November and December Gallery Exhibitions November 08 2017, 0 Comments

Experiential shopping is a big deal to us. When you visit our galleries, it ought to be an experience far more fun and informative than your visit to any other gallery or store. One of the best ways to experience the art world is to meet the artists that have excelled in their careers to the point that they are shown in prestigious gallery collections. Watching them work and hearing the stories behind their creations can be mind-blowing. Thus, we have packed our winter season with an exhibition and artist demonstration schedule that is sure to satisfy!

Our exhibitions begin with visits to Breckenridge Thanksgiving weekend from painters David V. Gonzales and Deb Komitor, along with sculptor Judith Snyder. Rolinda Stotts will be spending the weekend painting in Vail.

Artist David Gonzales Ski PaintingDavid V. Gonzales will be featured in our newest location, known as Breckenridge South. Gonzales’ work depicting athletics, mountain towns, and wildlife is always a highlight in our collection. He paints with power and purpose, creating scenes that seem to move before our eyes. The amount of energy and vibrancy that Gonzales paints with perfectly captures the power and grace of his subject’s motions. Watching Gonzales paint is riveting. He combines brushwork with palette knives. He moves his tools throughout his hand-built panels with a remarkable rhythm. Seemingly within the same second, Gonzales will be painting the top left corner of his piece and the bottom right corner. He occasionally bounces while he works and he often likens his creative process to that of performing in an athletic event. We tend to be super careful when he is painting in the galleries, as he has been known to fling paint across the room. Gonzales paintings are often upside down while he works on them. This forces him to think less analytically about his subject and focus more on his compositions and color theory. The end results are fascinating, even more so when you have the opportunity to watch the work come to life!

In our flagship location, now referred to as Breckenridge North, Judith Snyder will be working with ceramics on Friday and Saturday. Deb Komitor will be painting on Saturday and Sunday. Snyder and Komitor are both new additions to our collection and this will be the first show with us for each lady!

Judith Snyder Ceramic Cairn SculpturesSnyder’s ceramic sculptures will make for an interactive exhibition. She stacks sculpted ceramic together to create pieces that resemble the cairns that we come across on beautiful trails. Snyder has mastered many unique forms of the clay firing process, from wood to salt to raku firing. The organic and natural qualities of her work are immediately striking. Snyder will be bringing some unfinished works which our clients will be encouraged to assemble themselves. By stacking the ceramic pieces, clients can build their own sculptures! Snyder refers to the series of work we have shown thus far as her “Spirit Guide Series.” She says, “The Spirit Guide Series explores an inner spiritual journey, guided by spirits of angels. These mentors counsel us on our journey through life.” The metaphor present in Snyder’s work is even more prescient for those lucky enough to participate in her forthcoming demonstration. Art should speak to us. Snyder’s serves as a reminder of the trails we have taken in life and a beautiful guide for those we have yet to embark on.

Deb Komitor Oil PaintingDeb Komitor’s oil paintings take us deep into the forest. A full-fledged exhibition of her work feels like a journey into your favorite neck of the woods. She paints her landscapes in an almost pixelated manner. Up close, one appreciates the rich colors and heavy brushstrokes. It is easy to appreciate the abstract nature of her painting style. Upon stepping further from the painting, Komitor’s work becomes crisp and accurate. This transition that occurs as you move to and from her paintings feels much like the transition one experiences while on a hike. The scenery changes from every angle. Komitor’s paintings all begin by applying the darkest colors. Black forms the background. From there, Komitor begins the process of growth. Every stroke of the brush brings forth more color, more depth, and more movement. Light begins to emerge as she moves through the painting process. Eventually, the contrast between the dark background and emerging foreground serves as a beckoning further into the trees. The light colors provide the warmth necessary to want to continue the journey. To Komitor, the paintings represent hope and wonder. They capture those magnificent moments when the quiet of the forest allows us to dream big, to feel at one with the world and to let our imaginations wander. 

