Season turns Vail Valley artists inward |

Season turns Vail Valley artists inward

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley art: "Day of the Dead," by Patrick Espy.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –A smiling skeleton engulfed in flames, a spooky haunted house lit by a full moon and a monster-masked Bohemian. It’s not the scene of a haunted house, but rather an Eagle Valley Artist Alliance art exhibit on display at the Avon Library.

The Vail Valley exhibit, which includes around 20 pieces, has been up since the beginning of the month. An artist reception celebrating the Day-of-the-Dead/Halloween-themed exhibit is set for Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful exhibit,” said Kelly Mitchell, the Avon Library staffer who organizes the art exhibits in the community room. “I’m really impressed by the caliber of artists. I’m like, ‘Really? These people live here?'”

Robin Nash, a member of the Artist Alliance, helped organize the event and came up with the theme.

“The fall colors and changing of the light and temperature inspires us to turn in, contemplate the changes of the past year, and remember those who have gone before,” she wrote on her blog. “The ancients believed that this is when the veils between the worlds of the living and the dead are the thinnest.”

For artist and organizer Patrick Espy, the event has been a successful one.

“The day the Vail Daily article came out, people were calling me asking me how much it would cost to buy my painting,” he said.

Many of the artists displaying work at the library will be on hand for the event. There will also be a free kids craft and a jack-o-lantern contest. Attendees should bring their carved, painted or otherwise embellished pumpkins to the event for a chance to win prizes like gift certificates to Loaded Joe’s in Avon, Scully’s in Eagle-Vail, Kidtopia in Eagle and Wishes Toy Store in Avon. There are three age categories: up to 10 years old; 11 to 18; and 19 and up.

The exhibit will be coming down on Friday, Espy said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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