Breck150 Art Show benefits nonprofits |

Breck150 Art Show benefits nonprofits

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Breckenridge, CO

You’ve made turns at Breckenridge Ski Resort, you’ve ambled through quaint shops on Main Street, you’ve tasted and drank in the flavors of Breck at local restaurants: Now view Breckenridge’s heritage and beauty through the eyes of five local artists.

The Breck150 Art Show Opening features signature creations, in the form of photography, watercolors and oil paintings, by Ann Weaver, Leona Sophocles Brownson, Connie Johnson, Alden Spilman and Marty Rohde. They will display and sell their works starting Saturday and continuing through Sept. 30 at the Barney Ford House Museum. Twenty percent of the sale proceeds will benefit the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

Brownson, who worked as an art teacher for 24 years in schools, including Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, paints landscapes and still lifes, as well as “road themes,” which reflect her travels and “heart themes,” which represent heartfelt abstract ideas. Abstract and special relationships between trees ” both real and imagined ” most intrigue her.

Her paintings have hung in the United States Embassies of Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine as part of the Art in Embassies Program.

Johnson, a resident of Breckenridge since 1984, has earned a showing on the Bach, Beethoven and Breckenridge posters in 1989, 1992 and 1995. She expresses herself through watercolors, and though she’s been doing it for 16 years, she continues to learn from the medium.

“Expanding on expression through contrast, color and shape continues to refine my technique and statement,” Johnson said. “I am drawn to the effect of light on objects and landscapes ” how it bounces off leaves or a green field, strikes lines across a blank wall creating drama or produces a beautiful pattern of shapes on a snow field. All elements combined are what motivates and challenges me.”

Rohde moved to Breckenridge in 1970 and illustrated the first Breckenridge walking tour. She and her husband most recently owned the Studio Frame Shop until last year, and she was the artist for three Bach, Beethoven and Breckenridge posters, as well as a Breckenridge Resort Chamber poster. She prefers to paint familiar scenes throughout the different seasons, lighting conditions and weather.

“The fun is discovering something new in those locations, and (one thing) I always hope that comes across in my work is love of place,” Rohde said.

Spilman moved to Boulder in 1964 to attend college, then moved to Breckenridge in 1966.

“Oh, so great the place was ” the old mining town with its new ski area,” Spilman said.

In 1970, he taught photography at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and focused his personal work on shooting mostly people and close-ups. Though he doesn’t consider himself a landscape photographer, some of his most well-known pictures are, indeed, of landscapes.

Weaver moved to Colorado 19 years ago, intrigued by the mountain landscape. Her style depicts architectural details of mining towns, dramatic ridge lines and wildflower meadows. Four galleries represent her, and collectors throughout the nation and Europe own her paintings.

Other Breck150 Art Show events include the National Repertory Orchestra’s Opening Night Reception June 19 at the Barney Ford House Museum and the Breck150/NRO 50th Anniversary Bash at Beaver Run Resort. In addition, contributing artists will host “en plein air” (in open air) painting sessions at the Barney Ford. For more information, visit

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