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On your marks, get set, go … buy some art

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. If there’s one event in Glenwood Springs Marian Smith doesn’t miss each year, it’s the Fall Art Festival.”I’m not a bit artistic, but I like art,” she said. “It’s just something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.”Smith, a 76-year-old Glenwood native, has attended every Fall Art Festival – hosted by the Glenwood Springs Art Guild – since it’s inception 45 years ago. Over the years, she’s kept every program.She especially looks forward to building her art collection with festival entries at Purchase Patron Night.”It’s fun,” she said. “People get to expecting to see the same faces, and we get to catch up.”Purchase Patron Night takes place the Tuesday of the week of the annual festival. Smith usually stops by the exhibit in the lower level of the Ramada Inn that day to preview art she likes. Then she joins other Purchase Patrons who line up before the 8 p.m. “shotgun start” to begin buying art.Annie Jolley, cochair of Purchase Patron Night, describes the moment as a “mad dash.”

“People will line up early early,” Jolley said.Smith enjoys artwork featuring nature – anything with aspen trees or aspen leaves. She also adds to her collection of southwestern pottery.”I’ve been buying more pottery because I’m running out of (wall) space,” she said. “I have more places to put that.”With an aunt who was a painter, Smith appreciates festival artwork by local artists Sally Thompson, Portia Griefenberg and Arlene Law. She enjoys the diversity of the show, too. “It’s just so much fun to see how they’ve advanced in their art,” she said. “Every year is different. You never know – it seems like it changes and goes through cycles. It has brought together a lot of great artists.”Smith said she often shares her Fall Art Festival passion with her family.”I bought one (painting) for a nephew who was going to be overseas,” she said. “And I have a granddaughter going with me this year to pick out art.”

The festival is beneficial to the city, too, Smith said.”I just think it’s a great asset to Glenwood,” she said. “It’s a great draw for Glenwood.”The 45th annual Fall Art Festival takes place from Sept. 26-30 at the Ramada Inn. The event is free to the public, and a bargain bin is available.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com

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