title.

One of Willoughby’s paintings, “Please Leave Your Shoes By the Door,” was purchased by CMC for their permanent collection. That painting was also featured in this summer’s edition of Rocky Mountain Reflections, a publication in which she has had paintings featured over the past two years. In this, her second year participating in the Vail Valley Fine Art Show at CMC, she received a ribbon for Best of Show for an abstract painting.

In addition to being asked to participate for the past two years in Vail’s Art in Public Places exhibit, Willoughby’s work has been in many Vail and Avon library shows, at the Bohemian Gallery and the Art Gallery at Keystone and is currently in Art of the Valley Gallery in Avon.

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