Linda Gerdenich
Artist spotlight
Snowmass Village, CO, Colorado

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April 9, 2013
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Local artist helps others pursue painting

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Valley artist Georgeann Waggaman wears many hats. Waggaman not only is an accomplished artist but also has been the Villas at Snowmass Club art curator for several years. That hat means that she selects the artists and communicates with them regarding hanging the show and all the details associated with that. Another one of Waggaman's hats for this en-plein-air show was to create the flier used for promotion.

So let's learn about her art and the pieces she has on display at the Villas. Like many of the plein-air artists, Waggaman likes to paint in our beautiful valley. Her pieces reflect the beauty of the Roaring Fork River, the Maroon Bells, Seven Castles on the Fryingpan, a Carbondale country road and a peaceful pond. She takes a sketchbook everywhere she goes to capture those ideas.

"As a child, I knew I wanted to be an artist," Waggaman said. "I started by making newspapers with stories and cartoons. My parents wanted to also be artists, but in those days few were given the opportunity because of needing employment. My parents worked very hard and were able to give me the opportunities they never had."

Waggaman attended the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. Architecture also was a love of hers, so she majored in commercial interior design and took all her electives in illustration. Before computer-enhanced drawings, she would take the architects' blueprints and turn them into pretty pictures with trees, dogs and cars so people could envision the completed building.

Waggaman is inspired by English watercolorists, especially William Russell Flint.

"I bought a book of his paintings for $100 and still love looking through it," she said.

As a watercolor instructor at Colorado Mountain College, she is energized by students' enthusiasm.

"I really enjoy watching as they improve and get very excited when they start to really see," Waggaman said.

The en-plein-air show and sale is on display at the Welcome Center of the Villas at Snowmass Club until April 15. These pieces are a great way to take something from the valley. Other artists represented are Sue Tatem, Mike Otte, Anne Bayard, David Notor, Lyn Hemley, and Michael Kinsley. The Welcome Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information, call 970-923-0391 or 970-925-2126.

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