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JENNIFER HARPERsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkWhitney Anderson is one of the young artists who will be displaying her work at Meet the Artists this weekend in Breckenridge.
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BRECKENRIDGE – Recent Summit High School graduate Whitney Anderson may be known for her fast footwork as the four-time state track champion, but she’s also trying to make a name for herself in the art world.Anderson will be one of the young artists showing their work for the first time publicly this weekend at Meet the Artists at the Riverwalk Center and adjacent lawn in Breckenridge.For the first time this year, the two-day arts and crafts show will feature an emerging artists tent for individuals like Anderson, who will be displaying 20 pieces of her work in the tent on Saturday and Sunday.

Anderson draws and paints, specializing in realistic pieces. Her favorite subjects are animals and people, which she immortalizes in mediums ranging from acrylic to watercolor to pastel. “I like capturing living things close up,” Anderson said. “It grabs your attention.”She doesn’t plan on selling her work at the show. She wants to use this weekend as an opportunity for people to rate her art, so she will know how many prints of a painting to make in the future.”It’s a way to show my work,” Anderson said. “This is definitely a good way to get started.”

Anderson will be heading to Duke University in the fall to major in fine arts and illustration. She received the Summit County Arts Council’s 2005 scholarship for college bound students majoring in art.One of the more experienced artists being featured at the weekend’s show is Breckenridge resident John Hudnut. He and his wife Kate own a glassblowing studio called The Gather House in Frisco.John Hudnut recently returned from an intensive glassblowing course in Seattle at the Pilchuck Glass School, where he picked up new techniques to incorporate into his artwork. He has been creating his sculptures since 1990. This weekend, the couple will display John Hudnut’s one-of-a-kind glass sculptures, which include vases, bowls, tumblers and goblets.”All of the artists will be there to represent their work,” Kate Hudnut said. “We encourage people to come out and talk to the artists.”

Thirty-four Colorado artists will accompany their work and make themselves available to chat with the public at this casual, free art event to benefit the Summit County Arts Council. The event is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The weekend will also include artists who will demonstrate specific art techniques and local writers reading from their work. Dancers, musicians and other live artists will contribute their talents and perform throughout the two-day event inside the Riverwalk tent. Performances begin in the tent at 11 a.m. Saturday with a Tai Chi demonstration by the Sacred Tree followed by musician Leon Littlebird at 1 p.m. The Summit School of Dance will be there at 3 p.m., and Josh Galvin will close the day with his acoustic guitar at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Scott Howard starts the day’s acts juggling at 11 a.m. Meet the Artists veteran Steve Immer will play the vibraphone at noon, and Littlebird performs again at 1 p.m. Richie & Saith begin acoustic guitar duos at 2 p.m. followed by Santiago Reyes from 3-5 p.m.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at jharper@summitdaily.com.


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