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Support survival of the arts at Purchase Patron Night

by April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff

Purchase Patron Night at Glenwood’s annual Fall Art Festival keeps Judy Beattie young.”I’m always curious about what the kids are doing in the valley,” Beattie said. “That’s where the future lies.”The former Purchase Patron Night chairperson and amateur artist has been attending the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s preview event for four decades. In the last 40 years, she has seen artists go from unknown to household names in the valley – and beyond.”I have terrific art in my home from many artists, some I can’t afford anymore,” she said. “Like Sally Thompson, Arlene Law, Dan Young, Dean Bowlby, Hi Richardson.”The Art Guild’s mission is to “provide for the development of talent, stimulation of interest, possible instruction, opportunity for exhibition and exchange of all ideas in all phases of art.” Beattie supports that goal as a patron by promising to buy at least one piece of art before the event begins each year. “I buy everything,” she said. “I have sculptures, paintings, and lots of pottery, too.”Purchasing artwork at the 44th annual Fall Art Festival – Sept. 20-24 at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs – is top on Beattie’s to-do list.”It’s just what you do in Glenwood,” she said. “Supporting the arts, school-wise, community-wise, is important. Sometimes I’m afraid in this world we’re going to lose the arts. If we do, we’re going to be in terrible, terrible trouble.”Beattie said she makes Purchase Patron Night a priority because of the guild’s dedication to young, emerging artists.”The Art Guild has been wonderful about the scholarships it awards high school students,” she said. “It’s a wonderful, exciting program. It’s the largest nonjuried show in the state. It not being juried is a wonderful advantage because anyone can be in it – that gives way to new talent.”Ruth Mollman, the festival’s publicity chair, said Purchase Patron Night provides art aficionados the opportunity to view artwork before the general public.”They are the first ones though the show, both the main show and the Bargain Bin ($125 or less). Everything is available,” Mollman said. “They can start coming in at 2 p.m. We’ll serve hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., and a lot of the artists will be on hand. We’ll close the doors at 8 p.m. and all the patrons leave the gallery. A little bit later, we open the doors and it’s a fun rush. Everybody goes to get the selection they wanted.”By purchasing art at today’s event, patrons help fund the annual show and provide scholarships and art materials to area schools, nursing homes, hospitals and youth programs. Glenwood Springs Ford and Alpine Bank are regulars at the annual fundraising event, Mollman said.”It’s absolutely marvelous advertising for any business in town because your name is in every brochure, on the paintings purchased throughout the show, and in the thank yous in the newspapers,” Beattie said.Mollman suggests calling Purchase Patron co-chairs Mary Gould at 945-9860 or Annie Jolley at 945-9525 to pre-register.”That way we can prepare packets for everyone who’s coming,” she said. “We can personalize your packet.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

Who: Fall Art Festival patrons who commit to buying at least one piece of art before the annual art exhibit opens What: Purchase Patrons Night When: Preview begins at 2 p.m.; hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m.; gallery doors close at 8 p.m., then reopen for purchasing Where: Ramada Inn, Glenwood Springs Festival info: The 44th annual Fall Art Festival galleries are open from 3-10 p.m. Wednesday (Bargain Bin sneak preview at 8 a.m. Wednesday during judging). The festival is free to the public. Galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free demonstrations take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 5-7 p.m. Friday; and 1-3 p.m. Saturday


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