Art @ your library

Vail Public Library proudly displays local artists’ work in our fireplace on a rotating schedule. Public viewing is available during library hours.

If you are interested in displaying your work, please contact Sandy Rivera at 970-479-2331 or

January 2021

Barbara Holden

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, colored pencils, watercolors, 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.

February 2021

Charmayne Benhardt

Charmayne works primarily in watercolor but also does charcoal, acrylic and oil paintings.  She does many paintings for the US Forest Service and the Town of Vail with educational illustrations of nature.  These can be seen around Vail, hiking trailheads, Piney Lake, Sylvan Lake, Vail Mountain and Ford Park along Gore Creek and many parks.  These help people understand the importance of taking care of this wonderful place we live.  She also paints labels for Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, does paintings for cards, and has illustrated children’s and medical books, as well as private commissions.  She was classically trained at an “old masters” art school and is grateful for a strong foundation in drawing and fundamentals.  Charmayne has lived her since the early 70s and never tires of the wonder around her.

March 2021

Trisha Donovan,

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 a 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.

April 2021

Jessica Wright 

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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