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Local art on display in Cordillera

by Aggie Zaremba

It all started when six women, living up in Cordillera, decided to get together and share their painting experiences with each other.

“We formed an informal club called the Cordillera Artists Society,” said Cindy Youse, one of the artists participating in the show. “We’ve wanted to do that for quite a while. This year, we all happened to be here at the same time and it finally worked.”

Artists from Cordillera plan to continue working together and organizing similar events every year.

“It’s our first annual,” said Susan Applebaum. “This valley inspires and encourages art. This show gives an opportunity to meet some local artists and see different types of local, handmade art.”

Future exhibits will also feature artwork of guest artists from outside the valley.

“Every year, our show will host a different guest artist,” said Youse.

Most of the founders of the Cordillera Artist Society are plein air painters. Thus Monday’s exhibit will abound with oil paintings and watercolors. Additionally, it will feature pencil drawings, painted note cards and clay pieces.

“We’ll have between 50-60 paintings hanging on the walls of the clubhouse,” said Youse. “I myself will have about 20 oil paintings of Colorado landscape, people and animals. They are realistic rather than abstract pieces.”

Denise Delaney is also an oil painter. She calls her style “representative” and she portrays both people and local scenery.

“I like to capture drama in whatever I paint,” she said. “I use sharp colors to achieve it.”

Susan Applebaum is fascinated by western traditions. Thus cowboys and cowgirls are a frequent motif of her pencil drawings, handmade note cards and clay vases.

The Summit Clubhouse in Cordillera will turn into a western art capitol on Monday between 6-8 p.m. The show will be complimented with refreshments and a cash bar. For more information call the Club at Cordillera at 926-3111.

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