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Winter Park: Gallery canvasses walls with 50 Colorado artists

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

One of Winter Park’s oldest art galleries has a lot of new things to celebrate.

Trail Ridge Art Company announces a Holiday Open House weekend where viewers will get a chance to meet 50 Colorado artists, including new Raku potters, local photographers, rug makers, jewelry and glassworks.

The open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

As of march, the gallery has a fresh look with a new owners, new artists and an expanded “paint your own pottery studio,” the only paint-your-own venue like it in the county. The studio is a huge attraction for school groups, children’s birthday parties, and out-of-town visitors, “giving the whole family the opportunity to take home a special memento of their visit to Winter Park, and spend quality time together,” said Toni Lineaweaver, who co-owns the gallery with Stan Hopkins.

Lineaweaver has landscape and wildlife photography of her own on display in the gallery. Her photographs have become a favorite of locals as well as tourists looking for classic scenes of the Fraser Valley.

Lineaweaver, who grew up near the Italian Alps, immigrated to Argentina and then to the United States to earn her master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She said she always loved the mountains, so she moved to Winter Park about eight years ago.

The artist, who also sells real estate on the side, said she takes photos through her “mind’s eye.” The gift of a good camera from a friend released Lineaweaver’s passion for photography and since then she’s taken thousands of incredible shots.

She said she bought the gallery to find a home for all those photographs, as well as to “share the wonders of the different seasons and wild creatures with the public that visits the valley.”

Also new to the gallery are paintings by Grand Lake artist Marjorie Cranston, who will be at the store 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Her limited-edition giclee prints and original artworks are available there. Other artists who are also scheduled to drop by Saturday include nature photographer Andy Long, jeweler Heidi McNinch and Robb Peters.

Sunday’s open house highlights artists from the Fraser Valley, including Lineaweaver who will be on site. Monday’s open house includes a special guest ” Colorado-renowned photographer John Fielder ” who will be at the gallery to sign books (including children’s book “Maria’s Mysterious Mission” released in August) and calendars, both featuring his photos.

“I admire his dedication and passion to share his intimate moments with nature,” said Lineaweaver, who had the opportunity to take a workshop with the fellow photographer and is excited to have him in her new gallery.

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