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Keeping up with Mom

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Editor’s note: This is the second of two stories following two artists through the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s 45th annual Fall Arts Festival, taking place through Sept. 30 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. The event, featuring paintings, pottery, sculpture and the popular bargain bin, is open to the public.GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Yvonne Hubbard is humble about winning a blue ribbon at the Fall Art Festival.But her daughter is on to her.”You like getting them,” Cynthia Thomas said, glancing at her 86-year-old mother with a smile. “You know you do.”

Hubbard is an award-winning artist at this week’s annual Fall Art Festival. She took first place and an honorable mention in the watermedia landscape category in the advanced class.”I came into it like any other show,” Hubbard said. “I don’t think too much about it.”Thomas, a professional artist, watched the progression of her mother’s work. She said her blue ribbon-winning watercolor was a contender from the start.”Sometimes paintings are like bad hair days. Some, you just struggle with them,” Thomas said. “But the blue-ribbon winner, that one just came out of her.”Thomas submits her paintings and pastels in the professional class, where she competes with highly regarded, national-exhibiting artists. Even though she didn’t win, she was honored to have a purchase patron buy her art.”The judges didn’t give me a ribbon but I have the Purchase Patron ribbon,” Thomas said. “I think that’s better to have … Our patrons are special.”Along with her mother, Thomas was proud of fellow Glenwood Springs Art Guild member Laurel Astor, who competes in the professional class. She won the Moolick Award; was first in pastel landscape; and tied for second in pastel landscape. The Art Guild also purchased her pastel, considered an honor for any artist in the show, Thomas said.

“I felt really good about it,” Astor said. “There’s some beautiful stuff here, amazing stuff here.”Astor is a new artist to the valley, moving to Glenwood Springs one year ago after changing her career direction from nursing to art. She started in watercolors, but has embraced pastels as a self-taught artist in the last four years.”I never knew I could do this. It’s been a surprise,” she said. “It’s just this kind of magic thing that’s happened. I always felt like I was creative, but I didn’t have the outlet. There was really somewhere in me where I got a sense or feeling that I could do something for a living I love.”Since raising her family and moving to Glenwood Springs to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Hubbard has been able to do the same.Especially as an Art Guild member.And the mother of a professional artist.”I’ve learned a lot,” she said. “I’ve learned to listen to Cynthia.”

Every daughter’s dream.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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