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Historic art retrospective features well-known Redstone artists

Redstone will have a special emphasis on art this Labor Day weekend. In addition to the annual art show sponsored by the Art Foundation, an Historical Art Retrospective will feature several of the well known artists who lived and painted in Redstone in the early 1900s, including Frank Mechau, Ben Turner and Jack Roberts.

As part of the Redstone Historic Art Retrospective 1902-2002, the center will exhibit paintings by Ben Turner.

Turner, who lived from 1912 to 1966, was born and educated in New Mexico and studied at the Chicago Art Institute.

At 18, Turner began his art career with a syndicated cartoon strip “Jerry and Jake.” He continued studying, teaching and painting his entire life. During World War II he painted and worked as artist in the Army Air Corps, sometimes painting “cheesecake” pin-up pictures on the noses of bombers. As a young painter in the 1930s Turner studied in Taos with many of the famous artists of the time such as Couse, Sharp, Berninghaus and Blumenshein.

Turner moved his family to Redstone in February, 1951. He painted and enjoyed the mountain environment, hunting and fishing the Crystal River Valley.

Winters were spent painting seascapes and Mexican character portraits in and around Mazatlan.

Turner sold his Colorado landscapes successfully over the years. Among his clients were banks and hotels throughout the West and Southwest. His studio and home were located on the hill above the village of Redstone. The paintings of Ben Turner currently on exhibit in the gallery are on loan from generous benefactors.

Contemporary artists perpetuating the history of art in the Crystal River Valley include Steve Kentz, Madeline Wiener and Greg Tonozzi.

Kentz has lived in Colorado all of his life. What started 25 years ago as a passion to express his love for the mountains and wildlife out of the local stone he knows so well has become his all-encompassing personal pursuit and livelihood.

Wiener and Tonozzi, both well-known sculptors, are founders of the Marble/marble Symposium, now in its 14th year. Artists come from around the world to carve Colorado Yule marble mined high above the Crystal River.

The Redstone Art Center is currently hosting the sixth annual Stone Carvers exhibition in the sculpture garden, featuring the stone artists of Marble/marble.

The Redstone Art Center is a studio-gallery where owner/artist Bev Goss displays an eclectic collection of art. The historic location was once a part of the railroad that served the coal mining industry at the turn of the 20th century.

For more information call Bev Goss at the Redstone Art Center, 963-3790.

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