Stars of Custer County
SAG’s 2020 season kicked off this year with the Virtual Opening for the 2021 “Stars of Custer County” Calendar Art Show. The physical reception was held on June 6th at the 3rd Street Gallery, from 11am-5pm, allowing for appropriate social distancing amid the COVID-19 restrictions. During the reception, the public voted on Peoples’ Choice awards, the results of which can be seen toward the bottom of this page.
Visit our Virtual Show (below) or see the show in person until June 29.
The exhibition showcases 86 entries in multiple mediums from artists of the Southern Colorado region and beyond. The 2021 Calendar Show will run from May 2-June 29. (The show’s duration was extended two weeks due to pandemic-caused schedule changes). Please scroll down for online sales of the calendar and images of the winning entries.
Artworks seen in the virtual show are available for purchase. Contact Terri, the gallery manager at email@example.com for details.
The 2021 Calendar is also available for purchase.
The Calendar Show entries were judged on March 9th by Coni Grant of Alamosa, who was hard-pressed to limit herself to only 12. She was very impressed with the quality of the entries and had a difficult time narrowing it to only 12! Thank you Coni!
Members of Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley selected the cover, “Starry Crown for a King,” by Willdra-Walker Ruzanski and offered a separate cash prize. They liked its representation of the valley (mountains, foothills, elk), the Milky Way, and its representation of a phenomenon called Zodiacal light.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Calendar Show competition in alphabetical order:
- Lorie Batson, “Hardscrabble Creek III,” Oil
- Tracy Cook-Wein, “In Yer Face,” Collage
- Curt Gillespie, “Rodeo Prayer,” Oil
- Jan Kraus, “Winter Solitude,” Oil
- Jean Krueger, “Shell Station,” Watercolor
- Karen LeBlond, “Star Party,” Raku Clay
- Tony Pachak, “Lake Visitor,” Oil
- Terra Raye, “Cone Star,” Photograph
- Gordon Schockey, “Wintergreen,” Photograph
- Judy Sprague, “Deep Night Sky,” Pastel
- Don Vawter, “Sunrise Moonset,” Photograph
- Willdra Walker-Ruzanski, “Starry Crown for a King,” Acrylic
- Terri Wiebke, “Tree Scape,” Pastel
There were 86 entries and 38 participating artists. All entries were accepted. Thanks to everyone for entering the show!
Peoples’ Choice award winners were ShuShu Clark for her Oil, Sangres Skyline and a tie for 2nd place, Gordon (Shorty) Schockey for his Photo, Jackson Stage Station and Don Vawter, for his Photo, Sunrise Moonset. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who braved the weather to come out and check out the artwork and vote.
In addition to the People’s Choice winners, door prizes were won by six folks who chose either 2021 Calendars, note cards from Michael Arterburn and a plant from Salty Pine Floral and Boutique. Special thanks to Terri Wiebke and Annie Dawid for ‘manning the store’ from 11 to 5 which allowed us to host a safe and enjoyable Opening Reception.