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 SRivera@vailgov.com


January 2022

Vail Valley Art Guild

The Vail Valley Art Guild was formed in 2014 in order to fill a need in the Vail Valley for an organization created by and for visual artists. Since its inception, the Vail Valley Art Guild has grown from 10 members to over 150 members, including over 70 photographers, many of whom are professionals. We offer the Vail Valley an opportunity to view the creativity of local oil, watercolor and acrylic painters, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastel artists, photographers, ceramicists, sculptors, jewelers, mixed media and paper artists. We believe that everyone deserves the right to access arts and culture and have an outlet for their creativity.

February 2022

Dan Allard

Dan has lived in the Vail Valley for almost 50 years. He has made a living designing and creating jewelry and paintings. He has been married to his wife Cindy, and together they have three grown children and three grandkids.
Dan Grew up in Davenport, Iowa taking art classes most of his life. He took up painting again once the COVID pandemic hit the world. Painting was a wonderful way to be creative and productive.
Dan is grateful for a great full life, loving friends and family, and all the outdoor activities our beautiful valley has to offer.

March 2022

Art from Battle Mountain High School

The art show for March 2022 will display Battle Mountain student artwork from all classes and grade levels. At BMHS we have an Intro to art class, Drawing/Painting, Graphic Design, Ceramics 1 & 2, Photography 1 & 2, Upper level Portfolio, and college level AP Studio art classes. Students were required to apply for the art show in a formal process that teaches them about the process in the real world. Students submitted a proposal with visuals justifying why they wanted to be in the art show. Some submitted school assignments and other artwork they made on their own outside of school. If accepted they also learned about the process of how to properly display their work. There is a broad range of materials and content displayed in this diverse art show representing our unique and talented student body.

April 2022

Lannie Pihajli

Lannie Pihajlic is an artist based just south of Denver. His work is diverse, from paintings to digital works, and sculpture. He has been lucky enough to have won numerous art awards and sells his artwork nationally. When not making art, he is teaching for his art education company, Art for Life Colorado. Art for Life Colorado taught over 300 children weekly before the pandemic. When not teaching or making art, he enjoys writing, public speaking and enjoying the great outdoors.

 

May 2022

Theresa Lugo 

Theresa Lugo is an artist who has shown her work extensively in Denver and internationally.  She loves colorful splashes and lyrical lines.

 

 

 

 

June 2022

Pushpa Mehta

My art is an expression of my heart and soul; a search for “Truth” and an admiration for nature and life.  I want my art to be purposeful, free and inspiring.
The will to continue with my art comes from the Loving  Heavenly Voice that tells me “keep up with your art”.  The driving force in my fingers to hold the brush and create original art is a gift of “True Love” from my family.
As I progress on the path of an artistic pilgrim, I seek to engage viewers into an artistic consciousness to love and respect Mother Earth.

July 2022

Jacqui Allen Benson

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 Corps 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 artwork. “People always buy the pieces I like best so then I have to paint another one” All of Jacqui’s paintings have faced for which 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.

August 2022

Raj Manikam

“What makes Raj Manickam’s work, so singular is his engagement between image and story. He strives to shine a light on the reality of the human experience through composition and honest storytelling.
Working within a unique “triangle” of context, Raj brings a synthesis of Fine Art, Story Telling, and Photo Journalism to his photography that is rarely seen in modern pictorial circles. His photos can often be seen as an attempt to recapture missed opportunities from the past while seeking to secure and preserve the present.
From spectacular landscapes to humorous everyday scenes and deeply personal moments, Manickam maintains a lightness of touch and an eye for the truth that sustains the difficult balance between the abstruse and the everyday. He uses the rich language of his eastern culture, and over two decades gained western point-of-view to draw in viewers and tell a uniquely framed story that only he can.”

September & October 2022

Summer Vail

 

November 2022

Charmayne Bernhardt

Charmayne Bernhardt 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 here since the early 70s and never tires of the wonder around her.

 

December 2022

Vail Valley Art Guild

The Vail Valley Art Guild was formed in 2014 in order to fill a need in the Vail Valley for an organization created by and for visual artists. Since its inception, the Vail Valley Art Guild has grown from 10 members to over 150 members, including over 70 photographers, many of whom are professionals. We offer the Vail Valley an opportunity to view the creativity of local oil, watercolor and acrylic painters, charcoal, pen and ink, and pastel artists, photographers, ceramicists, sculptors, jewelers, mixed media and paper artists. We believe that everyone deserves the right to access arts and culture and have an outlet for their creativity.

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