Redstone, Colorado Labor Day Art Show Recap
Close your eyes. Dream of a beautiful Victorian town. Nestle it down into a valley, as beautiful as any in Europe.
Now…open your eyes!
It’s not a dream. That little place really exists. It’s a touch of Nirvana and everyone experiences that when they visit or live in Redstone, Colorado. It’s remarkable actually, when you think of how it’s managed to retain that wonder over the years and actually surprising when you hear how few Coloradans, seem to know about it.
Hastypearl readers, already know that we first found it in the mid seventies and have returned, so many times. It became our hearts desire almost immediately. Now, finally our dream has come true and we are homeowners.
Through ordained circumstances, I was invited to participate in the Redstone Art Foundations BEAUTIFUL Art Show, in 2015 and I’ve returned every year.
Is it Work? Uhh, YES!
For EVERYONE, but that’s what that little valley is all about. Never have you seen soooo many folks giving and giving to so many causes, there. How blessed we are to now be a part of it all.
The little historical city is fascinating, and that’s what makes it such a perfect location for the MOST Wonderful art show. Set on the emerald green lawn of the Redstone Inn…All of the art can ONLY look wonderful, in that setting!
A third of all of the sales go to Art School Scholarships for Crystal River Valley students. What an honor to be a part of that encouragment.
Before the show, all artists are asked to inventory their art and send it in. No additional pieces can be added after arrival. I was soooo disappointed when I had failed to list one of my larger pieces, on the inventory list.
But, the very morning of the show start, I received the news, that a Hastypearl piece had been sold at the Redstone Art Gallery !
With owner Stephanie and Michaels thumbs up, my piece that had been omitted from my inventory, replaced my sold piece ! Amazing how things work out, when we just B R E A T H E, right?
Long before any Art Show, work is going on in Studios all over the nation. Ideas are brought to life, packed and shipped to the location. My studio is in my home, and I find a place on the floor of another room, to see how the whole show, starts to look.
I don’t have a big fancy studio, but I CAN patter upstairs at all hours to mine, when an idea strikes.
Every studio situation comes with its advantages and disadvantages : )
I was again Honored to have been asked to make the 2017 name tags. Every year I do something different, and find it quite a meditative process. Imagining what each person will be like, praying for them and in a neat way, bonding with them, long before I meet them.
I’m so fortunate to have Larry help me. Even though I’ve thought out every detail ahead of time, I find myself asking, what do you think about this placement, etc. He’s got a great eye and solid genes, as his parents sold art and framing in San Antonio for years. Plus, he’s tall. That comes in handy : )
I look like I just stepped off of a cloud, but of course, I’ve been working towards the opening for months!
After doing my first art show, my regard instantly soared, for people who do this for a living, year ’round !
Being “newcomers” to home ownership in the Crystal Valley, it was very important to me to meet and befriend it’s artist residents. I had NO IDEA what a gain that would be for me. It’s like the cool air ions in the valley, breed artists. So many wonderful galleries dot the small towns, including Redstone, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Aspen.
I’ve met so many wonderful individuals.
I will be posting interviews with some of them, soon.
Two of my favorites have been my mates in the little corridor where Hastypearls’ panel is. The panels above show Sharon Englehart’s and Doug Senteney’s art. They both have those kinds of minds, that you just stare at their work and wonder…HOW?
WHERE…do those imaginative ideas come from?
Technicians in different disciplines, but WOW…each so amazing. And both…kind. Such kind, big hearts.
I also met a Wonderful knitter, Brigitte Heller and was seduced to purchase the sweater above. I asked Brigette if she would add a loop to this sweater that l bought, imagining some rudimentary yarn and in minutes, she showed me a beautifully finished loop that will slip over one of my vintage 1940’s buttons, from my button collection. I fell in love with her instantly and look forward to meeting her again. I know that she has brilliant wisdom to share with me, from her interesting life.
Yes, it was Wonderful. All of it.
I feel/know in my heart, how much I Am Loved.
A loving Creator of the Universe…the One that details the artistic features that mattered to Him in the building of His earthly temple and the One that specified those details to the artists skilled in all manner of disciplines. The Same One, whispers ideas to me in my studio, in my pjs…in the middle of the night…and tells me that He loves me, and shows me in so many ways.
Inclusion in the Redstone Labor Day Art Show and in the circles of amazing people that live there…is one of them.
One of the types of art that I show in Redstone, and has done very well, are my Angels.
This Mixed Media Clay Angel, called Rose Heart, is an example and is available in my commerce store, at Hastypearl.com
I can have her in your mailbox in a few days : )
She’s wonderful and will bring you or the one that you gift her to, Joy !
You can find her and many other items, here.
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See you again, very soon…Laura aka hastypearl