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March exhibit features work of Vail Valley Art Guild member Ursula Gilgulin

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What: “Flotsam Assemblages,” the art of Ursula Gilgulin.

When: Throughout the month of March; library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Call 970-949-6797.

AVON — Throughout the month of March, an exhibit titled “Flotsam Assemblages,” featuring the work of Vail Valley Art Guild member Ursula Gilgulin, will be on display at the Avon Public Library.

Flotsam is defined as unimportant miscellaneous material, the discarded cargo of life that reappears in remains as if washed ashore through time, and assemblage is a term invented in the early 1950s for works of art made of bits of things.

Evidence of Past Lives, Times



Walking 43 years in the Colorado Rockies has yielded the objects and treasures that make up Gilgulin’s assemblages. They are works made from items and evidence of past lives, places, animals, plants and seasons. Bits of rusted barbwire, forgotten pieces of plywood, bones, rusted metal, broken crockery, discarded plastic, driftwood, broken glass, old leather, etc., are retrieved and repurposed and come together to make these wall sculptures.

“That which remains attracts me as a magnet and finds its way to my studio,” Gilgulin said. “There, I sort the treasures and they become assemblages. I hike with a friend. She collects and recycles trash; I collect and recycle treasures. Treasure hunting is a joy and gift taught to me by my mother. Everywhere is a good and possible source.”

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The show includes assemblages from a number of her flotsam series: wreaths, arcs, junk drawers, bonkers, tray-trays and carry-alongs.

‘Childhood Dreams can come true’

Gilgulin teaches art at the Edwards and Leadville Colorado Mountain College campuses and online. She holds a both bachelor and master’s degrees in fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York, and is also a flight instructor and fixed base operator at Leadville Airport.



“Flying and art, childhood dreams can come true,” she said.


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