Vail Valley Art Guild celebrates one-year anniversary Thursday

Vail Valley Art Guild members (left to right) Hatsie Hinmon, Mio Cerkovic, Louise Randall and Helen Beckwith paint in East Vail.
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What: First year anniversary celebration for Vail Valley Art Guild.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Singletree Pavilion, Edwards.

Cost: Annual membership is $30.

More information: Visit To attend the celebration, call Deborah Petersen at 970-290-0226.

EDWARDS — Last year was an exciting year for the Vail Valley Art Guild. Ten local artists established the Eagle County art group in February 2014. The Guild’s growing membership includes artists from a variety of mediums. A photography section, temporarily co-chaired by Rick Spitzer and Raymond Bleesz, was added in February. The group will celebrate its anniversary Thursday at the Singletree Pavilion in Edwards.

This past year, various local venues hosted exhibits, including all area libraries, the Alpine Arts Center and the Bohemian Gallery at the Beaver Creek Lodge. In September, the inaugural Art and Jazz Exhibit was held at Colorado Mountain College with over 30 local artists exhibiting. Presently, seven artists are exhibiting at Art of the Valley Gallery in Avon’s Chapel Square.

The Guild is sponsoring a two-day still life workshop, presented by well known artist Don Sahli on March 26 and 27. To register, go to http://www.painters

The Guild offers networking and camaraderie among local artists. They are looking forward to numerous programs this coming year. Planned events include an excursion to the Denver Art Museum for the exhibit “In Bloom,” a visit to CMC to view the vintage black and white photos from the Stranahan Collection, a plein air workshop on Aug. 26 and 27, weekly painting sessions taught by Mio Cerkovic and several outdoor painting days where artists will gather and paint at different locations including the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, private ranches in the area, Shrine Pass, Mayflower Gulch and Bellyache Ridge. Local artists of all levels are encouraged to join.

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