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Gatherers, Summit County connect art with communities

Leslie Brefeld
Special to the Daily

KEYSTONE – The Gatherers descend upon Keystone’s Park Lane Pavilion this weekend to benefit The Summit Foundation and continue their goal of making connections with communities.The six original artists that make up the Gatherers banded together in Ohio in 1999. Texas resident Doug Ricketts, the featured artist of the eighth annual event, said it takes a while to produce and develop a show of this quality and complexity. It’s the only annual gathering for the group and The Summit Foundation and the community are large factors of its success.”It takes a real unique setting to get this caliber and type of show up and going and sustain it,” the furniture-maker said.”It’s a real high-art awareness area and there’s quite a bit of appreciation for the artists and what they put into their work … I get great feedback from the folks in Summit County,” he said.Artists stay with host families in town and local volunteers help set up and break down artist booths as well as lending a hand when things get busy.

Each participating artist – this year’s lineup includes 19 artists – have donated one piece to be auctioned off at the Friday night gala for 100 percent profits going to The Summit Foundation. During the Mountain Art Gathering over the weekend in Keystone, artists give 20 percent of each work’s price to The Summit Foundation. Ricketts likened it to the commission for showing their work and noted that the pricing is straightforward and upfront.The Gatherers’ arrangement with The Summit Foundation is exactly the kind of affair the group of artists wants.Ricketts described why the Gatherers’ got together in the first place.”We were looking for a way that we could present our art and still have some real close connections with communities. So much of the time when artists are asked to donate work, there’s quite a disconnect there. We were exploring ways to have more contact with the giving communities and still participate and give as an artist.”Over the year’s the show has generated considerable funds for The Summit Foundation,” he said.

It won’t only be out-of-towners presenting work this weekend. Local glassblower John Hudnut will be in attendance along with a few other glassblowers. Ricketts said the same medium is completely different between each artist, who each has their own style and approach.”The glass alone is going to be pretty exciting,” Ricketts said.The Mountain Art Gathering this weekend at the Keystone Pavilion is free to get in and there will be children’s art activities, live music and food and beverages for sale.Go to for an artist profile of Doug Ricketts.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or Vail, Colorado

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