Rocky Mountain Estates Firehouse Art Show and Fundraiser

Courtesy photo Charles Ewing is a well-known western artist, known for his figurative paintings of people, wildlife and nature using oils, clay board and bronze sculpture. Also pictured is Lee Ann Nielsen.

CONEJOS COUNTY — The 11th Rocky Mountain Estates Community Firehouse Art Show and Fundraiser will take place July 13 and 14.

People can enjoy live music and refreshments while browsing the work of world-class artists in a beautiful mountain setting. The show begins on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located 24 miles from Antonito on State Highway 17 to Horca at FDR 250, where event signs will be posted, then 7 miles north. The firehouse is adjacent to Rocky Mtn Lodge, 7700 FDR 250 Antonito.

Featuring the work of renowned artist from Rocky Mountain Estates and the surrounding area, the show will include paintings and sculptures by Charles Ewing, Jim Gilmore, Gwen McBride, and Dave Spensley, as well as the work of gourd artist Andi Wardlaw, silversmith Gene Christensen, and woodworker David French.

New this year will be a drawing for prizes, including some big-ticket items, such as two United Airlines super-saver tickets for anywhere in the USA, horseback trail ride for two, fly fishing lessons, iron elk wall hanging, redwood outdoor bench, a fire pit, and a Texas weekend guest cabin rental. Tickets for the prize drawings may be purchased at the door.

Proceeds from the show benefit the local volunteer fire department and firehouse. Since it can take up to an hour for one of the local fire departments to reach this remote mountain community, it is a goal to provide safety for residents and visitors to the area until professional help can arrive. The volunteer fire department and firehouse are supported almost entirely through contributions from the community and fundraisers like this.