The Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s 51st Fall Art Festival celebrates five homegrown artists who grew up in the area from Carbondale to New Castle, graduated from local high schools and made their decision to become professional artists as young adults.
Each of these artists had the Fall Art Festival as his first show and each received many awards, sold paintings and several received modest guild art scholarships at the time. Each of these artists is remarkable in his own right. Collectively they represent what the Glenwood Springs Art Guild has promoted for more than 50 years — fine art, creativity, encouragement and an opportunity for exhibition of original art.
Special guests for the 2013 show include Dean Bowlby, Lanny Grant, Hiram Richardson, Dan Sprick and Dan Young.
The “Rembrandt of the Valley,” Dan Sprick is an internationally recognized artist whose work often sells for seven figures. Dan’s ultra realistic oil paintings expand old dialogs of still life and intimate interiors that began in the Renaissance. His most recent gift to Glenwood Springs is an 8-foot-by-10-foot painting of the Colorado River gracing the entrance to Valley View Hospital Calaway-Young Cancer Center. Dan was raised in Glenwood Springs and graduated GSHS. He began exhibiting at the Fall Art Festival in 1972.
Dean was raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. The rural upbringing encouraged a wonder love for his surroundings. From his intimate café scenes to his grand paintings of Mount Sopris in commercial spaces, Dean’s work is very well-known in the valley and beyond. He has made significant contributions to many charitable efforts, most recently the Inspired To Heal campaign at the Valley View cancer center. Dean currently resides in Silt.
Dan Young grew up in rural western Colorado. He enjoys painting the rural life of the West, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He clings strongly to the importance of painting from life.
“For me it is not about the details of a scene. It’s the emotion of the moment that I’m after,” says Young. Dan’s work was also featured in the Inspired to Heal Campaign.
Raised on a ranch outside Newcastle, Hiram Richardson’s works are representative of his real-life experiences of western culture. He began illustrating books for Fawcett Publishing in 1976. Since then he has worked for every major publishing company. Hiram has illustrated books for: Orson Scott Card, Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Luke Short, Leon Uris, Ian Slater, Norah Lofts, Alistair MacLean, Jeffrey Archer, Joseph Wambaugh, and the Doc Savage series.
Native Colorado plein air artist Lanny Grant developed an early love and respect for the mountains surrounding his father’s ranch near the small Western Slope town of Silt. Lanny travels by horse and pack mule to paint in the remote high country of Colorado, Wyoming and Canada. The quality of light in the alpine country and clarity of color come through in Grant’s paintings, drawing the viewer into them. He is also an important part of Alpine Search and Rescue teams.
Celebration and recognition
The five Mountain Men who paint will be participating in the Fall Art Festival from Sept. 25-29 at the Ramada Inn. A special announcement and introduction of the artists, parents and families began the celebration on Patrons Night on Sept. 24.
The show itself features original fine art produced by more than 250 artists, including painting, sculpture and pottery, with artist demonstrations.
The 51st Annual Fall Art Festival is one of the most popular non-juried art shows in Colorado. It is open to the public:
• Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3-10 p.m. main gallery, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. bargain bin
• Thursday, Sept. 26 – Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 29, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The main gallery
The main gallery features original artwork: landscape, still life, floral, abstract, portrait-figure, animal, sculpture and pottery are the main categories. With more than 1,000 pieces of art, the gallery is astonishing and sure to please. A wide range of prices suits every budget.
Famous bargain bin
In addition to the main gallery, the Bargain Bin features the same artists as the main gallery. It is all original art with a price limit of $125. The Bargain Bin allows artists to offer additional pieces for sale and allows the buyer to get a great deal. Typically there are more than 2,000 items from which to choose.
Demonstrations by judges
Notable Colorado artists judge the show and offer demonstrations, which are open to the public.
Support art education
The Fall Art Festival is the single fundraising event for the Glenwood Springs Art Guild. Proceeds are used to encourage art education through grants, scholarships and donations to schools, nursing homes and recovery centers. Purchases help support both existing and aspiring artists.
Grants are awarded to 31 schools and nonprofits from Basalt to Parachute, in addition to these scholarships:
• $10,000 for Rocky Mountain College of Art And Design
• $3,500 for senior from Aspen to Parachute majoring in art
• $1,500 for senior from Aspen to Parachute for art classes