Pastel artist Ortega forced to cancel workshops

Denver artist Tony Ortega has canceled his upcoming visit to Grand Junction because of a family emergency.

Ortega called Connie Robbins-Brady, organizer for his visit through the Art Heritage Speakers Fund, on Sunday to let her know he couldn’t come this weekend because of a serious illness in his family.

Ortega was scheduled to speak and paint for the public Friday at The Art Center and at Kurtzman/Lintott Gallery and teach pastel workshops to adults and children on Saturday.

Details of his visit were reported in the Feb. 28 Out & About.

Ortega is an artist whom School District 51 students study in the Art Heritage Program, so his visit also was meant to give youth a chance to meet and talk to someone they’ve learned about.

Robbins-Brady said she hopes to reschedule Ortega’s visit for a future school year.


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