Local artists showcase their work at the Summit County Art Tour | SummitDaily.com

Local artists showcase their work at the Summit County Art Tour

Eric Melvin

The first Gallery Walk and Studio Tour, facilitated by the Summit County Arts Council, will open from 6-8 p.m. today at the Buffalo Mountain Gallery in Frisco (711 Granite St.; (970) 668-8101). The art tour will feature a Gallery Walk on Saturday and a studio tour on Sunday. The art tour is an opportunity for local artists to showcase their creativity and talent in the visual arts and initiate an open environment for local artists and galleries.

The gallery walk will include major galleries in Frisco and Breckenridge and will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Brochures directing participants to galleries and studios will be available at each location. The studio tour will include extraordinary studios in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne and will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artists have been grouped in larger studios to maximize participation and to reduce drive time. Maps will be available to direct patrons to the various locations. 13 galleries and 15 studios will represent 12 artists in the art tour.

Expect to see and experience varied styles and media from the artists within the gallery displays and studio viewings. Artists whose works are on display include Jennifer Riffle (textiles and book art), John Hudnut (blown glass), Rachel Namoff (multimedia sculptures created from glass and paper) and Barrett Edwards (oil painting). Edwards’ art exemplifies a love for rich Colorado mountain and floral scenes. Edwards is a former CIA operations officer who, since her retirement, has devoted her artistic endeavors to creating paintings in her Silverthorne studio during the summer and in her studio in Naples, Fla. in the winter months. More notably, her work has appeared in the Grand Palais in Paris for the Salon d’ Automne and was published in a leading French art magazine, “Actualites des Arts.” Her paintings appear in collections throughout the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.

Another artist and a Summit County local’s work to look for is that of Michael Adams. Adams’ style and expression exemplifies a classic approach to sculpture. Since training in Paris, Adams has developed a variety of unique expressions of portraiture in bronze and fired clay. He is also known for his work with contemporary figurative sculptures and nudes in life-size and miniature scales. Dearborn Rieder Gallery in Boulder and the Highlands Gallery in Breckenridge represent Adams. He won “Best of Show” for sculpture at the Meet the Artists exhibition in Breckenridge in both 2000 and 2001.

There is no charge to attend any of the weekends Art Tour events. However, there is a suggested donation of $10 to preview the opening today. The funds raised will be donated to the Summit County High School Art Scholarship Fund. For more information on the events or the Summit County Arts Council, call (970) 453-0450 or visit its Web site at


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