Fundraiser benefits founder of Ventero Open Press

(02-08-2011)

Giving back to the next generation of artists led Randy Pijoan to create Ventero Open Press in the oldest town in Colorado, San Luis. Ventero Open Press, a non-profit emphasizing fine art, encourages young artists through scholarships, education, art supplies, and exhibition opportunities.

In April, Ventero Open Press will celebrate its fourth anniversary. Jeremy Elliott, administrator for Ventero Open Press, said: "Over the years, I have seen several young artists improve and encouraged to continue their education at Adams State." On occasion, students receive advice for preparing for job interviews. "Randy has a successful career and wants to give back to the next generation of artists."

Now, Adams State College Art Department ASC Community Partnerships, and Ventero Open Press, are returning the favor. In an effort to assist Pijoan with emergency medical bills, the three institutions organized a fund-raiser. The event, an art auction, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa.

Artists from all over the region have donated paintings, drawings, ceramics, photographs, weavings and fine crafts, for the benefit auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help offset Pijoan's medical bills. In addition, for every beer purchased, the SLV Brewing Company will graciously donate one dollar towards the fundraising effort. Join the fun and music. For more information call 719-587-8209.