Rolinda Stotts Bella Rotta PaintingVisitors to our Vail gallery will get to spend part of the weekend with an incredible lady and artist. We have shown Rolinda Stotts’ Bella Rotta paintings for just under a year and a half now. To say that her addition to our collection changed the game for us would probably be an understatement. Rolinda’s work is truly unique. We have not seen other artists create with anything resembling the same technique. This is one of many reasons that so many of our clients have gravitated to her work. One of the others is her infectious personality. Her natural ability to connect with people on so many levels is incredible. She believes that imperfection is the source of all great things. As a result, she tears her paintings apart while she is working on them. Every part of her work, right down to the pine frames that she rests her sculpted birch wood and oil-coated canvases on, is built by her own hands. She takes great pride in her calloused fingers. She encourages you to touch her work. That’s right; this isn’t your typical art gallery exhibition. You are more than welcome to touch your favorite painting. As a matter of fact, you are told to do so. After all, if you live far enough away that we cannot come hang it for you, you will do so eventually, right? Thus, Rolinda created her own varnish to protect her beautiful works from our fingers. You might want to bring some clothes that you don’t mind getting some paint on too. At Rolinda’s summer exhibition in Breckenridge, we sold a beautiful floral scene to a wonderful grandma because her grandson was granted the opportunity to pick up the brush and make a few marks of his own. We could spend a lot more time telling you about Rolinda and her work. We recommend coming to meet her instead! Rolinda will be in Vail November 24th and 25th and December 8th and 9th. And if you miss the Vail exhibition, there is no reason to fret. She will be coming to Breckenridge January 5th and 6th too!

Vail Film Festival Events April 08 2016, 0 Comments

We are proud to be hosting a couple events for the 13th annual Vail Film Festival! One of our artists, David V. Gonzales, painted the official image for the film festival poster. We have the original painting on display in the Vail gallery, as well as poster for sale. Gonzales will be at the Vail Cascade signing poster on Saturday, April 9th, from 3 to 6 PM. Click here to order the poster.

Vail Film Festival Poster by David V. Gonzales

We are also hosting a party in our Vail gallery from 1-3 PM on  Sunday, April 10th, for one of the featured documentaries at the film festival. Out of the Ashes is a brilliant film about a story of friendship and a dream taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States. The two main subjects in the movie, Prince and Grace, will be in the gallery during the party to sign stills from the movie. We will also be serving a traditional West African food dish, as well as refreshments.

We hope you can join us for one or both events this weekend!

Out of the Ashes Film Poster

Cynthia Duff Showing in Vail April 05 2015, 0 Comments

Organic. Unique. Contemporary. Classic. Combined, each adjective perfectly sums up the work of Cynthia Duff. Her wooden canvases literally pop off of the wall. Each piece undulates with a perfect combination of form, color and composition. Duff's show, hanging at the Art on a Whim gallery, presents a wondrous experience of discovering what can be accomplished when an artist steps outside of the box and literally bends their medium in new directions.

Glades of the Gore by Cynthia DuffDuff says, “I start my work with this raw magnificent inspiration. I visualize it... I become one with it. I use music, color, subject, shape and line to help me orchestrate my art. Once the work has started it follows a journey of its own. My inner self must be allowed to flow and create. I am often amazed at the results."Working with wood seemed to come by accident for Duff. Years ago, she was invited to display her work in a show titled “Bent.” Duff searched far and wide for a manufacturer or a DIY method to bend canvas into a rounded form. Without the means to manipulate canvas in such a manner, she turned to wood. Today, she has gained worldwide acclaim for creating a series of work that adds an incredible amount of natural beauty to the spaces it decorates.

Duff’s work begins with picking a flat piece of birch wood. She carefully mixes a combination of acrylics and wood stains to both add color to the piece and enhance the beautiful wood grains that are already inherent in it. Duff’s use of layered gold leaf provides an elegant and stunning shine to the top layers of each contemporary painting.  Fracturing, a technique she developed to highlight the intricacy of her work, allows for color blocking to come in swirling, seemingly dancing, patterns. In her landscapes, the technique allows her to present different parts of the day within the same painting by slicing the composition into sections.

A major piece included in Duff's current show, measuring 60" x 60", is titled "Glades of the Gore." The painting is a perfect example of her fracturing process. The majestic Gore Range stands tall above an aspen and spruce covered hillside hidden somewhere on Vail mountain. The peaks are bathed in a glorious alpenglow while the rest of the painting shifts seamlessly between morning, afternoon and nighttime light. Interestingly, the painting was done with a combination of brushes and hotel room key cards. Duff collects key cards from her travels throughout the world. They were laying around her studio one day and seemed like they would add another dimension to her painting technique. As evidenced in "Glades of the Gore," they worked perfectly.

