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Artist spotlight: Rediscovering a passion for painting

Linda Gerdenich
Snowmass Sun

By Anne Byard.

A dear friend at a dinner party suggested that Aspen resident Anne Byard do a painting in her studio. Byard had painted in high school, but the usual teen challenges of boys, skiing, surfing and other interests pushed art to the back burner. Her experience with the brush, the scent of the oils and the wonder of creating a painting inspired her to take it up again.

"The first piece I sold was a colorful representative of an old Volkswagen on a narrow cobbled San Miguel Allende, Mexico, street," Byard said. "A Nantucket art collector couple bought it to add to their collection of pieces from artists from around the country."

Byard is participating in the "Five Artists, One Mountain" exhibit on display now in the Villas at the Snowmass Club Welcome Center. Another of her passions is bike touring. Combining cycling with art is a great way to see and paint interesting places and an opportunity to study with great artists in workshops in France; California; Maine; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

One of her favorite pieces in the exhibit is titled "A River Runs Through," which was painted in northern Utah during a road trip. She was attracted to the quality of serenity in the gentle movement of the small river. She used a loose, colorful painterly style to capture the mood.

Her new challenge is experimenting with palate-knife work, using it in primarily architectural subjects such as old shacks, barns or European stone buildings. This technique allows the artist to make lovely, unexpected texture and color representing masonry, rock walls, tile roofs and rough wood walls.

Pieces in "Five Artists, One Mountain" focus on Mount Daly but also include other local landscapes. The other artists showcased are Georgeann Waggaman, Betsy Dunbar, Michael Kinsley and David Notor, curator. All pieces are for sale at reasonable prices. This is an excellent way to take home a bit of our picturesque valley. The exhibit runs until Oct. 5 at the Villas at the Snowmass Club Welcome Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For information, call 970-923-0391, 970-925-2126 or 970-274-2478.

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Linda Gerdenich is a former Villas board member and resident. When the Welcome Center was remodeled, there was not funding for the walls, so the board decided to have an art exhibit and sale featuring valley artists. Gerdenich contributes bios of the participating artists to the Snowmass Sun.

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