Art @ your library

Vail Public Library proudly displays local artists’ work in our Community Room on a rotating schedule. Public viewing is available when Community Room is not in use.

If you are interested in displaying your work, please contact Sandy Rivera at 970-479-2331 or SRivera@vailgov.com


January 2020

Trisha Donovan,  January 2nd – 31st

Growing up in a family of painters and musicians, Patricia Donovan/TA Donovan developed an appreciation for and a devotion to art.  However, her passion for the arts percolated for years as she pursued a career in education – first as teacher and then as a principal.  While creating- with her faculty – an elementary school for the arts within the Littleton (Colorado) Public Schools, she began pursuing her own creativity.  Studying first at the Denver Art Museum and later at the Denver Art Students’ League, she found her way to figurative and landscape painting.  In her work, you will find the influences of Ron Hicks, Kim English and Michael Lynch, her teachers, who demonstrate movement, light, and drama in their paintings.  Viewers find that stories unfold in TA Donovan’s paintings – as light and shadows drift across the canvases.

February 2020

Christina “Chrissy” Daniels, February 1st – 29th

My work is an expression of my love for all things in nature. Growing up in Idaho family time was outdoor time. Imprints of the land and wildlife made lasting impressions on me. I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2008 to work at Piney Lake where I immediately fell in love with the Gore Range; I have been circling away and looking over my shoulder at those peaks ever since. I express my feelings and emotions best with color, and there is no shortage of it in my work. I strive to balance all that color in my work by making sure I pay close attention to the value scale and rhythm of the piece. The current series that will be at the library in February is all acrylic and carving on 24” x 24” plywood.

March 2020

Jacki Benson March 1st – 31st

Local Artist Jacqui Allen-Benson paints primarily in oil getting her inspiration from her faith and the beautiful Colorado Landscape.After serving in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War she attended college where she studied Horticultural Science with a particular emphasis on Soil Science and Landscape Design.  After moving to Colorado in 1978 she was drawn to Faith based social work.  After spending many years in that profession she joined her husband Hugo Benson in their printing business OG Printer in Gypsum where she has worked for the past 19 years. She has been occasionally using her professional design; gardening and self taught painting skills for stress relief. Although still working part time at the print shop doing the direct mailing piece because she is the only certified “Mail quality control specialist”. She has begun what she jokes is her 9th life. Currently she has sold much to her surprise 12 pieces of her art work. “People always buy the pieces I like best so than I have to paint another one” All of Jacqui’s paintings have faces for which it is fun to find in the landscapes.  Her subject matter consists mostly of local spots that she re-landscapes in her paintings to suit herself trying to show you all the faces sharing this world with you.

April 2020

Barbara Holden April 1st – 30th

I am teaching botanical art in my home and gave a course in botanical art at the Betty Ford Botanical Garden last year. I teach accurate drawing skills and work with graphite pencils, coloured pencils, water colours, and pen & ink. My background is an AB degree from Vassar College, MA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and many years of taking courses in the Field Study Institutes in Great Britain: Flatford Mill, Preston Martin and Juniper Hall. I have taken many botanical workshops through ASBA, at conferences and courses in Denver and in Cape Cod. Recently, I have been studying local Colorado plants through courses given by the CSU extension service in the Vail Valley region.I teach small classes for adults only.

 

May 2020

Nancy Rondeau May 1st – 31st

Rondeau seeks to create her own impressions of the landscape, capturing the atmosphere of the subject with carefully mixed color, use of the texture and rhythm of the brush stroke and above all, bringing the freshness of the out-of-doors to the canvas.Among her paintings are several watercolors painted last summer in the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. One hundred percent of the purchase price of these paintings will be contributed to the BFAG in the purchaser’s name.

 

 

June 2020

Vail Valley Art Guild June 1st – 30th

The Ranch Project

Members of the Vail Valley Art Guild have spent the past year photographing and painting 16 ranches in Eagle County. So many of us are familiar with the scenery that surrounds our local ski resorts or abuts Interstate 70 and Highway 6 that we do not consider the vast amount of land dedicated to the local ranching community. Eagle County ranches vary in what animals are raised, crops produced and numbers of employees necessary to keep these operations functioning. Over 50 artists and photographers visited these local ranches during 2018 and 2019. We did not reach all of the ranches during this period and intend to expand our coverage in the near future. Why is this project important? The local ranches are an important cultural landscape defining “The American West” and many are currently in danger of being bought up by developers. We can already see the results along the I-70 corridor. The Vail Valley Art Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching lives through promoting the visual arts in Eagle County. All art in this exhibit is for sale. If you are interested in a particular painting or photograph, contact Andrew Pranger (M-Thurs, 9am – 4pm) at 970-569-2906.

July 2020

Raj Manickam July 1st – 31st 

I work on photo essays in a digital format. Whenever there is a story to be told, I capture a series of photos. Naturally, the subjects that draw my lens remain diverse. As an effort to bring ‘repurposing’ to my work, I have begun to use decommissioned frames which gives them an extended life and a new outlook. With mentors and many well-wishers, I have become an unabashed light-seeking photographer. I confess ‘seeing more’ in sepia and in black and white, as you may notice in many of my work. It tends to remove the distraction and further discriminate my subject in a ‘better light’. Studying photography is a never-ending journey. I started at age 52 learning the ‘grammar’ of photography. As an amateur I consider myself being in grade school. That also means I am excited and look forward toward much more when I grow up! The dormant quest to shoot moments that prompt a second look has been activated as my sojourn captures continue.

August 2020

Olya Labuza August 1st – 31st

My name is Olya and i’ve been in the valley for over seven years. The beuty of the mountains pushed me back to my old hobby – painting.
This time I paint montains ranges on canvas and carboard with acrylic and oil paints.

 

 

September 2020

Vail Valley Art Guild June 1st – 30th

The Ranch Project

Members of the Vail Valley Art Guild have spent the past year photographing and painting 16 ranches in Eagle County. So many of us are familiar with the scenery that surrounds our local ski resorts or abuts Interstate 70 and Highway 6 that we do not consider the vast amount of land dedicated to the local ranching community. Eagle County ranches vary in what animals are raised, crops produced and numbers of employees necessary to keep these operations functioning. Over 50 artists and photographers visited these local ranches during 2018 and 2019. We did not reach all of the ranches during this period and intend to expand our coverage in the near future. Why is this project important? The local ranches are an important cultural landscape defining “The American West” and many are currently in danger of being bought up by developers. We can already see the results along the I-70 corridor. The Vail Valley Art Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching lives through promoting the visual arts in Eagle County. All art in this exhibit is for sale. If you are interested in a particular painting or photograph, contact Andrew Pranger (M-Thurs, 9am – 4pm) at 970-569-2906.

October 2020

TBD

November 2020

Charmayne Benhardt November 1st – 30th

Although artist and active Vail Public Library patron, Charmayne Bernhardt, lost sight in her right eye 7 years ago, she never gave up on her artistic abilities. Rather, she continues to paint and count her blessings everyday. She remains grateful for the ability to share her artwork with the Vail Valley, a place close to her heart.

December 2020

Jessica Wright December 1st – 31st

Through the technique of gestural abstraction, Jessica Wright invites us into a world of enchantment: a world of forested landscapes that are sometimes burning and bright and other times shrouded in mist. Self-taught, Jess has been painting since the age 12. About four years ago she abandoned the brush—after more than 25 years of work—and hit upon a “throwing” technique that employs acrylics, chopsticks and, of late, her own hands. Her paintings come to life with color and texture—and an immediacy that produces an almost child-like state of wonder and awe in the view

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