A world of artists hit Breck
BRECKENRIDGE – To transport their art, most artists must build crates to encase their pieces and then carefully fly, ship or drive them to the desired destination. Transportation is even harder when that destination is Breckenridge, which isn’t on a major highway or close to an airport. Yet artists still come.”How the artists ship their pieces becomes pretty precise after awhile,” promoter Mark Beling said. Beling described how one artist drives her trailer to the closest airport and ships her pieces. “A lot of artists buy their own storage space in different parts of the country,” Beling said. “That’s why I have to send out the applications for this show in January.”In its third year, the Main Street Station show is building its reputation. “This is a small show but it’s growing,” Beling said. “The other show I put on has an international reputation with people applying from England, New Zealand and Argentina.”Beling, an artist himself, began promoting art shows about 11 years ago, taking over for Dick Cunningham who moved to Florida.”He wanted someone who could make the shows grow,” Beling said. “It’s been a good experience and very rewarding to achieve a national reputation.”The artists make the journey from all over – painter Yoram Gal hails from Israel. Gal works chiefly with watercolors, but he is also a film director, theater director, actor and a writer. Born in Jerusalem in 1952, Gal was educated in London and Tel-Aviv. He has been painting for 40 years but only began exhibiting his work in the United States 19 months ago.”Since that day, I have enjoyed lots of success,” Gal said in his artist biography.In his artist statement, Gal states he tries “to capture fleeting moments of intense dramatic, comic, grotesque, lyrical and melancholy interactions between people.”Another artist, who works in a completely different medium, is photographer Fred Hanselmann from Howard, Colo.Hanselmann works with large and medium format cameras instead of 35mm.”I use much larger negatives, which is a great help in all areas,” Hanselmann said. “The sharpness and the clarity of the photo is much better.”Hanselmann’s color photographs deal mostly with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. “With my photography I’m mostly interested in color, in light – my pictures are very bright and colorful,” Hanselmann said.While he used to do his own printing from negatives, he now lets a lab do it for him, though he specifies what he wants.A veteran of the show, Hanselmann looks forward to returning.”It’s one of the best shows in Colorado. The work included in this show has meaning for a large body of people,” Hanselmann said. “Mark does a very good job with it.”
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