Art Celebrating Music

Sorrel Sky Gallery is a proud supporter of Music in the Mountains, a summer music festival held for over three decades in Durango, Colorado. Each year an artist is selected to create the festival’s artwork. It’s been exciting for us to see various Sorrel Sky artists featured in past years.

Stephanie Hartshorn worked as an architect for a decade before pursuing painting fulltime. Her work often features structural themes, celebrating the intersection of manmade and natural worlds. In the final piece created for Music in the Mountains, she focused on the festival’s main venue, a large white tent in a wildflower field, with the San Juan Mountains behind. Stephanie incorporated sheet music in her painting, creating a subtle yet vital connection between the musicality of the festival and its unique location. Watch the video below to see how this piece developed.

Painting by Stephanie Hartshorn for Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado
“Symphony in White” by Stephanie Hartshorn – painting in progress
Symphony in White by Stephanie Hartshorn. Painting of a white tent in a field of white flowers with mountains and trees
“Symphony in White” by Stephanie Hartshorn – final painting for Music in the Mountains

 


Maura Allen brings a photographer’s eye to her paintings, with 35 plus years experience behind the camera. Her work has a cinematic quality, rich in colors and patterns. She finds her imagination is sparked by contrasting lighting, stark silhouettes, and obscure details. The final piece that Maura created for Music in the Mountains inspired her to paint a series of additional works, all celebrating that joyous, exuberant mixture of summer and music. Seemingly vibrating with energy and sound, these pieces can be seen at Sorrel Sky Gallery, while they last!

Painting by Maura Allen of a man conducting an orchestra, musical notes, butterflies and musicians
“Legato” by Maura Allen – final painting for Music in the Mountains

Painting by Maura Allen of two men playing the trumpet and saxophone

Painting by Maura Allen of a black bird silhouette with butterflies