Breckenridge art show highlights Colorado watercolorist artist and jeweler |

Breckenridge art show highlights Colorado watercolorist artist and jeweler

Miles F. Porter IV
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Colorado watercolor painter Carmel Walden.
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Watercolorist Carmel Walden refers to her work as “art for the soul.”

Continuing from an early age, Walden finds sanctuary and inspiration in the mountains surrounding her family’s Colorado ranch.

“I see my job as a calling to immerse myself in the wonderful, mysterious places of creation, to bring this wonder into my paintings and then to send it as a blessing into people’s homes,” Walden explains.

Walden is again displaying her works in Breckenridge this weekend in the 41st annual Gathering of the Great Divide show, produced by Mountain Art Festivals’ father and daughter team of Dick and Tina Cunningham.

The nationally ranked show — with free admission — runs Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5, in the Main Street and Wellington parking lots. The art festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is one of the longest running events in Breckenridge. Walden has been selected as one of more than 100 artists in 13 categories and is excited to attend the show for the 10th year.

Walden encourages viewers to stop by her booth to see a collection of work that spans nearly 20 years. Although she always loved art, her love of painting didn’t blossom until after receiving her bachelor’s degree in fine art from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, teaching a few years, and then moving to Arizona, where she found a quiet space to explore watercolor.

While living with the Hopi and Navajo peoples, she began her master’s degree in psychology, taught expressive art therapy, and built an impressive portfolio of paintings to bring back home. Her career as a professional artist was launched upon returning to Colorado in 1999.

Now, when Walden is not wandering the mountains, she is often still painting in her 100-year-old cabin on the ranch. She works as a portrait artist with nature as her subject, mirroring the life that she sees and feels in the wild places around her.

Painting with only red, yellow and blue, Walden brushes the blended colors into dances, leaving plenty of white to keep the work sparkling. Her work is detailed, yet soulful.

Taking lessons from her father, sculptor Bill Walden, Carmel paints with a charming combination of control and freedom, intellect and whimsy. She offers many original paintings and over 100 works as fine-art quality giclée prints, each on hand-deckled watercolor paper with custom Italian framing available.

A variety of mountain, flower and wildlife subjects can be viewed on her website:

Santa Fe jeweler Richard Lindsay joins talented field

The triangle serves to guide Santa Fe jeweler Richard Lindsay’s creative efforts.

“I have chosen, as part of my hallmark, a triangle, the universal symbol of change,” Lindsay explains. “It represents the three main sources of my artistic inspiration: my love of nature, wildlife and the outdoors, my roots in the American West and the stories and symbols of American peoples past and present.”

Lindsay’s forte comes in using high karat gold, silver, precious and unusual gems and stones to create imaginative works of jewelry and art. He is influenced by the American spirit and exemplifies it with his authentic American jewelry.

A fourth generation Coloradan, Lindsay has lived in Santa Fe for over 30 years, where he’s developed a sense of the classic and contemporary, making his work very collectible. He is represented nationwide in art galleries, museums and specialty shops.

“I use my personal experiences and innate awareness of the West and Southwest when crafting my classic and New West style jewelry,” he says.

Lindsay’s designs have been featured in Accessories, Ladies Home Journal and Life magazines and worn by Meryl Streep, Madonna and Sandra Bullock. He has designed several pieces for singer Josh Groban and his exclusive fan club.

One of his creations, the classic star necklace, was featured as a tribute to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The Santa Fean’s Happy Critters were featured on QVC, and his famous feather designs have been worn by Paris and Nicky Hilton and Tori Spelling.

Other works have been seen on Regis and Kelly, Jay Leno and in various fashion magazines. He also designed a logo pin for a Deepak Chopra kickoff event and book signing.

For more info about jeweler Richard Lindsay see:

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