The Mountain Arts Gallery officially opened this past weekend in Woody P, on 108 W. Midland Ave.
Expect traditional and western-style painting, photography, jewelry and home décor. The gallery will represent 18 regional artists but also has plans for student shows, scholarships and participation in the annual Mountain Arts Festival in August and monthly Third Friday Art Walk.
Read on for the full press release.
Woodland Park gradually is becoming a magnet for artists. The Mountain Arts Gallery at 108 W. Midland Ave., Highway 24, is the latest arts business to open its doors in the city. Although a grand opening is in the plans, the Mountain Arts Gallery unofficially opened for business on Saturday, June 5. It will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are excited and proud to be a part of this growing arts movement in our community,” Barbara Gulla, Mountain Arts president, said. “We are especially pleased to be able to feature the works of 18 of the region’s premier artists,” she added.
Among the notable artists are the fine arts and graphic arts of Cecelia Cole and Tom Damon’s photography from around the world. Ginny Shippey, Peggy Garrison and Carlene Toy are among other award winning artists. Garrison is a People’s Choice First Place winner and her oils on canvas and glass and china painting works have been accepted in juried competitions around the country. Shippey’s art won the Teller County Centennial poster award, and she has repeatedly garnered first place prizes for her watercolor works in regional competitions. A multi-disciplined artist Toy has taken People’s Choice, Best of Show and First Place awards for her sculptures, feather painting and oils. Exquisite wood wildlife carvings by Stan Dewey are among the high-end works being featured in the new gallery.
Other popular artists, who may not normally enter competitions, also are being shown at the Mountains Arts Gallery. Photography by Gary Dimig will be a Gallery regular. Dimig’s wildlife photographs taken with a high-end 35 mm full frame digital camera gives unparalleled resolution. Bruce Vanderpool’s wood scroll carvings, oils and jewelry by Barbara Gulla; watercolors, oils and photography by Ellen Hinson; and pine needle basketry, wall hangings and other unique items by Helen Cahill are on display.
Among other Gallery regulars are Sandy Dewey’s painted gourds, Killian Ward’s watercolors, Maggie Hunt’s photography, Pete Gulla’s wooden bowls, and Jan Loehner’s customized watches.
“We’ve been around for a long time,” Gulla noted. Many of the artists were part of the Mountain Arts Council founded in 1989. They went on to found the nonprofit Mountain Artists, primarily a visual arts group, in 2000. The Mountain Artists also sponsor the annual Mountain Arts Festival, which features more than 70 artists and crafters, and is held the first full weekend in August at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.
The Mountain Arts Gallery also will participate in the monthly Third Friday Art Walk from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Woodland Park during which time the public is invited to enjoy snacks, wine tasting and visually exciting displays.
The Gallery is one more way, in addition to student art shows, scholarships, the Festival and demonstrations, that the Mountain Artists is living up to its mission of promoting and supporting visual arts and visual art education, Gulla added.
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