"Valley Visions" Art Exhibit Opening Gala is May 6!

The popular annual "Valley Visions" art exhibition, sponsored by Salida Council for the Arts, will kick off with a gala Grand Opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 4-7 pm in the SteamPlant Annex. The public is invited as well as all area artists and art collectors; and a $5 suggested donation at the door supports the Council's performing and visual arts scholarship program for local high school students.

Celebrated as a showcase for the Arkansas River Valley's top established and emerging creative talent, the exhibit will feature forty of the area's most innovative artists--whose entries will be for sale at special exhibit prices. The $5 suggested donation at the door entitles guests to a banquet of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, cash bar, "meet the artist" opportunities, "first dibs" on the artwork for sale, and a ballot to vote for the coveted People's Choice Awards.

Award winners will be announced at the reception's conclusion; and will receive cash and/or merchandise prizes in addition to Award Certificates. All guests will be eligible to win valuable door prizes as well.

Artists featured in this year's show are Joanie Barbier, Dan Bishop, Orlin Camerlo, Cary Carlson, Carol Cartwright, Virginia Castro, Betsy DeHaven, David Eckstein, Linda Frances, Gail Franke, Thomas Franke, Janine Frazee, Hannelore Gabriel, Linda Gibas, Jean Hanfelt, Sue Ann Hum, Licia Iverson, Jennifer Junto, Dvora Kanegis, Sue Keyes, Erica Kinsella, Julie Maas, Jim Marshall, Sally Mather, Padgett McFeely, Louise Medved, Mark Monroe, Conrad Nelson, Chrisine Perkovich, Adrian Reif, John Russell, Jimmy Sellars, Rick Smith, Susan Spohn, Evette Twyford, Rich Tyler, Gil VanStone, Jessica Vogel, Donna Wagle, Stephen Witty, Mary Hansen Wolfe.

"We had a large waiting list of artists who wanted to be in the show", says SCFTA President Lisa Marvel, "and regretfully had to turn away many due to space limitations. I hope everyone will come to see the amazing wealth of quality creative talent in this exhibit...because Salida really IS The Biggest Little Art Town in Colorado!"

The Valley Visions exhibition attracts many of the area's leading painters, sculptors, photographers and artisans; and all entries are available for purchase on a "first-come" basis. The show will remain on display through May 25. For more information, visit salidacouncilforthearts.org

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