Central Colorado Conservancy Art Event on Art Walk Weekend

   The Central Colorado Conservancy will host “**Art Walk for Conservation**,” featuring a variety of artists’ works for sale and musical entertainment at the former Junque Drawer shop, 243 F Street, (across from Moonlight Pizza) during Art Walk weekend, June 23-25th to support local artists and the mission of the Central Colorado Conservancy.
Artists will donate 30 percent of their art sales to support the Conservancy’s mission of conserving the region’s land, water and wildlife that sustain us by partnering with landowners, agricultural producers and the community.
 Six artists have agreed to display and sell their works at the “Art Walk for Conservation” exhibition: **Nora Larimer, Gary White, Virginia Byrd, Paul Kethley, and Laura Barton** with a silent auction piece donated by local artist** Linda Frances**. 
 Nora Bushong Larimer is the owner of Rock Run Gallery on South Main St. in Buena Vista.  Her style is known as Impressionistic Realism and she works in both watercolor and oil. More realistic from a distance, it invites the viewer to take a closer look and examine the loose mix of color and brushwork. 
 A resident of Colorado for the past 15 years, Pueblo artist Virginia Byrd explores the unconscious connection between people and their natural surroundings through her vibrant watercolor and acrylic paintings. 
 Artist Gary White grew up in Colorado and resides in Salida. His representational - impressionism oil paintings reflect this area’s majestic beauty and the southwest through landscape, figurative, and wildlife pieces. 
 Laura Barton of Buena Vista is a self -proclaimed “plein -air” artist who paints mostly outside “with a heightened awareness of light, air, and color that she hopes brings an awareness to the natural beauty around us, the impact we have on our surroundings and the importance of helping to preserve the common beauty in one’s own world.”
  Paul Kethley, also of BV, creates plein-air oil paintings on canvas, as well, with a rich textured look of dramatic western landscapes that include Native American subjects, Cowboy, Vaquero, landscape, ranch wildlife, fly fishing and sporting art.  Each painting depicts scenes in such a way that reveals a story free for the imagination of the viewer.  Kethley is known as one of the premier cowboy artists in the Rocky Mountain west who receives commissioned subjects for contemporary and historical western art paintings for those who maintain western art collections in the area.  Lind Frances, donating the silent auction piece, is known for her abstract art and “State” series featuring each state’s tree and unique landscape features.
 Musical entertainment features a duo of performers called “River’s Edge” who hail from Saguache and Crestone. The remarkable voice of Christine Gydesen, whose talent was honed in theatre and musicals with heart-felt songwriting, is combined with her musician friend Rich Burt’s (known as “River”) passion for electric Blues and Rock & Roll. The result is an eclectic mix of gospel, country, smoky jazz, Americana and Blues and Rock, richly delivered by two guitars and two soulful voices.

** Hours for the Central Colorado Conservancy Art Walk storefront art sales are:
Friday, June 23, 10 am - 9 p.m. Sat., June 24, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun., June 25 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.** Light refreshments will be available and music by River’s Edge will be featured from 3 to 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. For more information, please contact the Central Colorado Conservancy at 719-539-7700 or visit the Conservancy’s website at http://centralcoloradoconservancy.org/upcoming-events.

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