Redstone Art Show returns for 20th year
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Who: Redstone Art Foundation
What: Redstone Art Show
When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
Where: Lawn of the Redstone Inn
How Much: Free admission
Karen Alldredge, basket weaving
Jimmie Benedict, wearable art
Betsy Blackard, pastels
Kay Cochran, clay sculpture
Cindy Cole, jewelry
Betty Daniel Eschenroeder, beaded jewelry
Ernest Delto, watercolor landscapes
Karey Grant, felting
Bob Kausch, photography
Andrew Legersky, graphite, pen and ink
Jan Legersky, functional pottery
Steve Legersky, pastels
Ricky Lee Lively, oils of aviation and western
Jeannie jay Martin, fiber food art
Jim mason, earth, steel, wood sculptures
Roberta McGowan, western photography
Judy Milne, watercolors
David Moore, wood turning
Mary Noone, acrylic paintings, notecards
Vallee Noone, paper cutouts
Amber Palochak Sparkles, masks
Elizabeth Riecks, animal portraits
Libby Riger, water soluble oils
Laura Roberts, mixed media collage
Betts Rodden, oil floral paintings
Lesa Russo, photography on tile
Kyle Samuelson, historical landscape oils
Carol Schneider, watercolor
Roberta Stokes, acrylics
Natalie Terrell, mixed media and acrylic
Pam Wadsworth, fused glass and sterling silver jewelry
Aundrea Ware, acrylic 3-dimensional painting
Debbie Wells, alcohol ink painting, gourd pyrography
Larry White, furniture
Jessie Wylie, pastels and charcoal
SCHEDULE OF DEMONSTRATIONS AND BOOK SIGNINGS
10:30 a.m.: Mary Noone, acrylic painting demonstration
1:30 p.m.: Jeannie Jay Martin, The Fabric Chef, “Changing Fabric into Bread”
3 p.m.: Charlotte Graham Whitney signing her book, “Memoirs of a River...Up the Cyrstal”
1:30 p.m.: Natalie Terrell, expressionist, colorist
4:30 p.m.: 20th anniversary celebration party with bluegrass music by Old Time Jukebox and cake under the Redstone Inn backyard canopy
10:30 a.m.: Libby Riger, water soluble oils demonstration accompanied by John Riger’s musical stylings
1 p.m.: Pamela Porter signing her children’s book “The Magic Cookbook”
2 p.m.: Karen Alldredge, basket weaving demonstration
The picturesque town of Redstone is a work of art in itself, but this Labor Day weekend on the lawn of the Redstone Inn, work from 35 artists will be on display and for sale for the 20th annual Redstone Art Show.
But the show features more than just two tents full of artwork; there will also be a variety of artist demonstrations, a couple of book signings, live music from Old Time Jukebox and fun for the kids all weekend long.
The Redstone Art Show is put on by the Redstone Art Foundation every year, said foundation president Betty Bradley.
“It’s been 20 years since they had their first art show at the Redstone Inn,” Bradley said. “The first one, just a little group from the community got together and said, ‘Let’s have an art show.’ And they did, and it was really a success. In fact, the room was so small that they said, ‘Let’s move this to the summertime when more people can come.’ So they moved it to Labor Day weekend, and that’s when it’s been ever since, on the lawn of the Redstone Inn under a couple of big white tents.”
While the art show has grown a bit over 20 years — from 22 artists to 35 — Bradley said it could easily be bigger if there were more room in Redstone. But sometimes less is more, and part of the festival’s charm is its intimacy. Besides, the quality and variety of work is kept high, Bradley said.
“We have a real assortment of artists,” she said. “They do all kinds of things.”
Among the 35 artists are painters, sculptors, functional potters, woodworkers, jewelers, basket weavers, fabric artists and more. It may not have as many participants as Glenwood’s Fall Art Festival has had in the past, and it may not have endless booths like Mountain Fair in Carbondale, but the Redstone Art Festival certainly does not suffer from a lack of variety.
Plus, attendees can feel good knowing a percentage of their purchase will go toward a good cause.
Any commission that the Redstone Art Foundation makes on artwork sold will go toward a scholarship fund for Roaring Fork High School students who are going on to study art in college. Last spring, Bradley said the foundation was able to give $6,000.
“All the profits from the art show go to that scholarship fund,” Bradley said. “We gave four scholarship this past spring to four really good-looking young artists. It’s amazing what those kids can turn out. Most of the scholarships go to kids that are going into sciences, and since we’re an art foundation, we thought we’d pick a young, up-and-coming artist to help out.”
In addition to beautiful art for a cause, what has kept Bradley coming back year after year is the community and the volunteers that make the event happen. Some volunteers even come from out of state just to be a part of the festival.
“Our little town has a hard time getting enough volunteers to put on the show, but people that have done it before, they’re so loyal to us that they come back,” Bradley said. “Our head cashier is from Chicago now, but she’s coming in this week.
“It’s so fun,” she continued. “The volunteers are just so giving with their time, and it’s a fun thing to do. It has a party feel to it.”
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