Chillin Blue by Cynthia DuffWhile most artists would be content to stop with a perfectly composed painting, Duff’s work is only part done. She hand shapes each piece of painted wood into three-dimensional, rounded curves. As viewer’s walk past her work different parts of the painting appear. Looking at each piece changes dramatically depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The curves mimic the shape of the tree trunk upon which she has painted, breathing life back into the tree. With Colorado being such an outdoorsy state, the wooden canvases speak to the pristine environment in which Duff resides.In Duff's abstracts, the colors contrast and blend beautifully throughout the piece. Much of her recent work has focused on abstraction. She says, “I love painting landscapes but when I begin an abstract composition the colors and shapes start dancing in front of me. I paint with music on and I’m sure that has something to do with it. Historically I have created more landscapes, figurative and wildlife work but at the moment I am having so much fun with shapes. As much as I plan each piece, the final result of every abstracted painting is still a surprise to me.”

Duff demonstrated her work and explaining her process in the Art on a Whim gallery in Vail this March. With several significant sales so far, this is a show worth seeing. Duff says, "God gives you a gift and to me part of my gift is to bring pleasure to people through their eyes. The gallery is a happy sanctuary to view, be inspired and bring that joy back home."

Ellen Woodbury Exhibition in Vail through February 1st January 20 2015, 0 Comments

Name a Disney movie between 1985 and 2005 and chances are Ellen Woodbury worked on it. Here are a few: Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and The Beauty and the Beast. Having been born in the early 1980’s myself; Woodbury spent her career bringing the stories that shaped my childhood to life. As a Directing Animator at the company that brought us The Magic Kingdom, Mickey Mouse and more, Woodbury’s career is marked with highlights and prestige. This weekend, she is meeting collectors while showing a collection of her sculpture at the Art on a Whim gallery in Vail Village.

Woodbury broke down barriers with her work on The Lion King, becoming the first female Supervising Character Animator in the long and storied history of Disney. Her character, Zazu, is the little hornbill (a tropical bird) in the film. Woodbury was known among the animation industry as one of the most disciplined and accomplished individuals in the field. Film producer Don Hahn said he has, “never seen anybody get into a character as much as Woodbury would.” For this, and many other significant   achievements, Woodbury is regarded as one of the 50 Most Influential Disney Animators. Today, she spends her time in Loveland, Colorado creating classic and contemporary stone sculptures from precious stones found throughout the world.

Woodbury turned to stone sculpting in 2005, having resigned from her position at Disney in order to pursue a career as an independent artist. Long before, her path in education took her to the film program at Syracuse University, which she credits for teaching her how to analyze and for opening her mind. In 1982 Woodbury enrolled at The California Institute of the Arts. Here, she became the prized pupil of master animator and artist Jules Engel. With her background in animation well established at this point, Engel simply pushed Woodbury to another level. She says, “He was just so charming. There was something about him right from the start. He showed me the work and it really blew me away! Where my mind was stretched, Jules filled it up with all these different ways of animating, all these different mediums and ideas.”

According to Engel, “A mentor is someone who may be trained in academia, but who is more concerned with the 'big' picture of highly personal, cutting-edge experimentation and individual thinking about the arts.” The combination of Engel’s influence and Disney’s wondrous and innocent characters are ever present in each of Woodbury’s one-of-a-kind sculptures. She is an artist who is not afraid to strike out on her own, drawing upon her extensive training while spending hundreds of hours painstakingly creating each unique sculpture.

On her piece depicting two white-tailed ptarmigans, titled “Squash and Stretch,” Woodbury says; “Squash and stretch is one of the most important ingredients in traditional Disney animation. It is defined as change in shape with no change in volume, as illustrated by the poses of these ptarmigans. The principle of squash and stretch gives character animation life, weight and flexibility and makes Disney animation fun to watch and create.” Soft curves, crisp edges and changes in shape highlight the piece. The sculpture is created from Sivec Marble, which was quarried in Greece. It is the same stone used in ancient Greek temples, plazas and statues. The marble is pristine, with medium sized crystals resembling the snow the famed ptarmigans are so adept at blending into.

