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Oh say, can you see?

Wren Wertin
The Parade

In order to celebrate all of the star-spangled hoopla that surrounds Independence Day, the Eagle Valley Library District is hosting simultaneous patriotic art shows, “Stars and Stripes,” in the three local libraries in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum. An artists reception at the Avon Library kicks off the event today from 5-7 p.m.

As artists are wont to do, they took the theme of the show and went in their own directions. Some opted for traditional symbolism, whereas others captured the ideals that help make up the great American dream.

Painter Sue Dangler is one of the artists showing at Avon. A folk artist, she began painting between 40 and 50 years ago.

“I needed something to keep me out of trouble, off the streets,” she said.

Her painting shows a scene out of a parade, full of flag waving, music playing and bright colors. She prefers the primitive look of folk art.

“A lot of people in third world countries are self taught,” she explained. “And folk art is just so beautiful.”

Dangler will have a solo show at the library in August. She’s also at the Minturn Market on Saturdays.

Holly Roof teaches at Colorado Mountain College, and is a full-time artist. She’s showing two pieces in the Eagle Library, a woodblock print and a painting. The painting is called “Skipping Stones.”

“It’s a young boy, who has obviously been skipping stones,” said Roof. “My work (in this show) has more to do with motherhood and apple pie.”

For Roof, the work always begins as an idea, though she’s open to changing her direction as the work develops.

“I see the picture in my head,” she said.

Roof is also a sculptor, and shows her work at Plaza Gallery in Vail. She likes to work in marble, and makes to-scale models in clay first.

In Gypsum, a “Firecracker” craft show adorns the walls, in addition to a couple of paintings by Annie Gibbons.

“The kids made little firecrackers out of toilet paper rolls,” said Julie Richards, branch manager. “They did it as part of the summer reading program.”

All artwork will be up through the end of the month. For more information, contact the libraries.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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