Patrons keep up support for Glenwood Springs Fall Art Festival
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Lavonne Diemoz might have to designate a runner for this year’s Purchase Patron Preview Tuesday night at the Fall Art Festival, since she has an ankle boot holding her back a bit.
Regardless, she’ll be there, just as she and husband Floyd have been for the past 46 years.
The 47th annual Fall Art Festival kicks off Tuesday night with the traditional patron’s preview, where art lovers sign up to get a first look at this year’s offerings, so long as they agree to buy one piece of art from the main gallery.
“It’s a little like a Macy’s basement sale,” said Cynthia Thomas, president of the Glenwood Springs Art Guild, which sponsors the annual art show at the Ramada Inn, believed to be the largest nonjuried art show in Colorado.
“They all come and get an idea of the piece they want during the preview and cocktail reception,” Thomas said. “Some of them line up early, and then we close the gate at a quarter till 8. When we reopen it they all rush in to get the painting or whatever piece of artwork they want.
“It’s just a fun night, people are very jovial,” she said. “And, we couldn’t keep doing it without our patrons.”
The Diemozes have been patrons since the beginning.
“We’re third generation now,” Lavonne said. “The artists who exhibit are always wonderful, and all the girls come down there for patron night. It’s just a fun time, and it’s a good thing for the community.”
Proceeds from the exhibition go toward scholarships for graduating high school seniors and grants for art education videos, as well as art supplies for area libraries, schools and other community organizations such as the Advocate Safehouse and Mountain Valley Developmental Services.
The festival boasts around 100 commercial and private “Purchase Patrons” each year, who each agree to buy a piece of artwork in the main gallery before they purchase from the bargain bin.
The Art Festival opens to the general public on Wednesday, with bargain bin ($125 and less) hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The main gallery, located in the lower level of the Ramada Inn on Sixth Street, will be open from 3-10 p.m. The show continues through next Sunday.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Artist demonstrations will take place throughout the week as well, including:
• Charles Hardy (Intaglio printmaking), 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Tanis Bula (watercolor, mixed media), 7 p.m. Thursday
• Tim Wedel (clay handbuilding), 5 p.m. Friday
• Cindy Brabec-King, 2008 Grand Champion (watercolor), 1 p.m. Saturday.
“Many of the artists are from other areas of the state and from other states,” Diemoz said. “The show brings people all the way from Denver and all over the state. It’s one of the best art shows in Colorado.”
The Fall Art Show set a record of selling more than $100,000 worth of artwork a few years ago, Thomas said.
“We’re pretty close to that every year,” she said. “A sign of the times, we do have fewer patrons this year. But it’s always real well attended.”
Works include framed and unframed paintings, plus a wide variety of pottery and sculpture.
To become a patron contact the chairperson, Ruth Mollman, at (970) 876-5874.
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