Amongst a collection of ten original pieces, Woodbury’s show stopper is titled “Phoenix Rising.” The sculpture is inspired by hope and new beginnings. The piece is made from Yule Marble, which was quarried not from here in Marble, Colorado. From the base to the tip of the Phoenix’ taller wing the piece measures 30” high. Light plays off of the smooth sculpted surface, as the piece is designed by using a combination of curved and faceted lines. Crystals found within the ancient stone sparkle like snowflakes when they catch the light. The piece held up to 623 hours of rigorous sculpting while being formed thanks to the strong bedding plane that the stone Woodbury chose was discovered in. Both tips of the bird’s wings delicately curve outwards, giving the piece the feeling of flight and reaching for the next step in life. Woodbury says, “Every bit of careful effort you put into your sculpting returns to you ten times over in successful forms, pristine color, subtle veining and dazzling snowflake crystal. This bird rises from the embers of one art form (animation) to inspire and inform another.”

Woodbury’s current show at the Art on a Whim gallery represents well over a year’s worth of work. Given her preferred medium of stone, each piece is truly unique and is not created in editions. Woodbury will be wet-sanding a new piece while talking about her extensive background and incredible techniques in the gallery throughout the weekend. A master of animation and a master sculptor, Woodbury’s work is a sight to see.

Marty Goldstein and his Playful Bronzes Visit Vail and Breckenridge June 26 2014, 0 Comments

Playful only begins to describe the work of sculptor Marty Goldstein. The bronze dogs that make up his “Harvey Dogs” series are all full of personality. Every single piece is sculpted with one purpose: to bring laughter and joy to the lives of the people who collect his work. If a piece doesn’t bring a smile to his lips while he is sculpting the clay form, it doesn’t get put through the arduous lost wax process to be cast in bronze.

“Look at a whimsical dog, and for the moment, you forget about the ills of the world, politics and other not-so-nice things,” Goldstein said.

The Art on a Whim galleries in Vail and Breckenridge will host artist receptions for Goldstein on Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. The joy that Goldstein brings to the world through his happy “Harvey Dogs” is always on display in the galleries, but this weekend, Goldstein will be adding his ebullient and humorous personality to the viewing experience.

Care-free moments

Art is meant to strike an emotional response in its viewers, and Goldstein’s work does just that. The quizzical faces, soulful eyes and playful poses of his pieces immediately disarm people and bring them right to the innocent, care-free moments of playing with their furry companions. For Goldstein, it takes him back to his childhood, which he spent with two adoring Irish setters.

It seems that Goldstein was always meant to sculpt. It took him 66 years to make it happen, however. He endured the rigors and stress of the corporate world, all the while telling his wife, Barbara, that she needed to remind him to sculpt upon his retirement. She had been told that most retired guys just get in the way of their wives after wrapping up their careers, so Goldstein knew he better find something to do with himself.

At Barbara’s urging, he took a series of sculpting classes at their local art center. From there, a series of 130 limited-edition bronze sculptures was born and a new career was launched. Goldstein has since garnered international acclaim for his creative work. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum even has a piece modeled after the president’s Scottish terrier Fala.

 Process of transformation

When Goldstein begins a new sculpture, he isn’t quite sure where it is intended to go. Each piece can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete. Add in the several months it takes to transform the sculpted piece from clay to bronze, and when you stop into the Art on a Whim gallery this weekend, you will be looking at a collection that has taken years to amass.

Every piece begins with Goldstein’s determination of the size and pose that he will form. The facial characteristics and priceless expressions are always saved for last. While the perfectly smooth forms and exaggerated features of his dogs comprise a great deal of the work, it is the details that truly bring them to life. They bring a unique personality to each piece, whether it’s in the appearance of inquiring eyes or silly wrinkles.

His piece “Sylvester” stands perched in the downward dog position, ready to play with every willing passer-by. With his head cocked to the side, he seems to always be asking if you are ready to bounce around the room with him. The contented look on the face of “Charlie” compliments his oversized droopy ears, showing one easy-going and happy puppy. Each large piece has bright gold toenails. Why? Just to add a bit of the sparkle that dogs add to our lives.

The bulk of Goldstein’s work is not specific to any breed. Rather, he seeks to capture the essence of innocence and beauty that all canines possess.

“Whimsical dogs remind me that life sometimes gets too serious and that we need a release,” the artist said. “Funny-looking dogs do that for me.”

Goldstein will be in the Art on a Whim Vail gallery on June 27th, 2014 and the Breckenridge Art on a Whim gallery the following afternoon.


