Fall Art Festival shows its colors | PostIndependent.com

Fall Art Festival shows its colors

Greg Massé

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – If you think the trees are colorful this weekend, try the basement of the Ramada Inn. That’s where you’ll find every color of the rainbow splattered across hundreds of canvases, as well as some intricate sculptures and pottery, at the 42nd Annual Fall Art Festival. Festival coordinator Arlene Law has been involved with the festival since its inception in 1963. “There are something like 900 paintings, pieces of pottery and sculptures,” she said. Along with those, there are another 1,200 in what’s known as the bargain bin. “All the pieces are $125 and lower,” she said. Law, a longtime painter, had 10 of her paintings in the festival. Lakewood artist Jay O’Shea said he comes up every year to participate in the event. “I was fortunate enough to sell one of my pieces to the tram people,” he said. O’Shea, who sports a distinctive curly mustache, said his piece was part of a special contest where artists painted the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park tram. “They bought several of them,” he said.O’Shea placed four of his paintings in competition and eight others in the bargain bin. Both O’Shea and Law said they’d heard great reviews of the art show from visitors. One man, who was visiting from Georgia, said Glenwood’s festival was the best he’s ever seen, Law said. “It seems like they come from all over,” she said.Tom Berger, an art teacher who also hails from Lakewood, said, like Law, he’s also attended each of the 42 Fall Art Festivals.He briefly described his roots as an artist. “My first mural was on the front room wall and my mother did not appreciate my work,” he said with a smirk. Since then, Berger has taught the art of watercolor painting to hundreds of students for more than 40 years. He was at the festival with his wife, Stevie. “Before I retired, she delivered, hung and everything,” he said. “We’re together like heads and tails on a coin.”The festival started on Wednesday and will end today at 1:30 p.m.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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