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Mountain Art Gathering features SHS booth of artists

Summit Daily News
Summit County, CO
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

KEYSTONE ” Summit County art students are getting some real world experience, and exposure, at the Mountain Art Gathering this weekend.

The five featured students, some just graduated from Summit High School and others with a year left, will show their photography, ceramics and jewelry in a booth alongside the “The Gatherers.”

This year is the Mountain Art Gathering’s 10th year with an art festival in Keystone, and it’s taking place today through Sunday, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kevin Kane, who will be a senior at Summit High this fall, said the hardest part of the process was choosing which photographs to feature in the show. He enlisted the help of family and friends. He also received some inside information from an artist in the community. Each of the students involved in the show spent time with a person in the know in their field.

Kane’s photos are taken from his last two spring break trips to Hawaii. He said becoming a photographer has always been a dream of his. On participating in the art show, he said, “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done with art.”

He noted the organization, management, selection process and paying for supplies as some of the challenges.

Summit High School senior in the fall Kelsey Phalin learned a valuable lesson in patience during her preparation for the show. Her first set of ceramic pieces didn’t yield good results because the kiln didn’t function get hot enough. Phalin has re-created her exhibit pieces from scratch in the last few days before the show.

“I learned to work under pressure,” she said. Phalin described her work as having an “organic, natural theme.”

Each of the students participating applied for the booth spot in the same way the other artists did, including submitting a portfolio and artist’s statement.

The event benefits The Summit Foundation, and each student, like all artists participating, will donate a piece for auction with 100 percent of the sale going to the organization.

Some of the students described the experience like a crash course in art shows.

Mandy Turner, who recently graduated from SHS and will be showing her “retro lifestyle” photography and jewelry this weekend, said preparing for the art show was overwhelming at times, but worked through it.

“I figured out ways of getting stuff done without knowing how,” she said.

Photographer Lauren Frykholm, an SHS grad, said she looks forward to receiving feedback from unbiased viewers.

She said in her work, which often has a splash of color in an otherwise black and white setting, there is a theme of “life coming through something dead.”

Gill Montgomery works in outdoor photos which she does not alter much. The recent SHS grad said she doesn’t plan out shoots, but rather uses her eye to find a worthy picture.

She said the art show has given her more understanding of the career.

“This experience has taught me to be more organized with everything,” she said.

The student art booth this weekend at the Pavilion at Keystone will be among the rest of the “Gatherers” including B.J. Briner, Doyle Goebel and Curtis Nazworth, Phil Poirier, Doug Ricketts and their guests: Jo Alcalde and Leslie Ravey, Yoshi Aoki, Roy Brown, Jared and Nicole Davis, Robert Deurloo, Lona Hymes-Smith, Tiffany Ownbey, Maria Samora, Hank Waddell and Mi Young Lee.

The gala dinner and auction, themed, “An Artful Feast,” is tonight.

For more information, call the Summit Foundation at (970) 453-5970.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

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