EAA spring show draws art from far and wide

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By The Staff

The Evergreen Artists Association is a local member organization made up of more than 100 artists from throughout the mountain area. Over the last 50 years, the association has worked to provide a forum for artists to gather, learn from one another and share their work. This year, the EAA is working to broaden its reach, and these efforts are reflected in the turnout for its spring show opening on April 23.

“We had over 300 pieces of art submitted from 100 artists from across the state this year,” says Jackie Taylor, publicity chair for EAA. “Our goal is to make this show one of the best in Colorado. Evergreen is unique — it is a mecca for extraordinary artists. This show is one way to draw attention to Evergreen and put us on the map as an arts community.”

The EAA spring show is a juried event open to all artists from throughout the state. Unlike the fall show, which is reserved for EAA members only, the spring show draws entries from Greeley to Grand Junction. Artists come from cities as large as Denver and as small as Lake City, with a population of 375.

“We are working to attract high-caliber submissions,” Talor says. “We extended personal invites to artists’ organizations representing a cross-section of artists. We wanted submissions from some young, emerging artists and entries from some of Colorado’s more established veteran artists.”

The submissions were personally reviewed by the show’s juror, Doug Dawson. Dawson is a master pastelist who teaches plein air painting and studio landscape classes at the Art Students League of Denver. Dawson also teaches painting workshops around the United States. He is the author of “Capturing Light and Color with Pastel” and is included in many instructional books on pastel painting. He was the 2008 Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame Honoree.

Dawson ultimately selected 70 pieces to be included in the show. The result is a multimedia show with oils, pastels, watercolors, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Dawson will present seven cash prizes at the show’s opening reception on April 23.

“I was at the Center for the Arts the day that Doug was judging the pieces. The quality of work in this show is phenomenal,” says Taylor.

The EAA is not only a social and educational organization for its members but also raises funds to award art grants in local mountain schools. This year, EAA award more than $1,000 to four area schools. The grants will help support artist-in-residence programs at Rocky Mountain Academy, Bergen Meadow and Bergen Valley Elementary Schools, and will assist with purchasing equipment and software for photography and graphic design students at Evergreen High School.

“Not only are we focused on the artistic development of our current members, but we’re hoping to nurture upcoming and budding artists through our organization’s efforts,” says Taylor.

The EAA spring show opens at the Center for the Arts Evergreen on Friday, April 23. For more information, visit www.evergreenartists.org.

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

EAA spring show

A statewide juried show sponsored by the Evergreen Artists Association from April 23 through May 21 at the Center for the Arts Evergreen, 32003 Ellingwood Trail (next to Buchanan Rec Center).

A festive opening reception will be held on April 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.