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Vail Arts Festival: Bringing the old West to life

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Arts Festival preview: Becky Donatucci's "Red Chair"

VAIL, Colorado –The featured artist at this year’s Vail Arts Festival in Vail, Colorado – Becky Donatucci – uses her art to bring the old west to life. Her hand-painted photograph, “Red Chair,” speaks to her love of Colorado and the Southwest, where she was born and raised. The “Red Chair” was photographed at the ghost town of Ashcroft near Aspen. Her husband and “sherpa,” Rob, carried the tea set to various sites, and it appears in some of her other photos. They frequently go four-wheeling to Colorado’s ghost towns to study Colorado’s rich history and find interesting photographic subjects.

Donatucci hand paints her photographic prints mainly with watercolors and oils. Many of her original pieces, matted and framed, are currently on display at the Vail Valley Jet Center. “Red Chair” will be featured on the 2009 Vail Arts Festival commemorative poster and other merchandise.

Vail Daily: What is your favorite piece?

Becky Donatucci: My favorite piece has always been the “Red Chair” but I have a new piece this year, which was shot near Leadville, called “Rancho Escondido” and is now my new fave!”

VD: What inspires your work?

BD: I try to capture little pieces of history before they disappear and put my own vision to it with paint. Many of my images are places that are on the brink of disappearing. I also restore historical images and bring them back to life.

VD: What brings you to the Vail Arts Festival?

BD: This will be my first year at the Vail Arts Festival and I’m very excited about sharing work at this venue.

To see more of Dontucci’s work, visit

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