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They’ll be the judge of that

by April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff
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Fall Art Festival judge Peggy Atkinson really has an eye for color.”I really pour the color on,” she said. “In my watercolors, I’m known for doing city scenes at night because I like color so much. The neon lights and the street lights … I’m infamous for going to downtown Denver when it’s pouring down rain, with all the lights reflecting.”The Denver-based watercolorist – who judged alongside artists Pati Stajcar and Steve Hickman – was happy to share her talents this week at the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s 44th Annual Fall Art Festival. She judged hundreds of pieces of art, displayed five of her own paintings, and presented a free demonstration Thursday at the show.”In this group of three, I’m the colorist,” Atkinson said. “I look for color. I like surprising color.”

A first-time Fall Art Festival judge, Atkinson utilized her skills in art installation and design learned from working at the Denver Art Museum.”I got to look at a lot of art,” she said. “That really expanded my knowledge of different art forms. And I learned a lot about the optimum way to display art.”Atkinson took note of the Fall Art Festival’s organization, especially in how it helps local artists promote their work.”I think we were all impressed by how well the show is put together, and the variety,” she said. “And I was impressed with the way the show is set up to sell art. There’s a difference between art just sitting around at a show and setting up the show to generate sales.”

In that sense, the Fall Art Festival makes a positive impact on the Glenwood art scene, Atkinson said.”I think it provides a good incentive for local artists to participate,” she said. “That helps generate the artistic spirit in the community – especially if you can sell it. I’m one of those people who thinks the more I sell, the more I paint.”At the this year’s Purchase Patron Night, around 125 people attended the gala event to support the arts. As part of the Purchase Patron program, businesses and individuals commit to buying at least one piece of art in the show. Many buy several pieces, from sculpture to paintings. “The proceeds go to school and youth projects throughout the valley and also provide scholarships to kids going on to study art in college,” said Mary Gould, Purchase Patron co-chair. “The Art Guild reinvests in the community.”



Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

• What: 44th annual Fall Art Festival• When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free demonstrations 5-7 p.m. today and 1-3 p.m. Saturday• Where: Ramada Inn, Glenwood Springs• How much: Free to the public• Winners: For a list of Fall Art Festival winners, see next week’s Options section


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