The afternoon was still hot and bright when Quickdraw artists Daphna Russell, Linda Nadel, Mary Hill, Lori Berry and Lindsay Jenkins began creating works of art to be auctioned off in Centennial Plaza on Friday, Aug. 27. By evenings’ end, the heat had cooled, the works created had been sold, the 2010 PAX raffle painting (Gina Grundemann’s ‘Last Light on Little Cimarron’) was won by Tracy Munson of Cedaredge, and the Fifth Annual PAX Gala Event and Quickdraw had kicked off one more year of bringing art to the streets of Montrose.
We could not do this without you. To our Patrons – Craig and Julee Wolverton of Four Seasons Investment Advisors, the City of Montrose, Bob and Pat Brown and Around the Corner Art Gallery, and the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism; to our Sponsors – Mountain Valley Fish and Oyster, Inc., Montrose Daily Press, Montrose Arts Council; as well as Friends of PAX, including Megapixel Digital Imaging, Eldorado Financial, Gina Grundemann, Smugglers Brew Pub & Grill and Columbine Copy Center, LLC—thank you for understanding that outdoor sculpture and the visual arts bring our Downtown to life and engage community members and visitors of all ages.
To our Quickdraw artists, to those who volunteered their time to help with our Gala, to our auctioneer Ralph Walchle, and to the sculptors participating in this year’s PAX display – Richard Arnold, Chuck Christie, Larry Davidson, Jerry Dunbar, Sven Krebs, Caleb Kullman, Ella Marolf, David Miss, Tracy Munson, Bill Noland, Pokey Park, Damian Radice, Daphna Russell, Michael Short, Margaret Tange, Beatrice Villiger and Mary Zimmerman – we extend our heartfelt thanks.
To our vendors, including Pollo Azado and the Montrose ACT Redcoats, and to our wonderful entertainer Peggy Malone, and to everyone who came out to celebrate our community sculpture unveiling, we also express our deepest gratitude. Finally, to the members of the PAX Steering Committee – Nancy Ballantyne, Bob and Pat Brown, Dennis Erickson, Caroline Lescroart, Jill Myers, Rich Parr, Lu Anne Tyrrell, Caitlin Switzer (PAX publicist), and Michelle Young—thanks for your efforts all year long!
– Carolyn Bellavance, chair, Public Art eXperience