Redstone Art Show puts growth on exhibition | PostIndependent.com

Redstone Art Show puts growth on exhibition

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By Ryan GraffPost Independent StaffFrom the walls of the Redstone Inn to the front lawn, the Redstone Art Show has grown quite a bit in its nine years. In 1995 Marion Lyons and other art lovers in Redstone received a $500 grant from the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities to start an art fair. “There were five of us here in town, and we thought, ‘Why don’t we do something?'” said Lyons, a board member of the Redstone Art Foundation. The $500 and a few walls got them moving.That year the show featured work from people who lived in the Crystal River Valley. And though the show has remained true to its roots with primarily local artists, it does feature artists from around the state, mostly special guests who have done workshops or other events for the Redstone Art Foundation. And instead of the walls of the Redstone Inn, they use a tent in the front lawn. And the quality has risen as well. “We’re certainly able to compete with any art show in the Valley,” said Jane Munsell, president of the Redstone Art Foundation. “I’m always impressed with the quality and diversity of the work in our area,” she said. And others are as well. Last year Lyons met a woman who told her: “I’m from New York, and the quality of the work in this show is a good as the work in a gallery in New York City.”The show is the prime event of the year for Redstone, which is something Lyons takes pride in, she said.”Watching it get to such a professional look and professional level has been excellent,” she said. “Watching it get to such a professional look and professional level has been excellent,” she said.


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