Vail Valley Art Guild recaps its first year, looks forward |

Vail Valley Art Guild recaps its first year, looks forward

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Joan Willoughby, Marjory Wilson and Christina Wilhelm at an art show at the Vail library.
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If you go ...

What: Membership meeting for Vail Valley Art Guild.

When: 6 p.m. March 19.

Where: Singletree Pavilion, Edwards.

Cost: Annual membership fee for the guild is $30. The meeting is free.

More information: Visit or contact Joann Carhart Levy at 970-471-0843 or Bobbi Bryson at 970-390-7680.

EAGLE COUNTY — Last year, 2014, was an exciting year for the Vail Valley Art Guild. Ten local artists established the Eagle County visual art group in Feb. 2014. During the summer of 2014, the organization obtained its 501c3 nonprofit status. The guild includes over 70 members, both full and part-time residents, all of whom are local artists representing a variety of art mediums.

Exhibits were hosted at various valley venues this past year, including Vail, Avon and Gypsum libraries, the Alpine Arts Center and the Bohemian Gallery at the Beaver Creek Lodge. In September, the inaugural Art & Jazz exhibit was held at Colorado Mountain College with over 30 local artists exhibiting.

In December, Mason Torry, VVAG member, opened his Art of The Valley Gallery in Chapel Square, Avon with members Mio Cirkovic, Andrea Roth Moore and Marjory Wilson among the roster of artists represented.

This past summer and fall VVAG hosted painting days at a variety of locations in the Valley. Members enjoyed majestic views at a private residence on Bellyache Ridge, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, a private residence in Eagle, a private ranch setting above Minturn and a working ranch in Lake Creek. Look for more painting days this coming summer.

VVAG hosted two workshops last year. Last winter, members enjoyed well-known artist from Evergreen Don Sahli’s Still Life workshop. Shawn Cornell, an oil painter from Missouri, presented a two-day workshop in June with members at Mayflower Gulch. Look for both of these artists in national art publications.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is currently seeking well known and local artists to create a workshop series this summer.

Member Programs

Artist member programs included a variety of programs available to VVAG members. Architect and landscape artist Mio Cirkovic and portrait artist Andrea Roth Moore provided art instruction at the Cordillera Cafe. Avid Marketing and Rick Spitzer provided marketing and art presentation guidance.

A member trip this fall to Matisse and Friends at the Denver Art Museum and the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens provided group members with inspiration. Ceramicist Ann Loper and Camille Scott, encaustics artist, provided member demonstrations. Members painted bowls for Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls at the Alpine Arts Center. The Frame Shop in Avon provided a class in Framing 101 with invaluable pointers for framing artwork and Cogswell Gallery was the scene for an informative gallery presentation by gallery director Jason Leach. Our unknown artist series continues to help members expand their knowledge and our Artist of the Month enables us to get to know our members.

Membership Renewal Time

As the VVAG approaches its first anniversary, it is membership renewal time and the group hopes to create more awareness of the guild. The VVAG offers networking for artists; the exchange of ideas and camaraderie among local artists has proven invaluable, along with promoting a commitment to visual arts in the valley. Photography is now a new part of the guild. Our Call for Photographers introductory meeting will be held at Singletree Pavilion on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Novice to professionals are welcome in all mediums of art and photography.

All interested artists may visit or contact Joann Carhart Levy at 970-471-0843 or Bobbi Bryson at 970-390-7680. The annual fee is $30. A membership meeting is scheduled for March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Singletree Pavilion. All artists and photographers are encouraged to attend.

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