Redstone Art Center celebrates 10 years of summer show |

Redstone Art Center celebrates 10 years of summer show

REDSTONE – The Redstone Art Center’s summer season celebrates the July 4 weekend with its 10th annual show featuring Richard Fitzgerald’s new works in wood.Recognized as one of the finest wood turners in the country, Fitzgerald’s unique skills and techniques are demonstrated throughout his creative process. Fitzgerald will be in the gallery from 1-4 p.m. to talk about the search for his wood, how he identifies the characteristics of old rotting woods that intrigue him, and explain his technical process.Fitzgerald has been working on several new pieces created with exotic woods as well as old woods he harvests himself from the mountains in his area.”Those who collect his work are eager to see his new creations and those who will meet him for the first time will be fascinated with his extraordinary talent,” said Bev Goss, of the Redstone Art Center.

Fitzgerald has spent his life in southwestern Colorado surrounded by the Anasazi ruins and culture. Their ancient pottery forms have a strong influence on his work. His materials include the finest native woods of southwestern Colorado and the western United States – aspen, tamarisk, box elder, maple, mesquite and buckeye burl.Using the prime portions of the tree insures the distinctiveness of Fitzgerald’s work. Wood selected from the crotches or crowns of trees, spalted wood, burls, and wormhole wood are accented with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and completed with a hand-rubbed finish.Other summer shows include the 10th annual stone carvers’ exhibition, running through Sept. 30. A reception featuring the indoor-outdoor sculpture exhibit by artists participating in Marble/marble XVIII, a marble-carving symposium, takes place from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 16, in the center’s sculpture garden. The exhibit benefits the Marble Institute of Colorado.On Saturday, Sept. 9, Henry Isaacs hosts a plein air workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by an exhibition of new paintings from 6-8 p.m. Isaacs, a Vermont plein-air painter, has had a longtime passion for painting the Rocky Mountain peaks, meadows and ranchland on the Western slope.

New Mexico plein-air painter Julia McKee opens an exhibit of her newest oil paintings from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. The endless beauty of the western landscape inspires her vivid palette. McKee is a founding member of Ala Prima International and a signature member of Oil Painters Of America.The Redstone Art Center is a year-round studio-gallery featuring a distinctive stable of artists. Gallery and sculpture garden hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 963-3790 or visit online for more information.

n Who: Richard Fitzgeraldn What: demonstration and exhibit of new works in woodn When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday; show runs through Octobern Where: Redstone Art Centern Information: 963-3790 or

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