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Karol Mack Painting Demonstration & Silent Auction At Museum

The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. are excited to invite the public to a free program featuring a local Estes Park artist and author. See art being created and bid on an original painting by nationally-recognized artist Karol Mack on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum. Join Karol and her son Brian for a fascinating afternoon as they describe the process involved in creating the historic paintings for their recently published book, Estes Park, Grand Lake, and Rocky Mountain National Park: A Cultural History.

Karol, who transforms Estes Park history from stern black-and-white photographs and long-forgotten recollections into luminous oil paintings, will demonstrate her painting technique by finishing one of her works as we observe. Once the painting is completed, Karol will offer this (framed) “glimpse back in time” for sale during the silent auction with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation. Mack says she will likely paint an 8” x 10” scene of the Estes Valley before it was transformed by Lake Estes or the Estes-Evans Ranch with Longs Peak in the background. The highest offer above the assigned below-value base price of the painting wins. Mack paintings of this size and style typically sell in the $675 to $900 range. Karol Mack’s beautiful paintings can be found in homes in Estes Park and around the country. She and Brian will be available to sign their latest book which can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop. Members of the Friends receive a 10% discount. Refreshments will be served.

In words and paintings, Karol and Brian Mack have crafted what Estes Park Historian Laureate Jim Pickering calls “a beautiful and timely book. We are a culturally richer community because of what the Macks, working together, have achieved.” A combination of Karol Mack’s oil paintings based on old and new photographs, many of which are also in the book, and Brian’s timeline put Estes Park’s history in context with other historical events in Colorado.

In her introduction to the book, historian Nancy Thomas says “artist Karol Mack has taken on the task for creating a comprehensive collection of scenes important to Estes Park history. …Karol Mack has reclaimed for all of us an important part of what we thought was lost forever.”

The Friends appreciate the generous time and contributions of all our donors and volunteers.  The museum is a success because of all the people involved.  If you’re not a member of the Friends, now is the perfect time to join. For more information about joining the Friends, visit the Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth Street, call  Elaine at (970) 577- 3766, or see our beautiful new website at www.estesparkmuseumfriends.org. Be a part of Estes Park history; join the Friends today!

 

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