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EAA spring show is all wet — and that’s a good thing

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By Sara Miller

Water has been our constant companion in Evergreen this year. From the downtown flooding in September to a big snow season this winter, we have been surrounded by water in all its forms. The Evergreen Artists Association’s spring show, “Water,” seems especially fitting. The EAA will put forth its best artwork depicting water in every form — ice, mist, steam, clouds, dew, fog, crystals and snow.

This year’s show is the largest in EAA history, with more than 50 artists represented. The EAA typically has had a membership of local artists from 60 to 80 years old. However, in recent years, the EAA has seen an influx of younger artists joining its ranks.

“Our show is very diverse this year,” says Beth Riser, president of the EAA board of directors. “We have artwork by our oldest member, who is 92 years old, and artwork from two of our youngest members, who are 12 and 18 years old.”

This 80-year gap in artistic experience is spanned by members Julia Ortiz and Carolyn Seymour. Julia is 12 and lives in Evergreen. She will attend the Denver School of the Arts in the fall. Her media are graphite, colored pencil and photography. She focuses primarily on classic portrait photography and creative portraiture. Seymour is 92 and also an Evergreen resident. She works in pastels, watercolor, acrylic and printmaking. Her entry in the “Water” show is a watercolor called “Woodland Stream.”

Coming in at a close second for youngest artist in the show is 18-year-old Maxwell Eldridge. Eldridge works in ceramics, and his towering vase brings to mind the undulations of ocean waves.

The show opens on Friday, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Fine Art Gallery. The reception is in conjunction with Evergreen’s Last Friday Gallery walk so visitors can enjoy drinks, appetizers and artwork throughout town. “Water” will be judged by Kimberly D. Moore of Southwest Art Magazine, and awards will be given at 6:30 p.m. Artists can win two awards of excellence — one for two-dimensional art and one for three-dimensional art, Best in Show, or the People’s Choice award, which will be determined by visitor votes.

The Evergreen Artists Association promotes the visual arts in our mountain community with art shows, member activities, scholarships, workshops, programs and the annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.

Evergreen Artists Association 2014 Spring Member Show

“Water”

Feb. 28 through March 24

Opening reception: Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Closing reception: Friday, March 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

At Main Street Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.