New art exhibition debuts at Alpine Arts Center |

New art exhibition debuts at Alpine Arts Center

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EDWARDS — Polly Gentry and Rebecca Dierickx are featuring their artwork in a two-woman exhibition at Alpine Arts Center in Edwards this month. Both women have distinctly different and colorful styles, and both are new to showing their artwork in the Vail Valley. Join them for a gallery reception and happy hour on Friday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The gallery reception will include complimentary appetizers and a glass of wine. Both artists will be in attendance to talk with the public and give insight into their creative process. Families are also welcome to attend, and Alpine Arts Center will be open for regular drop-in art activities to keep children occupied during the gallery reception.

"We've had such a great response from customers about this art exhibit already," said Lauren Merrill, owner of Alpine Arts Center. "Polly Gentry's artwork is colorful and uplifting. Rebecca Dierickx's landscapes are expressive and beautifully capture our local scenery."

Dierickx was born and raised in Iowa. She moved to her husband's home state of Colorado and made Grand Junction her home after his retirement from the Army in 2012. The year before, she received her bachelor's of fine arts from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. While at Cameron, she had the privilege of studying with visiting artists, including Juliette Aristides from The Gage Academy in Seattle. Dierickx's favorite media to paint with are oils and soft pastels. She belongs to many professional organizations including Oil Painters of America as an associate member and Pastel Society of Colorado where she is currently one of the co-vice presidents.

“We’ve had such a great response from customers about this art exhibit already. Polly Gentry’s artwork is colorful and uplifting. Rebecca Dierickx’s landscapes are expressive and beautifully capture our local scenery.”Lauren MerrillOwner, Alpine Arts Center

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"I'm excited to be showing with Polly Gentry," Dierickx said. "I think it's wonderful we have an opportunity to display our art together, since we both have Midwestern roots and as adults we ended up in Colorado. Even though our art is very different, I feel our styles are complimentary of one another."

Gentry is a resident of Kansas and spends several months of the year in the Vail Valley area. She is new to the art world, with the Alpine Arts Center gallery exhibition being her first. She recently was awarded the William Dickerson Award for her painting at the Wichita Center for the Arts Student/Faculty exhibition. One of her multimedia pieces, "Finding Hearts" has been juried and selected for the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition.

In addition to the gallery reception, Gentry will be teaching a workshop during Alpine Arts Center's kids camp on Friday, Aug. 7. Registration is available online for children interested in learning about her technique and style.

For more information about the artists, gallery reception and other art offerings at Alpine Arts Center, please visit the website or call 970-926-2732.