Arts Council showcases work by its members |

Arts Council showcases work by its members

The Summit County Arts Council offers local artists an opportunity to meet, promote and showcase their work, as well as stimulate the arts community here in High Country.

Currently there are four venues around the county exhibiting the work of four of the arts council’s artists and interior designers.

Silverthorne and Frisco are the two county locations where you can see the watercolors, paintings, photography, and color boards of these member artists.

None of the venues are truly set up as art galleries, per se, and the settings do little to enhance the work.

The Silverthorne Library is displaying photography of Todd Powell and Scott Keys, both very different in their subject choices.

Powell has only a few photos in evidence, and these do not demonstrate the virtuosity or technique of an artist who studied at the Rochester Institute Of Technology. His photos seem to lack inspiration, have little depth, and are not particularly unique.

Keys’ work is really more a geological documentation than a photo essay. A professional geologist for 50 years, he has photographed and catalogued close-ups of minerals and rocks he uncovered in places such as Africa, Australia, Iceland and Austria.

If he was seeking to make art, the photos do not come across as such. They are merely visual records of unusual natural formations, with exotic colors. They might be valuable as study aids for geologists, but do not fall into the category of artistic photography.

Not far from the library, at the Silverthorne Pavilion, there are a handful of botanical close-ups by Patricia Bybee.

Bybee has a long list of academic credits to her name, including recent study at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

On one wall of the main hall in the pavilion are five of her framed works. Two of those are detailed photos of leaves. They are lovingly mounted and butted together to create triptychs. The other shots are macro photos of flowers and focus on the stamen and minute elements that make up the odd flora.

The Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco plays host to the ubiquitous watercolors of Ann T. Weaver.

Weaver is a fixture around these parts. You can find her work reproduced on note cards, posters and in several galleries.

A prolific watercolorist, Weaver also teaches at Colorado Mountain College and in Loveland.

The work on view at the center, however, is inconsistent.

The best examples tend to be smaller in scale.

The two paintings of horses are much too large for the medium and lack the sweetness she brings to her landscapes and the on-location images.

“The Sentinel,” a painting of a lighthouse compound set behind tall grass, is the best of her works on display, although most of the other paintings of houses she has depicted seem to lean or list to one side. Perhaps it is their weakened frames or foundations, or perhaps it is her handling of perspective, but there is something askew about them.

The light tends to be flat and there is little luminosity to give the subjects excitement or joy.

The remaining show, if it can be called that, is at the County Commons near Frisco just outside the library.

There, in the vestibule along one wall, are several color boards that are used by interior designers to present design concepts to clients. Other than their intrinsic value as tools to sell ideas, they are not really classifiable as art.

If the arts council is to generate more interest in their members’ work, they need to be more selective in what or whom they exhibit.

Stew Mosberg is a freelance writer working out of Blue River. He is the author of two books about design and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He can be reached at

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