Redstone Art Show returns for 20th year |

Redstone Art Show returns for 20th year

Jessica Cabe
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Jim Mason is one of 35 artists with work in the 20th annual Redstone Art Festival.
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Who: Redstone Art Foundation

What: Redstone Art Show

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

Where: Lawn of the Redstone Inn

How Much: Free admission

Participating Artists

Karen Alldredge, basket weaving

Jimmie Benedict, wearable art

Betsy Blackard, pastels

Kay Cochran, clay sculpture

Cindy Cole, jewelry

Betty Daniel Eschenroeder, beaded jewelry

Ernest Delto, watercolor landscapes

Karey Grant, felting

Bob Kausch, photography

Andrew Legersky, graphite, pen and ink

Jan Legersky, functional pottery

Steve Legersky, pastels

Ricky Lee Lively, oils of aviation and western

Jeannie jay Martin, fiber food art

Jim mason, earth, steel, wood sculptures

Roberta McGowan, western photography

Judy Milne, watercolors

David Moore, wood turning

Mary Noone, acrylic paintings, notecards

Vallee Noone, paper cutouts

Amber Palochak Sparkles, masks

Elizabeth Riecks, animal portraits

Libby Riger, water soluble oils

Laura Roberts, mixed media collage

Betts Rodden, oil floral paintings

Lesa Russo, photography on tile

Kyle Samuelson, historical landscape oils

Carol Schneider, watercolor

Roberta Stokes, acrylics

Natalie Terrell, mixed media and acrylic

Pam Wadsworth, fused glass and sterling silver jewelry

Aundrea Ware, acrylic 3-dimensional painting

Debbie Wells, alcohol ink painting, gourd pyrography

Larry White, furniture

Jessie Wylie, pastels and charcoal



10:30 a.m.: Mary Noone, acrylic painting demonstration

1:30 p.m.: Jeannie Jay Martin, The Fabric Chef, “Changing Fabric into Bread”

3 p.m.: Charlotte Graham Whitney signing her book, “Memoirs of a River...Up the Cyrstal”


1:30 p.m.: Natalie Terrell, expressionist, colorist

4:30 p.m.: 20th anniversary celebration party with bluegrass music by Old Time Jukebox and cake under the Redstone Inn backyard canopy


10:30 a.m.: Libby Riger, water soluble oils demonstration accompanied by John Riger’s musical stylings

1 p.m.: Pamela Porter signing her children’s book “The Magic Cookbook”

2 p.m.: Karen Alldredge, basket weaving demonstration

The picturesque town of Redstone is a work of art itself, but this Labor Day weekend, on the lawn of the Redstone Inn, work from 35 artists will be on display and for sale for the 20th annual Redstone Art Show.

But the show features more than just two tents full of artwork; there also will be a variety of artist demonstrations, a couple of book signings, live music from Old Time Jukebox and fun for the children all weekend long.

The Redstone Art Festival is put on by the Redstone Art Foundation every year, said foundation president Betty Bradley.

“It’s been 20 years since they had their first art show at the Redstone Inn,” Bradley said. “The first one, just a little group from the community got together and said, ‘Let’s have an art show.’ And they did, and it was really a success. In fact, the room was so small that they said, ‘Let’s move this to the summertime when more people can come.’ So they moved it to Labor Day weekend, and that’s when it’s been ever since, on the lawn of the Redstone Inn under a couple of big white tents.”

While the art show has grown a bit over 20 years — from 22 artists to 35 — Bradley said it could easily be bigger if there were more room in Redstone. But sometimes less is more, and part of the festival’s charm is its intimacy. Besides, the quality and variety of work is kept high, Bradley said.

“We have a real assortment of artists,” she said. “They do all kinds of things.”

Among the 35 artists are painters, sculptors, functional potters, woodworkers, jewelers, basket weavers, fabric artists and more. It may not have as many participants as Glenwood’s Fall Art Festival has had in the past, and it may not have endless booths like Mountain Fair in Carbondale, but the Redstone Art Festival certainly does not suffer from a lack of variety.

Plus, attendees can feel good knowing a percentage of their purchase will go toward a good cause.

Any commission that the Redstone Art Foundation makes on artwork sold will go toward a scholarship fund for Roaring Fork High School students who are going on to study art in college. Last spring, Bradley said the foundation was able to give $6,000.

“All the profits from the art show go to that scholarship fund,” Bradley said. “We gave four scholarship this past spring to four really good-looking young artists. It’s amazing what those kids can turn out. Most of the scholarships go to kids that are going into sciences, and since we’re an art foundation, we thought we’d pick a young, up-and-coming artist to help out.”

In addition to beautiful art for a cause, what has kept Bradley coming back year after year is the community and the volunteers that make the event happen. Some volunteers even come from out of state just to be a part of the festival.

“Our little town has a hard time getting enough volunteers to put on the show, but people that have done it before, they’re so loyal to us that they come back,” Bradley said. “Our head cashier is from Chicago now, but she’s coming in this week.

“It’s so fun,” she continued. “The volunteers are just so giving with their time, and it’s a fun thing to do. It has a party feel to it.”