Matt Angiono's Summer 2014 Show Helps Celebrate Vail's GoPro Mountain Games June 08 2014, 0 Comments

Photographer Matt Angiono is showing his nature and action sports images at Art on a Whim Gallery in Vail


This photo of  “Sketchy” Andy Lewis as he performs in the Slackline World Championships in Vail was taken by Matt Angiono using a GoPro camera and nabbed two different awards: Best GoPro action shot and best GoPro moment.    
"Gore Range Sunset," by Matt Angiono.


During the GoPro Mountain Games this past year, photographer Matt Angiono trekked straight up Vail Mountain, camera in hand, and was rewarded with a stunning shot of the Gore Range.

“There was a sunset rainbow over the range,” he remembered. “I hiked up and all of a sudden a huge rainbow appeared. The mountains were all orange. It was really cool.”

Angiono had his camera set on a time lapse, which means he got a pretty amazing sequence of photos.

“You can watch the rainbow form. I was getting rained on while I was taking it. I was covering the camera with my jacket and shirt to keep water off the lens. I was like ‘You can’t miss this shot.’”

That photo, along with plenty of other nature photography as well as action-sports oriented shots, is on display at Art on a Whim gallery on Bridge Street in Vail this weekend. In between shooting events such as slopestyle and freestyle kayaking at this years Games, Angiono will be in the gallery discussing his artwork.

This past year, Angiono took the top prize in two of the photography categories in the Mountain Games photography competition with one photo. The photograph features “Sketchy” Andy Lewis as he performs in the Slackline World Championships. It was the first time Angiono had ever photographed slacklining. Lewis is shown mid-air and mid-flip in front of an awe-struck crowd and the Water Tree sculpture in Vail Village. The sun seems to serve as a point of rotation for Lewis as he performs his gravity defying trick.

“I like to shoot into the sun, get that back lit shadow effect,” said Angiono, who is always hunting for what he calls “epic light.” He took the photo using his Go Pro and entered a color version and a black and white version of the same photo in two different categories.

“It won best Go Pro action shot and best Go Pro moment,” Angiono said.

The shot speaks to the focus, determination and daring all needed for athletes to perform at their highest level, on the highest stage.


Composing the canopy

Angiono has photographed events at the Mountain Games for the past five years, he said, but he’s primarily a nature photographer.

“I want people to look and have a connection with nature,” he said. “That’s a big part of my motivation — inspiring people to be outside, enjoy the outdoors, take care of them, all that good stuff.”

“Buena Vista Aspen Canopy,” perhaps Angiono’s signature piece to date, was taken while he spent a day lying on his back looking for the perfect combination of composition and light. The piece has the viewer staring straight up into a golden canopy of aspen leaves back dropped by a bluebird sky. An enormous 40-inch-by-50-inch version of the photo is on display at Art on a Whim.

“The piece is incredible,” said Art on a Whim gallery owner Brian Raitman who is good friends with Angiono. “You see a lot of photographers shoot similar compositions and, in all honesty, they are far from being on the same level. It is one of those pieces that instantly sucks you in. The colors exemplify that perfect bluebird, classic Colorado fall day and the piece is a wonderful mix of realism and abstraction, which I find is very hard to capture with photography.”

You never see Angiono without his camera, Raitman said, and he’s an expert at finding art in all of his surroundings.

“He has a way of capturing light that is very surreal and sublime at the same time,” Raitman said. “His depth of field is incredible. Details are always vivid in his work, to the point that you can pick out rock croppings on a distant mountain in a small print. You can tell he works hard for his shots too, as many of them come from hard to reach wilderness areas. Others come from the simplest of places, like his backyard.”



Houston Llew and Chris Lundy Shows in Vail January 26 2014, 0 Comments

This is a great article that ran in the Vail Daily over the weekend:

Meet artists Houston Llew and Chris Lundy at Vail gallery

Through the use of innovative techniques and the mastery of ancient art forms, Houston Llew and Chris Lundy have risen to the top of the long list of America’s most talented and collected young artists. Both artists will show their work at Art on a Whim galleries in Vail Village this weekend.

It was a journey westward that marked a transformative experience in Llew’s life. Fueling his Winnebago along the way with the occasional poker game, Llew eventually landed in Santa Fe, New Mexico and met his mentor, the master enamelist Zingaro, who introduced Llew to the ancient world of vitreous enamel.


Vitreous enamel is the luminous combination of fired glass on metal. Its history dates back to artifacts found in the ruins of ancient Greece, China and the Isle of Man. In both Zingaro and Llew’s work, it is the application of molten glass layered onto blocks of copper. When Llew first fired his own designs in a kiln, he knew he had found himself as an artist.

