Redstone’s Labor Day Weekend Art Show Raises Funds for College Students

“I’ve been interested in the arts for as long as I can remember,” says Anika Chapman, an art-school bound Roaring Fork High School grad. “It is very important for me to represent a facet of myself in each piece of art I create…I am excited to pursue my passion toward a fulfilling and lengthy career where I can have a positive impact on the world.”

Chapman, who will begin studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia this fall, is one of three recipients of the Redstone Art Foundation’s annual Jack Roberts Scholarship. The 2019 winners were announced in May, and also include Carbondale art students Kendall Bernot and Jho-Ann Cerdenola. Bernot will be attending Colorado State University, and Cerdenola will continue her education locally at Colorado Mountain College. All three young artists were selected by the Redstone Art Foundation board for their outstanding talent and commitment to pursuing artistic study after high school.

According to Jimmie Benedict, Foundation president, the scholarship was named in honor of railroad worker turned cowboy-artist Jack Roberts, who came to the area in the 1940s and eventually established his art studio in Redstone. Roberts’ son made a donation to have the scholarship established in 2003, three years after his father passed away; since then, the Foundation has been able to continue supporting students by hosting its annual Labor Day Weekend Art Show and raising additional scholarship funds.

In turn, the show also supports and showcases local and regional artists. This year, 28 artists will be featured, offering everything from photography and pottery to sculpture and oil paintings.

“These artists are from the Crystal River Valley, Roaring Fork Valley, and around Colorado,” says board member and jewelry artist Andrea Garr. “The show offers fine art in a beautiful setting. Redstone is already a destination, and this show attracts a big audience because there aren’t many opportunities where you can find a collection of truly local art like this.”

For full event details and more information about the 2019 scholarship winners, visit RedstoneArtFoundation.org.