Vail artist Carrie Fell hosts Children’s Garden of Learning workshop
VAIL – Renowned Western artist and local collaborator Carrie Fell again lends her expertise to preschool students attending The Children’s Garden of Learning in Vail. Created three years ago, the “Outside the Lines” art show offers the chance for students to experience working with an art master. Mentored by Fell, the children create vibrant, colorful canvases showcasing their vivid imaginations. Each preschooler paints and names his or her own canvas, and the finished product reveals how each child individually works to create a piece – the end result: No two canvases look alike. Fell’s new gallery in Solaris will be the site of the art show this year. Fell is excited that the children’s work will be her first official show in the new space.”Having this as my first official show in the new gallery is a thrill for me,” she said. “I have been working with some of these same children over the last three years, and it has only strengthened my commitment to the school. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with CGL again this year.” Community leaders, parents, parents of alumni and business owners in Vail are invited to the art show titled “Blooming Winter Garden.” The 2011 CGL Art Show is a cocktail event highlighted by the signature foods of local chef Richard A. Bailey, of TASTE 5 and CoCoBAR. The evening event will showcase the children’s art for sale, together with other generously donated items for auction. Now in its third year, this event has grown to become the school’s top fundraiser. Meredith Morris, a teacher at CGL, provides valuable leadership inside the school. Rallying the teachers to get involved, Morris offers encouragement to sell tickets and make sure everyone has a babysitter booked.”It’s an evening ‘out’ for the adults, and there is a lot of camaraderie between teachers and parents,” Morris said. “It gives us a chance to talk about their child’s experience while painting the pictures they are seeing in front of them that night.” Jenn Bruno, CGL alumni parent and creator of “Outside the Lines,” has quarterbacked getting this event off the ground for the past three years.”I’m just so happy with the community involvement,”she said. “Supporting this event means you are supporting both early-childhood education and arts education at the same time. We’ve seen incredible support.” The “Outside the Lines” Art Show Event will take place Thursday at the Carrie Fell Gallery in Solaris. For ticket information, visit http://www.childrensgarden-vail.com or call 970-476-1420.