Top artists named in Valley Visual Art Show People’s Choice awards |

Top artists named in Valley Visual Art Show People’s Choice awards

Carbondale artist Janet Nelson has woven wonders with single-strand wire, and her piece, “Julia,” in the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Valley Visual Art Show proved to be the favorite in the People’s Choice awards.Nelson received the most votes for a life-size, single-strand wire sculpture of her daughter in an acrobatic pose hanging from the ceiling.More than 260 votes were cast during the first half of the show, which is featuring 77 of the valley’s emerging and recognized artists, at Kahhak Fine Arts & School in Carbondale.Following Nelson, the top vote-getters (as determined by popular vote) were: Majid Kahhak, second place for “Horse Race,” oil on canvas; Carol Rothrock, third place for “Lost Man,” pastel; and Wendi Smith, “Fall Progression,” pastel.The People’s Choice awards are sponsored by Alpine Bank of Carbondale. Nelson will receive a $100 award, Kahhak a $50 award, and Rothrock a $25 award. All four artists will receive ribbons, as well.Presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, the 22nd Annual Valley Visual Art Show runs through March 29 and includes 139 pieces in a variety of media.The artists are from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Snowmass Village, Aspen, Marble, Redstone and Rifle.Works include watercolors, oils and acrylics, wood sculpture, furniture, textiles, metal sculptures, handmade paper arts, clay pieces, pastels, pencil and ink drawings.

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