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Keystone gathering features renowned artists

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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A man, captured in black-and-white photography, plays his harp as he leans against a mossy stone wall. An owl, intricately carved of wood looks outward to its left. A cowboy dressed in a white shirt glances up from the suede hat covering his eyes.

These are just a few of the pieces visitors will see at the 11th Mountain Art Gathering, which features 13 of the nation’s leading artists and three stellar Summit High School artists at Keystone Pavilion this weekend.

A group of five artists – B.J. Briner, Doyle Goebel, Curtis Nazworth, Phil Poirier and Doug Ricketts – call themselves “the gatherers,” because they summon extraordinary artists from across the nation: sculptors Martha and Del Pettigrew, printmaker Melanie Fain, wooden furniture fashioners Jo Alcalde and Leslie Ravey, clay worker Kent Harris, jewelry designer Maria Samora, wood carver Lona Hymes-Smith, watercolorist Mark Kohler, painter Lisa Burge and photographer Chris Dahl Bredine.

In addition, three hand-picked current or recently graduated students of Summit High School who have been working with mentors will present their work at Keystone. Last year, The Summit Foundation created the mentor program, and it was such a success – both in student achievement and sales – they decided to continue it, said volunteer Kate Hudnut. Molly Allen worked with local photographer and mentor Todd Powell to narrow down and frame her photos, Chelsea Slack worked with Michelle Woods to hone her ceramic skills and Morgan Banks was inspired by Amy Evans and Lisa Rivard to take her pencil illustrations to a new level by using an X-Acto knife on scratch board.

The art festival is unique in that from the beginning, it has benefited the community. Participating artists first came together in October 1997, in Texas, to donate a portion of their sales proceeds to the Dripping Springs Community Library Building Fund. Since they now meet in Keystone, 20 percent of their sales help support The Summit Foundation. Tonight’s live auction sales at a special dinner event will benefit The Summit Foundation 100 percent.

The Summit Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County. It awards grants to Summit County nonprofit agencies, providing programs and services in art and culture, health and human service, education, environment and sports. Since 1986, the foundation has awarded $10.6 million to 218 organizations.


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