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Fall Art Festival returning for 40th season

Donna Daniels
Staff Writer

Art aficionados will get their fix soon with the 40th annual Fall Art Festival. It runs from Sept. 25 to 29 and is sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Art Guild.

This year’s festival promises to be packed with art, art demonstrations, awards and festivities.

The galleries in the lower level of the Ramada Inn display the full range of art styles from oil painting to sculpture to ceramics. Last year’s festival drew more than 400 artists and 1,200 works of art.

Opening the festival is the traditional purchase patrons evening Tuesday, Sept. 24. It’s an opportunity for art mavens to purchase art before it goes on display. Purchase patrons make a commitment to buy at least one piece with a value of $50 or more.

Another popular tradition at the festival is the Bargain Bin, which this year will be located in the Aspen Room on the lower level of the Ramada Inn. All art in the bins will be priced at $100 or less. All of the art exhibited at the festival will be for sale.

The awards banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Ramada Inn. This year’s emcee is Garfield County Commissioner John Martin.

The Fall Art Festival is the art guild’s major fund-raising event to support scholarships and art supplies and activities. Each year it awards the $2,000 Nancy Piper Memorial Scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is planning to major in art in college. This year the scholarship went to Sara Fowler of Glenwood Springs High School.

The Jan Worden Memorial grants of $750 and $500 were awarded to Amanda Kurz of Roaring Fork High School ($750) and Jeffrey C. Sharpe of Glenwood Springs High School ($500).

Proceeds from the festival also fund art books for area libraries and activities at local nursing homes and Youth Recovery Centers. Each year guild members purchase a piece that is displayed at Valley View Hospital and the Glenwood Springs library.

Judges of the professional, advanced and amateur classes are an integral part of the festival. This year’s judges include Jeanne Mackenzie, an oil painter who teaches color theory and composition at the Denver Art Museum and who has shown her work throughout the United States.

Jackie McFarland paints watercolors, is a teacher and has been a gallery director. She currently designs seed packets for Botanical Interests of Boulder and has taught at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Damian Radice is a sculptor, potter and painter. He has produced and taught ceramics for nearly 30 years. He is a longtime resident of Grand Junction and has one of his bronze sculptures as a permanent installation on the Colorado River Front Trail.

One of this year’s demonstrators was the professional grand champion of the 2001 festival. Dan Young of Silt is a plein air painter who grew up in Colorado and has developed a skilled eye for, and artistic mastery of, landscapes of the Western Slope. He will offer demonstrations in oil at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Other demonstrations include stoneware pottery by Damian Radice at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26; oil by Jeanne Mackenzie at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and watermedia by Jackie McFarland at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. All demonstrations are in the Sopris Room in the Ramada Inn.

The galleries will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. They will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for judging on Wednesday and will be open to the public from 3 to 10 p.m. The galleries will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.


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