Redstone celebrates Labor Day weekend with annual art show |

Redstone celebrates Labor Day weekend with annual art show

Submitted Photo "Remnance," glass sculpture by Kelly Grant Purvis and Steve Leetch, of Carbondale.

REDSTONE Redstone plays host to visual artists from the area for the 11th annual Redstone Art Foundation Art Show this weekend.Held outdoors under tents on the grounds of the historic Redstone Inn, the show provides quality art for viewing and purchasing in a casual atmosphere.The event opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. today. The public is invited to meet the artists, who will be on hand to discuss their work and techniques.

The show continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Labor Day Monday. This year’s show features more than 30 artists residing in the Crystal River Valley area and invited guest artists. Supported by a group of active volunteers, the show has become an anticipated end-of-summer event that attracts people from around the country.

The show will include watercolor and oil paintings; fused, cast and blown glass; gemstone angels; sculpture; photography; baskets; wood and ceramic pieces; and other featured items. New attractions this year are a sculpture garden and artist demonstration area. All of the work shown will be offered for sale. Proceeds from the show help to fund additional art foundation projects, including summer workshops and the Jack Roberts Scholarships, which are awarded annually to promising high school art students.Here’s a little about the participating artists this year:n Bruce Kirk lives in the Crystal River Valley. Kirk was born in Denver and was back and forth between Denver and Redstone before moving to the valley permanently in 1994. His business, Kid Cargo, includes horse-drawn wagons. To market them, he built “minis” – or toy wagons – which show the quality of his work and will be on exhibit this weekend.

n Kelly Grant Purvis and Steve Leetch, Obsidian Workshop. The couple combines to create a colorful body of glass objects for everyday living, working with homeowners, designers and architects to create unique and individually customized works of art that enhance spaces. They moved to Carbondale last year. Roberta Stokes, acrylic on canvas. She and her husband have been coming to their cottage on the boulevard for the past 12 years. “The works that I create in Redstone reflect some of the happiness and thanksgiving I find at being here,” she says. Sculptor Marilyn Helen Wounded Head was born in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, and the University of South Dakota. Currently, she teaches art at Mesa State College. She received commissions during her undergraduate and graduate school years, and was asked to create a sculpture of Chief Black Moon, which is her next commission.

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