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The Sangres Art Guild in Custer County, Colorado, promotes the arts in the Wet Mountain Valley to create an exceptional arts-centered destination where everyone can create, support, participate and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Wet Mountain Valley.  We also operate the 3rd Street Gallery in Westcliffe.  Explore the web site to learn more.  Look below for our latest announcements.  Search the Archives for older posts.  Now go create!

Congrats Holiday Show Peoples’ Choice Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Peoples’ Choice awards at the Holiday Show.  Three awards were slated, but due to the close tie for third, we issued four awards.  The highest vote-getter was Silvia Hooper‘s photograph “Calm Waters Begin As Waterfalls” followed closely by Mike Arterburn‘s oil painting “Ophir Creek Aspens.”  Tied for third place were Liz VanSomeren‘s fiber art “Portrait of a Happy Dog” and Natalie Thurston‘s acrylic painting “Nana’s Ranunculus.”  Also placing high in the number of votes acquired were Silvia Hooper’s photograph “Fairyland,” Mike Arterburn’s conte pencil drawing “Valley Bison,” Curt Gillespie’s oil painting “Boreal Sunrise,” Natalie Thurston’s watercolor painting “Amish Sisters,” and Karen LeBlond’s raku wall art “Red Canyon Sunset.”  Congratulations to all exhibitors on putting together a fine show.  Our thanks also to Anne Owens and Donna Ehrhardt for arranging a fine reception.

Holiday Show!

Our annual Holiday Show is up!  Come see the show during the artists’ reception this Saturday, December 6 from 4-7 at the 3rd Street Gallery.  We’ll have tasty hors d’oeuvres, wine and other drink, good cheer and of course, great art!  The show focuses on smaller works of art at affordable prices.  Artists will be in attendance, and there will be three Peoples Choice awards.

Local artist and author Dr. Annie Dawid will be present to sign her books “And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family”, “Lily in the Desert: Stories” and an anthology.  Also, Dr. Bill Gillette, local author and photographer, will sign his new book “The Living Landscape: Seasons Under the Sangres.

Come join the fun and help us decide the Peoples’ Choices!

One week later, join Michael Arterburn at his Holiday Show reception at Arterburn Fine Art and Graphics, 409 Main Street in Westcliffe, December 13, 3-6 pm.

Brookwood Gallery’s Winter Solstice Reception

New artworks by “the Maestro” artist Gerald Merfeld, Lorie Merfeld-Batson and Elizabeth Merfeld will be on exhibit at their Winter Solstice Artists’ Reception on Saturday November 29 from 1-5 at Brookwood Gallery in Westcliffe.  National Geographic photographer Bill Gillette will be signing his new book “The Living Landscape: Seasons Under the Sangres” during the reception along with local author Hal Walter signing his new book “Full Tilt Boogie: A Journey Into Autism, Fatherhood, and an Epic Test of Man and Beast.”  A week later, 3rd Street Gallery will host their Holiday Show Artists’ Reception on December 6.

Kudos Hulda Benson

Hulda Benson won 1st in photography at the Zonta Artful Women Exhibition for her B&W image “Way Station” and honorable mention for her color image “Rain In The Valley“.  She also received the artists choice award in the past SAG Fall Show.  Keep it up, Petie!

Congrats Alla Prima Westcliffe Winners!

Congratulations go to Alla Prima Westcliffe award winners:

  • 1st Place ($1,000 cash): Carol Buschmann for her pastel “After Noon Glow”
  • PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence (1/4-page ad): Jeanne Echternach for her oil painting “In the Morning Light”
  • 2nd Place ($300 cash): Lorie Merfeld-Batson for her oil painting “Waiting Patiently”
  • 3rd Place ($200 cash): Kathy Rhodes for her oil painting “Valley Vista”
  • Judsons Art Outfitters award ($260 French easel): Jennifer Riefenberg for her oil painting “Pinon”
  • Front Range Frames award ($150 frame): Jeanene V. Parker for her oil painting “In the Palm of His Hands”
  • Grumbacher/Schmincke award ($200 art supplies): Gene VanEssen for his oil painting “Westcliffe Vista”
  • Wet Wall Award ($100 H.R. Meininger certificate): Jeanne Echternach for her oil painting “In the Morning Light”
Congratulations also to Arts Hullabaloo chalk art winners!
  • 1st Place: Stephanie Rose
  • 2nd Place: Hannah Kennedy
  • 3rd Place: Autumn Foulk
More information, including more pictures, will be published at a later date.