Art museum opens Valley Kids 1999 |

Art museum opens Valley Kids 1999

The Aspen Art Museum’s largest and longest-running annual exhibition opens today with a free reception at 4 p.m.

The exhibit includes hundreds and hundreds of works, with more than a thousand artists participating. The artists involved include some of the most recognizable names in the Roaring Fork Valley. Works range from oil painting to photography, furniture to jewelry, sculpture to ceramics; styles range from Keith Haring- and Roy Lichtenstein-inspired pop art to Picassoesque Cubism to French Impressionism.

The show is Valley Kids 1999, the 20th annual exhibition featuring artworks by students from throughout the Roaring Fork region. Coordinated by Aspen Art Museum education coordinator Kat Parkin and installed by exhibit designer Dana Geraghty, Valley Kids 1999 fills the Art Museum’s two galleries with color, imagination and the adventure of the creative process.

“One of the things I love is that some of these kids are doing things that you and I as adults could never duplicate,” said Parkin. She has been working since the fall with art classes from Aspen to Silt to Eagle, and with young artists from preschool age to high school seniors. “The way their thought process and their creative mind works is a child’s thoughts. There’s more freedom and less restraint for a kid.”

Valley Kids 1999 runs through May 16 and admission to the Art Museum is free throughout the exhibit.

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