Valley Kids exhibit finds new home in Glenwood |

Valley Kids exhibit finds new home in Glenwood

"Analogous Musician Portrait" by Sophia Clark, tenth-grader at Basalt High School.

An upvalley tradition has found a new home, as the Valley Kids art exhibit is on display this month at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.”This is our first year hosting the exhibit that was traditionally held at the Aspen Art Museum in the past,” said Gayle Mortell, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, in a press statement. “This month, the Center for the Arts gallery will be filled with art from all over the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.”The Center’s inaugural Valley Kids exhibit features an artists’ reception and a free hands-on art day for kids from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.”It’s an art party,” she said. “There will be tables full of fun ‘see, touch and feel’ projects for the kids to create; snacks and refreshments; and lots of fun at the Center for the Arts.”

The Women’s Foundation of Aspen juried the show, which includes 450 pieces of art from area youth. The foundation is presenting ribbons and cash prizes to the best of show at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. First-place winner Caitlyn Fowler, a Glenwood Springs High School junior, and second-place winner Laurren Elshof, a GSHS senior, are among the honorees. Both artists are students of GSHS art teacher Annie Brooks. Fowler receives $500, while Elshof is the winner of a $250 cash prize.”I was pretty surprised – I didn’t even know it was a judged competition,” Fowler said. “I have no idea what I’ll do with the money. I can’t really even think about having that much.”Traditionally, young artists from Rifle to Aspen have participated in the annual Valley Kids art exhibit. The Center for the Arts offered to house the exhibit for the first time after the Aspen Art Museum announced it would no longer host Valley Kids last fall. Mortell said students have continued the enthusiasm associated with the show.”Kids are natural artists, as you know. We have art hanging from the ceiling, bursting off the walls, floating in mid-air, sculptures gracing the gallery,” she said. “Our goal is to make this exhibit exciting and a powerful representation of the young artists in the area. Children are powerful artists, they create from their heart.”

For more information about Valley Kids, call the Center for the Arts at 945-2414.Kiddin’ aroundWhat: Valley Kids art exhibit

When: now through April 30; artists’ reception, awards presentation and kid’s art party, 1-5 p.m. SaturdayWhere: Glenwood Springs Center for the ArtsHow much: free to the publicInformation: 945-2414

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