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Art Guild offers beauty and creativity

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Art adds so much depth to the quality of life, and the Glenwood Springs Art Festival adds so much quality and variety to the local art scene. The Glenwood Springs Art Guild will be producing its 46th annual Fall Art Festival this September. Organized and staffed by art guild members and volunteers, this event has developed into one of the largest and most popular nonjuried art shows in Colorado. The show offers an opportunity for amateur, advanced and professional artists to exhibit, and it draws a huge crowd into Glenwood every year. Festival entries are divided into professional, amateur and advanced skill levels; with landscape, still life, abstract, portrait/figure, animal, and sculpture/pottery categories. Hundreds of entrants flock to the show, and each one may submit between two and 10 pieces. The majority of pieces will be for sale, but it is up to the individual artist whether specific pieces are to be sold. The “bargain bin” portion of the show includes unframed pieces less than $200, so everyone can afford pick up a piece of local artwork. Each year the art guild awards several scholarships to graduating seniors wishing to pursue art as either a full-time major or a part-time minor in college. Application packets are given to local school art departments and counseling offices in January. Scholarship hopefuls are required to submit a portfolio of 10 original works for jury judging and provide transcript information and letters of recommendation. Selected students’ works were on exhibit at Glenwood Springs High School during All Students Fine Art Week.The art guild also distributes funds from the Fall Art Festival to local nonprofits, libraries and deserving school art departments in the Re-1 and Re-2 school districts to be used in the purchase of art supplies, instructional/educational art books or videos.

Art guild meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1630 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. They begin with an artist demonstration followed by a general membership meeting. The majority of Glenwood Springs Art Guild members are from the Roaring Fork Valley, but there are members from all over the state. To obtain a membership form, call the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 945-6589, the Glenwood Springs Art Center at 945-2414, art guild President Cynthia Thomas at 928-0026, or e-mail gsag@rof.net. The art guild is in the process of getting its website ready to launch. The website http://www.glenwoodspringsartguild.com should be up and running by the end of July, and it will also have a downloadable membership application form.”The GSAG is made up of a fascinating group of talented and colorful members of the community. … In knowing them and their work, I have found a wonderful new source of inspiration and creative energy,” said art guild member Annie Bell. Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a news tip, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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