Art show for Earth Day |

Art show for Earth Day

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Thirty-two top local artists are exhibiting artwork at the Earth Day Art Show, beginning with the artists’ reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Aspen Valley Community Foundation office, 801 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. The artists will be in attendance, and participants may get to know the artists and partake of food and beverages.

The perfect setting for the art show is the beautiful office of the Aspen Community Foundation, with intricate architectural details everywhere you look and gigantic windows letting in wonderful light. It is a benefit for the Aspen Valley Land Trust.

Viewers may appreciate and purchase the artwork of local artists including Dan Sprick, Dean Bowlby, Mary Noone, Marcia Fusaro and Walter Gallacher during the reception Friday night, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, as well as from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 20 -23.

The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Earth Day, the Art of Conservation,” with works including landscapes and three-dimensional sculptures, all relating to organic or outdoor materials.

Half the proceeds will be designated for the Aspen Valley Land Trust, and half will go to the artists.

The Earth Day Art Show began five years ago by artist Mary Noone and Aspen Valley Land Trust Executive Director Martha Cochran, with the intent to provide an event for Glenwood Springs celebrating Earth Day.

“For the first one, Mary and I called all the artists we could think of to be part of this exhibit,” said Cochran. “Most of the artists come back year after year. Now we have an e-mail list to send the word out.”

“It’s always an inspiration to see how artists relate to the land and to open spaces,” she continued. “This year’s theme of the ‘Art of Conservation’ will be particularly interesting because several of the paintings are of conserved properties. The sculptures and other forms of art are made from organic materials or somehow relate to the land. It is a wonderful group of talented artists who very generously support AVLT’s mission to conserve land.”

Purchasers will be asked to wait to pick up their artwork until Sunday afternoon, but organizers will make exceptions if the purchaser is from out-of-town.

Aspen Valley Land Trust is Colorado’s oldest land trust and has helped landowners conserve more than 30,000 acres of scenic open space, agricultural lands and wildlife habitat in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.

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