Tour d’Art ‘about Glenwood Springs and everything it has to offer’ |

Tour d’Art ‘about Glenwood Springs and everything it has to offer’

Heidi RicePost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Anne Louise Ramsey, who shot this photograph of owls, is the featured artist this month at The Artist Mercantile & Gallery.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Enjoy a glass of wine, nibble on some hors d’oeuvres or refreshments and stroll through downtown to see the fine artwork Glenwood Springs art galleries offer during the Tour d’Art, held the second Friday of every month.The four downtown galleries display exhibits of various forms of artwork, many by local artists from around the valley.For more information about the Tour d’Art Second Fridays gallery walk, call Cynthia Thomas at Gallery 809, at 945-0809.

“It’s like First Fridays in Carbondale,” said Cynthia Thomas, manager of Gallery 809 and president of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild. “It gets people out to see what’s new in the galleries. Basically, it’s a gallery walk.”The featured artist at Gallery 809 for August is Staci L. Dickerson of Carbondale, who creates colorful, contemporary artwork. An artist reception and chance to meet Dickerson will be held this evening and includes live music by Kris and Noemi Kosmowski.

The tour continues at the Colorado Mountain College Gallery, where more than 20 paintings of renowned Silt landscape artist, Lanny Grant, will be featured with an artist’s reception. Grant’s popular mountain paintings have been exhibited throughout Colorado and around the country, including the Capitol in Denver and the Vatican in Rome.”Second Fridays is when we stay open and have a reception,” explained Alice Beauchamp, director of CMC’s ArtShare program. “It’s free and open to the public. There’s a lot of traffic and tourists that come through. We feature a lot of instructors from CMC and Lanny is one of our instructors.”

While the Main Street Gallery & The Framer has no specific featured artist this month, the gallery is exhibiting the work of at least 15 artists, most of them local.Well-known Glenwood artist Mary Noone will also be doing a painting demonstration in acrylics.”Her paintings are vivid with exciting colors,” said Nancy Page, manager of The Main Street Gallery. “Her paintings are a lot of fun.”

Anne Louise Ramsey is the star artist this month at The Artist Mercantile & Gallery. Not only an artist, Ramsey is also a musician, author and photographer.”The Tour d’Art is where the galleries get together and try to promote more art in Glenwood Springs,” said Steve Legersky, who owns the gallery with his wife, Jan. “It’s similar to Carbondale’s First Friday, and now gives two weekends for people to look at art.” Glenwood Springs gallery owners, said Legersky, “thought it would all be better if we did it all together. There’s just as many good downvalley artists as there are upvalley.”The Artist Mercantile & Gallery features a variety of artwork, including all mediums of painting, handmade jewelry, metal work, beadwork, fabric art, photography and glass sculptures.”It’s not high-end, but it’s creative and affordable,” Legersky said. “The big thing is that it’s about this town and everything it has to offer.”

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