3 Days with Wildlife Painter Edward Aldrich

By Margaret Hedderman

When we heard Edward Aldrich would be hosting a workshop for oil painters as part of our Winter Workshop Series, we couldn't have been more excited. Ned's wildlife paintings capture that fleeting moment of seeing a wolf or a fox or a bear in the wild. For three days this past weekend, Ned taught 8 students the ins and outs of depicting wildlife in the upstairs of our gallery.

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The Durango Herald quoted Rhonda Polsfut, "A lot of us have been to lots of workshops, and we’re all feeling like we’re getting a lot more out of these three days than all the rest combined."

The students are already asking for another workshop with Ned.

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In addition to personally working with each student, Ned took his class to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Museum to study and paint from the taxidermied animals on display.

"Their paintings were fantastic," Jill Soens said. "They just had so much fun."

With 8 students, both rooms upstairs were completely full with brushes, easels, canvases and paint! Laughter seemed to spill downstairs in waves.  It's always wonderful having artists in the gallery - it's a fun energy! We're looking forward to having Peter Campbell teach portrait painting next week.

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