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Vail Valley Art League hosts silent auction at Art on the Rockies, July 8-10

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Art on the Rockies returns to Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Friday through Sunday, July 10, and with that returns the Vail Valley Arts League's annual silent art auction.

"The professional artists of the Art on the Rockies festival generously donate artwork that we have up for auction during the festival," said Alison Everett, who co-chairs the event with Jim Krzyzaniak. "It is a community favorite that we all look forward to each year."

This sixth annual auction will raise money for the Children's Art Discovery Program. The auction tents, with more than 90 art pieces and donations from local businesses, are set up in the center of the festival on the Colorado Mountain College campus.

About the Artists

One of the paintings donated to the auction comes from Colorado Springs painter Suz Stovall. The artist explores color through vibrating color fields and thin, spontaneous lines, and the abstract, urban artifact piece up for auction was created with acrylics on paper and additions of graphite, pen and oil pastel.

Stovall is a university-trained artist, having studied graphics and painting at the University of Memphis. As a full-time studio artist, her ceramics have won numerous awards at prestigious shows such as the American Craft Council show. She was also featured in several national magazines, as well as one-woman and small-group shows.

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Another of the donated pieces is a humorous, figurative robot made by artist Doug Brannan from recycled, found objects. Throughout Brannan's broadcast career in the Phoenix area, he dabbled in the arts, drawing and painting as a hobby. A few years ago, he found himself seeking a new challenge and decided to combine a love for art with an interest in collecting unique items he would find in antique shops, thrift stores and yard sales.

"Items that some might think of as junk, I value as treasured found objects to be used in my new endeavor, creating assemblage art, recycled robot sculptures," Brannan said. "I call them 'Refried Robots,' and their sole mission is to bring a smile to the face of those who share a fascination for seeing old, unused items turned into something new and entertaining for art lovers of all ages."

The auction also features many accessories, textiles and clothing, including jewelry from Diana Ferguson, which shows a playful style — it's classic luxury with a twist.

"My 'Petals to the Metal' collection was inspired by my experiments with origami folding, where I learned the sculptural potential for heavyweight cotton rag paper," Ferguson said. "By hand patterning such paper, sculpting it and combining it with high-tech anodized aluminum, I've come up with a unique take on the statement earring — lightweight, colorful, comfortable."

The auction begins Friday at noon, and sponsor Korbell Champagne will offer a free champagne toast for all from 3:30 to 5 p.m. that day during the Korbell Friday Afternoon Art Walk, with free brut and rose champagne available to anyone 21 and older at the auction tents. The auction continues Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Along with artwork from more than 130 artists, the annual Art on the Rockies festival also features food trucks, ethnic foods and the air-conditioned Jasmine's home cooking cafe inside the college. Crazy Mountain Brewery sponsors the event, and DJ Uncon Sci will be laying down some smooth summer beats. Learn more at http://www.vailartsfest.com.

If you go …

What: Art on the Rockies silent auction.

When: Tents are open noon to 5 p.m. Friday, July 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Visit http://www.vailartsfest.com for more information and a list of artists participating in the festival.