Vail Symposium offers workshop with renowned painter |

Vail Symposium offers workshop with renowned painter

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

On Saturday the Vail Symposium will host a special painting workshop with award-winning artist, Margaretta Gilboy. This master class will explore still life as an avenue to expressive from and content. Gilboy explained participants will be encouraged “to compose and paint a work that connects to both the long history of still life as a significant expressive genre and to a deep personal expression.”

“I regard still life as a stage … What is the story and where is the action? How do we create a still life with particular relevance for our time and experience?” writes Gilboy.

Still life, long regarded as one of the more intellectual forms of painting, has been among Gilboy’s primary concerns for over 30 years. Her arrangements are deep, dramatic, and dynamic, capable of giving meaning and evoking emotion to even the most ordinary objects, materials, and contexts. Gilboy unites the everyday with the extreme in a “drama of happenstance,” enticing prosaic occurrences to reach new strength of expression and meaning.

The Boulder-based painter is also known for her use of “pictures within pictures,” as well as her lucidity in use of color. The objects within her compositions are ambiguous, enticing viewers to ponder their experience of physical things. Her use of color balances these dramas, with a sweet yet frank tone of voice.

Gilboy graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in Pennsylvania, and later became a Master of Fine Art at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has received numerous awards and grants, including the Eugene M. Kayden Colorado Arts Award. She has enjoyed over 20 solo exhibitions and several dozen group and juried exhibitions around the country. Her work has appeared in some of the industry’s most prestigious publications, as well as numerous private and public collections, including The Denver Art Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gilboy began teaching art in 1986 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and continues to instruct in both Pennsylvania as well as Colorado, for the Art Students League of Denver.

The workshop will take place at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Tickets are $60 for Vail Symposium contributors and $65 for all others. Attendees are asked to bring a still life object of some significance to them, visual and psychological, a cloth, and lunch. For reservations, call the Vail Symposium at 476-0954, or purchase tickets on-line at

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