Four artists win Vail contest |

Four artists win Vail contest

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailySusan Westwood's impressionisitc portait of a sculpture was one of the winners in Vail's outdoor painting contest

VAIL, Colorado – Four talented artists – Susan Westwood, Maggie McManus, Nancy Rondeau and Nancy Ann Dreaseon – won the second annual town of Vail Art in Public Places outdoor painting contest.

The contest, held on June 20 in Ford Park, was part of a celebration of the Summer of Sculpture exhibition and Betty Ford Alpine Garden’s Summer Solstice celebration.

The artists, with a variety of backgrounds, came from as far as Denver to take part in the event, which was cut short due to rain. Painting outdoors has its challenges, said Marc LeVarn, a judge and co-owner of Vail International gallery.

“It takes years of dedication to become a competent plein aire artist and there is certainly no better place to hone ones craft than the Vail Valley,” he said.

To qualify, artists had to paint on site and include the sculpture “Arc 228.5° Arc x 5” featured in the Summer of Sculpture exhibition in the composition. The contest welcomed all styles and mediums.

The winning artworks will be on display through mid-July at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens gift shop, Alpine Treasures, located on Gore Creek Promenade in Vail Village. All paintings are for sale.

Art in Public Places Summer of Sculpture exhibition featuring 228.5° Arc x 5 by renowned French artist Bernar Venet will be on display in Ford Park through 2010.

For additional information on the exhibition, winning artists or summer pubic art walking tours, contact Leslie Fordham at 970-479-2344 or visit

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