Llew’s discovery of vitreous enamel launched him to the forefront of emerging American artists and spawned his creation of Spiritiles late in 2008. Created with the vitreous enamel process, Llew begins each piece by shaping and sizing a block of copper mined from the American southwest. Next, he forms colored bits of glass into the designs seen on his finished Spiritiles. The tiles are kiln-fired to hold the glass in its final, beautiful resting place on top of the durable copper. For the final part of the process, Llew intentionally cracks each piece to provide a rustic look to an otherwise contemporary looking medium.


Perhaps the most interesting part of each Spiritile is the quote found on its golden sides. For example, Llew’s depiction of fluttering birds titled “Aloft” reads, “To our children we give two things — one is roots, the other wings,” by Hodding Carter. His heart design reads, “I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart,” an E.E. Cummings quote. And Llew’s bicycle piece “Brilliant Ride” states, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle,” since Albert Einstein had some great ideas while riding his bicycle. Llew signs the bottom of each piece.


Chris Lundy creates multidimensional, mixed-media paintings that reflect his love for the universe as a whole. As a master and innovator of the modern illuminist technique, Lundy’s work is all about reflection.

Modern illuminism is a far-from-common artistic style. In fact, research shows that Lundy is one of only a handful of people in the world working in the style. While contemporary in approach, composition and form, the art form traces its earliest roots to Renaissance painter Matthias Grunewald and later to masters such as Rembrant and William Turner.

Reflecting light

At its core, and at the core of every one of Lundy’s original works, modern illuminism is defined by the art of reflecting light through painting. The glue that holds Lundy’s collection together and truly separates him from his artistic counterparts is the multi-dimensional, luminescent, color changing, light refracting properties found in every new creation.

Lundy combines epoxy resins with various mediums to create his pieces. Many viewers mistake Lundy’s works for blown glass, sand, geodes, marble or other beautiful, naturally occurring materials that have been manipulated and shaped into form on canvas. The reflective quality in Lundy’s work comes from the fact that his pieces are anywhere from a single layer to 15 layers deep. Every Lundy piece changes with the amount of lighting shown on the painting, giving his work a chameleon-like effect as it interacts with the light in the room.

Much of Lundy’s new work takes inspiration from his fascination with crystals and the energy they are said to create. His piece “Whispers of Winter” conveys the beauty the artist finds in nature, while maintaining Lundy’s sense of surrealism and imagination. Incorporated into the sculpted tree Lundy shaped into the piece’s focal point are Swarovski crystals and pieces of amethyst. The movement and cool colors in the piece invoke a sense of the passing of the old while stepping into the new.

Lelija Roy & Ellen Woodbury, Featured Artists in Vail January 04 2014, 0 Comments

Here is a great little article that ran in the Vail Daily today:

 The Art on a Whim gallery in Vail is currently exhibiting work by two artists: Lelija Roy and Ellen Woodbury. Both artists have gained worldwide acclaim for working with traditional subjects in a wholly atypical fashion.

Roy is notorious for her self-described obsession with aspens. She loves the look and textures of the trees; the way their leaves shimmer in the wind never ceases to amaze her. Perhaps the largest source of inspiration for her work is the fact that every aspen grove is a single organism. She loves the sisterhood concept that she finds in the serenity of an aspen forest, she said.

Roy fuses layer upon layer of painted rice papers, silk, lace and other fabrics with acrylic paints, pastels, ink and more to create her dreamlike aspen groves. Each piece consists of approximately two dozen layers in all. Roy’s trees are made from individual strands of hand-painted rice paper. This provides viewers with the feeling of discovering unique trees amongst the whole of the grove. Her mountains and rocks are often made from silk and lace, giving each piece a feeling of suppleness not often found in the art world. Acrylic paints are combined with color shifting metallic and iridescent paints to capture the changing light one experiences while observing an aspen grove.

For six weeks, Roy has been painting in the Art on a Whim show space on a near daily basis. Given the mix of materials Roy combines to create her work, watching her work can easily be likened to watching a forest grow. It is a fascinating experience. The end result of her efforts has found her work collected throughout the world.

Woodbury spent the majority of her career working as a directing animator at Disney. Name a Disney movie made from the late 1980s to early 2000s, and she has worked on it. Highlights include “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King” and many more. In 2005, Woodbury left her career at Disney to pursue a stronger passion. These days she spends several hundreds of hours carving stylized animals out of precious and exotic stones.

