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Saxing the Blues

Art embraces music: Blue Show sings songs of beauty, creativity, imagination

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Blue Lagoon, Mood Indigo, Rhapsody in Blue… and the list of songs bathed in the hue of blue goes on and on.  

This musical theme was so prevalent in the many artworks submitted in the current Corazon Art League of Trinidad’s Blue Show that all three first place winners uniquely celebrated the relationship of art to music far beyond just the color blue itself.

Each winning piece of art, in its own way, sang a song of beauty and creativity loudly enough into the ears and eyes of judge Henrietta Butler that she awarded them top honors and cash awards in three unique categories.

First Place in “Best Use of the Medium” is a beautiful watercolor portrait of a guitar player by Mary Byington entitled Different Shades of Blue.

First Place in “Best Interpretation” is a vibrant oil painting of a saxophonist by Mary Brundage , titled “Saxing the Blues.”

First Place in “Creativity” is a metal guitar made from chains and found objects, which encodes references to songs, challenging visitors to find and record them on a notebook placed by the “airy” metal guitar in Corazon Gallery’s front window. The name of this Tony Hadlow super creative metal sculpture, is a pun on its fabrication: “Steel Guitar.”  The guitar is accompanied by two little metal funny fellows: “Guitar Man” and “Sax Man.” They make the most unusual trio to ever play imaginary songs through the glass to passers by on Main Street.

This “Blue Show” will be open for viewing free of charge from now until September 22 during Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Bring your family and visiting guests to see the amazing artwork created by our hometown residents.

As part of its Mission Statement, the Corazon Art League of Trinidad offers a number of shows each year that are open for all local artists to enter. The next show, beginning in October, will be a “Critter” show featuring artwork relating to animals of any kind, real or imaginary.

Artists, you can pick up a prospectus by the Gallery door, Suite 1 at Gallery Row, 149 East Main Street in Trinidad, or you can download them from the Corazon Art League website  

Also, be on the lookout for a “Call for Artists” announcement in the Trinidad Chronicle News “Fine Print” section a few weeks before the show opens to accept entries.

Beginning next year, the entire schedule of shows for the year will be printed and distributed so that artists will have plenty of time to prepare new work for each exhibition. For further information, drop by the Gallery, check the Corazon Art League webpage or Facebook page, or call the Gallery at 719-846-0207.

Let us show our visitors, through browsing through the treasures in our stores and galleries, what a rich fountain of creativity flows in this beautiful valley between the Spanish Peaks and Trinidad’s own unique landmark Fisher’s Peak.

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