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Palisade Artist to Receive Grand Valley Lifetime Arts Advocacy Award 

Palisade’s own Gary Hauschulz will be awarded the Grand Valley Arts Advocacy Award at The Art Center on Saturday, May 18, from 1-4 pm.  The honor will be given to Gary for his dedication to mentoring, imagining and inspiring community through the arts.  

Palisade residents will recognize Gary as the smiling leader of PAV, which brings in and installs new sculptures on the streets of Palisade each year. He has also been at the center of all events at The Blue Pig Gallery since its inception.  

Gary has also been instrumental in mentoring young artists and directors of arts programs across the valley, including Art on the Corner in GJ, Mesa County Public Libraries, St Mary’s Hospital and HeART in Fruita. 

Gary has also been spotted lifting people’s spirits, raising money to Save the Bunny, and caring for the homeless in our community. 

Gary has been cultivating goodwill and generosity through the arts across the valley for decades, and is also an accomplished  artist himself, producing dozens of imaginative sculptures, tee shirts and printmaking projects, town maps for tourists, ceramics and even a children’s book, which he co-wrote with his wife, artist Susan Metzger. Many know  Gary for his remarkable portraits, which he famously paints at various coffee shops on napkins with wine and coffee. 

Before devoting himself fully to the arts, Gary taught art and coached swimming at GJ High School.  

This special event will be hosted by Gary’s close friend and accomplished science fiction author, Jim van Pelt. Presentations will feature stories about Gary by several community members, including Art on the Corner director, Sarah Dishong, Art Center director, Lee Borden, and one of Gary’s former students, Cullen Purser, owner of Cavalcade in Fruita, who is quoted as saying he has modeled his life after Gary’s example.  

The event will also feature live music, live art, food and beverages and an invocation by Western Slope poet laureate, Wendy Videlock.  A special sculpture by Pavia Justinian will be presented to Gary as part of the presentation. 

This special event is sponsored by The Blue Pig Gallery, The Craig Gallery, Trickster Ridge Presentations,  The Grand Valley Creative Alliance and the Art Center.  

The public is invited to attend and is asked to register by making a small donation at the following link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-valley-arts-advocacy-award-tickets-864727371847

Gary Hauschulz poses next to a sculpture