DIEGO RIVERA - THE BRILLIANCE BEFORE THE BRUSH La Brillantez Previa al Pincel

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The news arrived like a thunderbolt out of the clear blue: the Depot would be hosting a Diego Rivera (1886-1957) exhibit that includes 42 of the Latin American master's finest sketches.

"He was the artist to study when I was first starting out with murals," says Routt County artist and muralist R.C.

Brilliance before the Brush opened Sept. 16, but still has more than two weeks to go, as it continues through Sunday, Oct. 16 (Tues. -- Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs. 9 a.m. ---- 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon to 4 p.m.)

The spare studies, most of which are pencil sketches, are stripped of the detail and lush color of his monumental murals, and make up an extraordinary catalogue of the master's penchant for illuminating the essence of the natural world.

"With just a few lines," says Jose Aguayo, executive director of the Museo de las Americas, "Rivera draws us into the ambiance of the Pacific coastal region of Mexico."

The exhibit's arrival came about at the prompting of R.C. Dieckhoff, with the instrumental help of sponsors such as the Juan Marcos Gutierrez Gonzalez, the consulate general of Mexico, the Northwest Colorado-Mexican Arts and Culture Festival Committee, the Museo de las Americas, and the City of Steamboat Springs.

"We're absolutely honored to have the opportunity to exhibit this extraordinary collection by one of the most important artists of the twentieth century," says SSAC director Nancy Kramer. "We look at it as one of the cornerstones in our work of advancing art education in the Yampa Valley. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Arts and Humanities Month."

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council would like to thank the following artists for their work on the Diego Rivera Street Painting and contributions to the Deigo Rivera exhibit and exhibit installation.

Robert Dieckhoff, Beth Banning, Patrick McCannon, , Nicollette Powell, Rachel Shiebler, Susan Schiesser, Beth Hartung, Chula Walker, Lauralee McHale, Patricia Brandstead, Dona Steele, Sandra Sherrod, Trudy Greig, Jody Elston, GiGi Walker, Leslie Lovejoy, Sue Fredericks, Mary Beth Gayler, David Taylor, Michele Ideus, Beth Taylor, and Amanda Adare.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

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