`Valley Kids’ art show opens Thursday
Special to the Post IndependentThe Aspen Art Museum’s 23rd annual Valley Kids exhibition opens on Thursday, April 24, with a reception for the artists from 4-7 p.m. Students from the Suzuki Violin Studio, led by Heidi Curatolo and Aspen Country Day School, will perform. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. On view through May 18, this annual spring tradition showcases the artwork of school children from more than 40 schools and youth organizations from Aspen to Eagle and Marble to Parachute. The art is chosen by local educators and represent the range and vitality of art programs in valley schools.Carl Riggins, a fourth-grade student of art teacher Lois Alvarez at Basalt Elementary School, created the image selected to represent the exhibition on the poster and invitation. Several high school students will receive merit awards for artistic achievements in the categories of painting, drawing or collage; photography; three-dimensional artwork; video and woodworking. These students will receive U.S Savings Bonds from Alpine Bank Aspen, gift certificates for art supplies, Aspen Art Museum memberships, and scholarships to attend museum workshops. Students receiving honorable mention will receive AAM memberships. The Roaring Fork Friends of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado will choose a female high school student to receive a monetary award. The winning artworks, marked with ribbons, will be displayed in the Upper Gallery. Artist Betty Farson, Jay Magidson of Magidson Fine Art, and artist Rick Magnuson were the jurors this year. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, with “Art After Hours” every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m.Support for the exhibition is provided by Alpine Bank Aspen, Community Banks of Colorado, Aspen, the Thrift Shop, The Artist’s Mercantile, Basalt Printing & Art Supply and Carl’s Pharmacy.
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