Vail Fine Arts Festival Brings Women Artists to Lionshead Village
The Vail Fine Arts Festival, scheduled from Friday August 21 through Sunday August 23, features art in a variety of media at Lionshead Village in Vail. The artists, many of whom are accomplished women in their respective media, will sell works and answer visitors’ questions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three dates.
The art fair is organized by the Vail Valley Arts League, which also annually hosts Art on the Rockies. Art on the Rockies 2020 has successfully adapted its event format to provide social distancing guidelines, and organizers will be implementing similar arrangements for this event.
One of the main goals of the Vail Fine Arts Festival is to promote female artists. Festival poster artist Aileen Frick, works in collage with torn paper from magazines and other mixed media. She did landscapes and cityscapes, including some of the village of Vail.
Although she doesn’t see her art as a reflection of her gender, she sees how her femininity influences the way she creates her work.
“I feel that my work is limitless. But after further reflection, I realize that all of my work is based on my worldview and through the feminine filter, ”she said. “With this, I think my works reflect a sensitivity and empathy for people, as well as a great appreciation for beauty in everyday moments.”
Starring artist Jennifer Lashbrook uses recycled paint chips to create pixelated portraits, and she often chooses female icons as subjects. She has created images of Rosie the Riveter, Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Queen Elizabeth II, Barbie, Audrey Hepburn and more.
She uses perspective and distance to create her image – they don’t make much sense up close, but further away the image becomes clearer and instantly recognizable. This process is compounded when you look at it through a cell phone camera because the digital image is framed as if you are standing further away than you actually are. This process requires viewers to engage and engage in the work.
“Because I use familiar images, Gestalt psychology plays a role and the audience adds details of their past experience with the image,” Lashbrook said.
gestaltism dictates that the human mind should be seen as a whole, without focusing on small components: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So someone who has watched old movies will have different experiences with the portraits of Hepburn and Monore than someone who hasn’t.
Beyond art, the Vail Fine Arts Festival serves as a bonding and character-building experience for artists. Lashbrook, Frick and participating artist McKenzie Fisk became close friends as they presented their work together at numerous festivals.
“It’s difficult as a woman (or anyone) to pack her van full of artwork and drive across the country solo in the hopes of finding new collectors. We’ve developed a great friendship through our travels and it’s so nice to always have art friends when you’re in a new city, ”said Lashbrook.
For more information on the Vail Fine Arts Festival, visit artontherockies.org/vail-fine-arts.