New gallery opens in Keystone |

New gallery opens in Keystone

Kimberly Nicoletti

A new gallery is showcasing local artists’ work as a co-op.

The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake opened Nov. 26, and last weekend, sales went “really well,” said Donna Causland, who organized the co-op.

Causland ran The Art Gallery at Keystone Mountain in the Gateway Plaza for a year, but decided to close last September due to high rent costs, she said.

Around that time, the landlord of the lakeside property offered her 400 square feet, and when Causland realized she could create a co-op in which she didn’t have to run the gallery everyday, the idea became very attractive.

“The whole thing just fell together,” Causland said.

The gallery shows works from about 20 Summit County and Vail Valley artists. Pieces range in price from $5 to $500-plus and include jewelry, paintings, sculptures, pottery, quilts and photography. This month, the gallery also features Christmas ornaments and other holiday work.

Many of the same artists who displayed pieces at The Art Gallery at Keystone Mountain are involved in the new gallery, but the space also gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their work.

“The important thing is it’s all local artists, and there’s a full range,” Causland said.

Kevin Reynolds is one of the artists who shows her paintings, and she is also a member of Women of Watercolor. As a relatively new artist, she said the gallery provides “a great opportunity to display my art in the community.”

“It’s excellent quality (art),” Reynolds said. “It’s not amateurish in any way.”

The gallery is similar to Arts Alive in Breckenridge as far as being a co-op, but the Keystone gallery does not require participants to be members of the Summit County Arts Council, nor does it jury its artists’ work. Since many artists live on the Keystone side of the county, Causland said it benefits those who had difficulty driving to Breckenridge, particularly in the winter.

“We’re keeping it easier for artists to be in a gallery,” she said, adding that the space still can accommodate a few other artists. For more information, call (970) 262-1443.

Until Dec. 15, the gallery only will open on weekends, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. After Dec. 15, Causland plans to open the doors daily and extend weekend hours, depending on traffic.

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