There is an old saying:
“Turn out the lights…The party’s over”
The OCAA Board met on January 7th, 2023, to discuss whether or not there would be an Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show in 2023. Discussion also included whether to continue AAH in the future. Responses from the earlier emailed letter were all considered. Ideas from the Board as well as information and comments from past AAH participants and present OCAA members were part of the discussion. The response to the earlier emailed letter was disappointingly small. Only 5% of the total 438 letters responded. Of those who answered if they would participate in AAH in 2023, half said they would not. AAH suffered a major profit loss in 2022 as well as having profit losses in each of the most recent years. The number of art entries continues to decline.
After considerable thought, the OCAA Board unanimously voted not to continue with AAH. The Board wishes to thank all OCAA members and AAH participants for 60 years of supporting AAH and sharing their beautiful art.
OCAA will remain and continue to pursue ways to support art in Ouray and the surrounding communities. OCAA will continue to provide scholarships and offer other support to the artistic endeavors of the youth in our communities. OCAA will continue to partner with The Wright Opera House to showcase local artists. The Board asks for your continued membership to help support these efforts.
Stay tuned-OCAA will continue to inform you of future artistic endeavors.
Our 60th and our last. Thank you to all the artists, judges and volunteers for making our 60th anniversary a beautiful one!
2022 Winner’s List
BEST IN SHOW – Donald Maurer: The Flicker
DRAWING & PRINTMAKING
1st: Amy Grogan: Mineral Blues
2nd: Carol Foerster: Seagull
3rd: Bernard Barrett: Anticipation
HM: Judy Campbell: Coal Miners of Kentucky
1st: Cie Hoover: Elevation
2nd: Carol Brecker: Ikebana Relief Agave
3rd: Judy Hazen: Grosbeaks ONLY!
HM: Loretta Casler: Line Seeking
1st: Kevin Koch: The Arches in October
2nd : Noble Heller: Wild Ride
3rd: James Dawson: Shade Tree
HM: Mary Pat Ettinger: Afternoon on the Mesa
HM: Bernard Barrett: Lillian
HM: Noble Heller: Wolfgang von Trips-Monaco
HM: Catherine Morin: May the Love of Your Mother Sustain You
1st: Nancy Lewis: Mesa Magic
2nd: Rosemary Juskevich: This Old House
3rd: Dinah Swan: Anak
HM: Dinah Swan: Coq de Bois
HM: Juanita Nelson: St. Michael’s
1st: Gary Ratcliff: Red Mountain Paintbrush
2nd: Todd Miller: Colorful Summer Sunrise Above Blue Lakes
3rd: Gary Ratcliff: Colorado Waterfall Milkyway
HM: Rodney Martinez: Two of a Kind
HM: Todd Miller: Wildflower Explosion at Ice Lake
HM: Todd Miller: Geminid Meteors Shower Down Over the Gore Range
1st: Jolynn Chappell: Norbert
2nd: Nick Eason: Summer Love
3rd: Carol Langan: In Momma’s Arms
HM: Jolynn Chappell: Home Sweet Home
1st: Janet Vetter: A Nod to the Sun
2nd: Linda Sherman: Layers of Time
3rd: Robert LaRose: Forsaken City Shadow Play
HM: Linda Sherman: The Miner
HM: Dani Tupper: Mama’s Shopping
HM: Susan Thiele: Ancient One
HM: Kate Gray: Beary Sleepy
1st: Bryce Thomsen: Night and Day
2nd: Auga: Crossing the Road
3rd: Ervay: Aquarium Perspective
HM: Julian: Paint Brush Splatter
HM: Rex: New Year Dragon
1st: Anna Mahlin: Home
2nd: Cory Thomsen: My World
3rd: Keaton Nelson: Spirit of the Peak
HM: Ava: Untitled
LOCATION & HOURS:
Community Center, 320 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO
July 28th & 29th – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
July 30th & 31st – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Aug. 1st – Aug. 6th – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2022:
If you haven’t already renewed your annual membership, please consider doing so. In part, your membership fees go towards providing scholarships to Ouray County graduating students who go on to major in fine arts. Membership Here
Select the Membership tab above or mail your membership payment to OCAA, PO Box 167, Ouray, CO 81427
We thank you for your continued support!
2021 Scholarship went to:
Ouray County Arts Association announced this year’s recipient of the Wayne Mayfield Memorial Scholarship: Maisy Gardiner, a Ridgway High school senior.
Gardiner, who will graduate later this month, will receive a $1000 scholarship. She has been accepted into Colorado State Univ in Ft. Collins in their honors program, pursuing a degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis on graphic design.
2020 in Review:
Ridgway Senior, Raven Hopgood has been selected by the OCAA board to receive our 2020 Wayne Mayfield Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000. Raven plans on attending the University of Colorado Boulder to study Art Practices.
We appreciate your support and so do the scholarship recipients!
A letter from one of our past scholarship recipients:
I wanted to reach out and say thank you. When I graduated from Ridgway High School in 2013, you helped me on my journey to becoming an artist by awarding me a scholarship to study Graphic Design at Fort Lewis College. A year later I ended up transferring to Montana State University where I shifted my artist medium to photography. Last December I graduated from Montana State University with a degree in film and photography with an emphasis in photography. I participated in two senior thesis shows and was awarded best in show with my project titled Passions. Throughout college I assisted my professor, Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Ian Van Coller in the field and at his studio, working on projects with a focus around Climate Change. When I graduated, Ian invited me on a trip to photograph Glaciers in Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island. At the end of last summer I joined Ian and a few other amazing artists on a trip to the arctic circle. I am extremely proud of this project and would love to share it with you. orionwillits.com/baffin-island
Thank you for the help, the stepping stones to pursue art as a profession, and the inspiration. I look forward to attending the Alpine Holiday Show in years to come.