Annual fall art festival set for Sept. 20-24 |

Annual fall art festival set for Sept. 20-24

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild is gearing up for its 44th annual Fall Art Festival Sept. 20-24.The show is the largest gathering of artists and artwork in a nonjuried setting in the state. During the festival, hundreds of art pieces are displayed and available for purchase to viewers, and many artists are on hand to answer questions.The Fall Art Festival takes place at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs. Galleries are open to the public beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, and remain open until 10 p.m. Galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 22-23; and Sunday hours on Sept. 24 are from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Purchase Patrons Night is from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, as festival supporters commit to buying at least one piece of art prior to seeing the exhibit. By purchasing art, patrons help fund the annual show and provide scholarships and art materials to area schools, nursing homes, hospitals and youth programs through the guild.The ever-popular ‘Bargain Bin’ will be open during all operating hours. A sneak preview of the bin begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, when the gallery is closed for judging. Throughout the event, attendees can vote on the Popular Choice awards.Free demonstrations enhance the art experience during the Fall Art Festival. They include:• Pati Stajcar, clay sculpture technique, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 • Peggy Atkinson, watercolors, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21• Steve Hickman, oil technique, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22• Beverly O’Neil (2005 Fall Art Festival grand champion), pastels, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23The Fall Art Festival is free to the public, and viewers will be treated to many different styles and types of artwork, including displays of graphics, acrylics, oils, pottery, sculpture, water media, collage, abstract, and batik. There will also be a special display of Art Guild members’ work titled, “Lighten UP.”All proceeds from the annual festival are returned to the community in the form of scholarships, grants and arts funding for schools, libraries and organizations.

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