Ten Eagle County artists to see at Art on the Rockies
EDWARDS — Painters, sculptors, furniture designers, jewelers, ceramicists and photographers will participate in Art on the Rockies, taking place in Edwards July 10-12.
“Art on the Rockies is an art enthusiasts dream,” said organizer Colleen Everett. “(It offers) one hundred and thirty top national artists with their newest work on display, ready to interact with you.”
Three hundred and fifty artists applied to take part in the art festival and 10 local artists were chosen by the jury. Here’s a look at those 10:
1. Scott Burgess is a furniture designer and maker working in Avon. Burgess Fine Woodworking creates boldly crafted furniture and cabinetry. His work reflects a traditional heritage, learned from three generations of woodworking craftsmen.
“I was trained as an aerospace engineer,” Burgess said. “That training facilitates solutions to the toughest design challenges.”
2. Erin and Dan Carlson are a talented uncle and niece team who work with clay in Gypsum. The Crazed Peacock Studio, named for their incredible brightly colored glazes, focuses on functional pieces for the home and kitchen. The studio is a happy place and the pieces are made with love and laughter.
3. Joni Gotthelf has lived and worked in the Vail Valley all her life.
“It’s a serenely satisfying process to create such one-of-a-kind beauty by hand; quietly selecting and threading uniquely cut stones with high karat gold,” said Gotthelf, who lives in Edwards.
It’s a process she has perfected during a 30 year career in designing fine jewelry while working side by side with her designer husband, Paul. Since 1980, the two artists have owned four successful jewelry boutiques in Vail, Beaver Creek, Denver and Edwards.
4. Justin Greshko, of Edwards, focuses his visual storytelling largely on scenes that are synonymous with the Rocky Mountain mystique — from broad landscapes to specific flora and fauna. Using the natural beauty of found materials from the Rocky Mountains, Greshko crafts pieces that epitomize the modern, mountain aesthetic, while blazing a trail into new artistic territory. Greshko’s works blend “lodge” and “luxury” into the kind of rustic elegance that resonates in perfect harmony with the Mountain lifestyle.
5. Sophia Martin, born and raised in Vail, is a youthful jewelry designer, selling her fashion forward line on Etsy and in festivals. Color sparkles in a wired and inspired look.
6. Shen is a graffiti artist turned air brush painter who brings alive pop icons in vivid color and sophisticated style. She has been experimenting with many different types of media. While drawing from her wealth of technical and experiential knowledge, Shen has created a style that can be described as beautiful, carefree and sometimes poignant.
7. Photographer Steve Taylor lives and works at his studio in Eagle. Taylor’s nature photography has been juried into some of the finest art shows in the Southwest. Over 15 years of shooting has produced many memorable images imbued with saturated, glorious color.
8. Leigh Ann Van Fossan, a traditionally trained impressionist painter who preserves memories in paint, lives in Eagle. She has been published in Art Voices Magazine as a top talent.
“My process begins with incredible moments that I see from experience in many, many different settings, whether in my own backyard in the snow or looking at a boat in Italy. The moment has to grasp a hold of me, and then I can’t ignore it. I either bust out my painting supplies, if I have them, or bust out my camera and take as many pictures as I can to capture that moment. That’s where it all starts,” she said.
9. Rudy vanWell is a well-known, European trained goldsmith, bon vivant and avid cyclist who lives in Edwards. His line of elegantly-designed and technically-perfect pieces grace the collections of many avid collectors.
10. Carmel Walden is a water-colorist who is in step with the Colorado landscape.
“This love has been a part of me for as long as I can remember,” she said. “As a kid, long hikes around our Colorado ranch turned into marvelous adventures, always leaving me with an even greater desire to explore creation. My dad, a sculptor, and my mom, an inspirational admirer of beauty, often pointed out nature’s wonders so that we could celebrate them together. Whether it be the pattern of lichen on jagged rocks, the spots on an Aspen’s trunk, or the swirl of the wind, I became aware at an early age that these were gifts waiting to be received.”
You can see these local artists alongside an additional 120 top-tier, national art professionals at the annual Art on the Rockies festival. The event will be held at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on July 10, 11 and 12. The outdoor art exhibit is free. Visit http://www.artontherockies.org for more information.
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