Woodbury’s work speaks to the innocence in its viewers. The Disney connection is evident in each piece she creates.

“I apply my knowledge of and experience in animation to my process of designing and carving stone,” Woodbury said. “I think of my creative life as an ascending spiral where one medium inspires and informs another.”

“Squash and Stretch,” a lovely depiction of white tailed ptarmigans made from Sivec and Mogolian Imperial Black Marble, is named after one of the most important ingredients in Disney animation. It is defined by change in shape with no change in volume. Soft curves and crisp edges highlight “Squash and Stretch,” causing light to play over the surfaces to gently reveal the variety of forms and the crystals in the marble. Also on display in the Art on a Whim show space is a Phoenix, coyote, blue bird, a frog and two zebras. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and uniquely whimsical. Woodbury does not believe in editions for sculptures and once she creates a piece it is never to be cast or recreated again.

Both artists thoroughly enjoy explaining their techniques and inviting collectors, new and old, to browse their works. Their show is housed in a 900-plus square foot show space in the heart of Vail Village. The Art on a Whim gallery is the newest gallery in Vail. For more information visit or call 970-476-4883.

Click here to view the article on the Vail Daily website.

Art on a Whim in Vail: Our Background, Our Concept and Your Time to Party! December 26 2013, 0 Comments

The Art on a Whim Gallery has arrived in Vail with a unique concept. Art should be fun. It should make us smile. While beauty is ever present in the Art on a Whim collection, the gallery derives its distinctive presence from the belief that pushing the envelope and having fun while doing so is what makes art worthwhile. As a result, you would be hard pressed to leave their Bridge Street locations without a smile on your face.

Art on a Whim opened in Breckenridge in 2007, gaining acclaim and a strong following on the other side of Vail Pass. The gallery is a family-owned business and one of the Raitmans is always on hand to provide an intriguing tour through their collection. In addition, each weekend throughout the winter season one or more of the gallery’s artists will be on hand offering demonstrations and in-depth explanations about their techniques.

The Raitman family set upon naming their gallery Art on a Whim for a multitude of reasons. For one, the idea of opening a gallery was just a dream for the family for a number of years. In 2007 they woke up one day and decided, on a whim, that making the dream of owning a fine art gallery would be a great idea. Given the gallery’s name, and the Raitman’s propensity for showing work that makes people smile, there are several artists with permanent homes in the collection that create work which can certainly be described as whimsical. For example, DD LaRue’s “Dog in a VW Door” sculptures of dogs hanging their furry heads out of car windows are certainly off the wall, quirky and fun. Art on a Whim is also a testament to those of us who love to, on a whim, look at art. Discovering an impressive collection in the heart of Vail Village is a great way to spend the day.

The two brand new gallery spaces mean a wide array of new artists have been introduced to Vail this season. Most of Art on a Whim’s artists make their homes right here in Colorado. Upon the opening of the new gallery spaces, Lelija Roy decided to make her home in Vail for the onset of the winter season. She can be seen painting her richly textured mixed-media aspen scenes in the gallery’s show space every day. Roy combines up to twenty layers of hand-made rice papers, fabrics, acrylics, india inks and more to perfectly capture Colorado’s most stunning scenery. Artists like Chris Lundy and Cynthia Duff provide a unique flair to the gallery through their use of untypical mediums to create deep, reflective resin paintings and bent birch wood wall sculptures, respectively. Alex Gupton, Tracy Felix and Robert Bissell bring fun to the collection with phenomenally detailed pieces showing musical instruments inside of music notes, marshmallow clouds floating through the mountains and bears playing in landscapes resembling our ideals of Eden. The gallery features approximately 20 artists and ensures that each well-regarded and accomplished artist finds a niche within the gallery. This both distinguishes each artist within the gallery and the gallery as a whole, making Art on a Whim a lovely addition to the Vail Village’s world-class collection of galleries.

This Friday Art on a Whim welcomes you to join in the spirit of the holiday season and celebrate the opening of their new locations. The Raitman family and several of the gallery’s artists will be on hand to help spread joy and prepare to ring in the New Year. Artist talks will take place throughout the evening and food and drinks will be served to help commemorate the gallery’s grand opening. Art on a Whim is located at 227 Bridge Street and 286 Bridge Street. The party will take place from 4 to 8 pm and all are invited!