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Fall Art Festival showcases locals and benefits programs

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Local artists such as Ruth Mollman, Lanny Grant, Arlene Law, Nancy Martin, Portia Griefenberg, Sally Thompson, Annie Bell and Cynthia Thomas are an important part of the Glenwood Springs art community.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild has been in existence for 45 years. The Fall Art Festival was begun as a fundraiser for the guild during its first year, and has continued as a very popular event, which has become part of Glenwood Springs’ history.

An artists’ reception with purchase patrons includes hors d’oeuvres on Sept. 23, beginning with art viewing from 2-8 p.m.



Guild member and festival organizer Ruth Mollman remarked, “I love opening night with all of our purchase patrons, it’s a lot of fun and very exciting.”

As a purchase patron, your commitment is simply to purchase one piece of art from the main gallery of any price, and to enjoy the spectacular display of art. To become a purchase patron, please call Ruth at 876-5874 for further details.



Usually more than 300 artists enter the show in specific categories including landscape, still life, abstract, portrait-figure, animal, sculpture and pottery. These categories are then subdivided for each media: oil/acrylic, water media, pastel, graphics, mixed media, sculpture and hand-thrown or hand-built pottery of original design.

Each artist can enter two pieces in the main show and up to eight pieces in the “Bargain Bin,” which are priced at $125 or less.

Artists pay a $20 entry fee and 30 percent of the sales goes to the Art Guild, which provides scholarships and art supplies for local organizations and schools.

Entries are judged in amateur, advanced and professional areas for each category.

Twenty other categories of special awards are presented each year, representing hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes.

Entries for the festival are still being taken. To enter the Fall Art Festival, please call Registration Chairman Portia Griefenberg at 945-0393.

Patrons can pick up their purchases from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

This year’s Fall Art Festival will be held Sept. 24-28 in the Ramada Inn.

Preparation for the show involves many volunteers setting up boards and hanging artwork for three days. Volunteers are needed to help with the work. If you can help, please call Arlene Law at 945-6650.

After the show, it takes one day to tear it down, and then another week to catalog and store the materials for the next show.

The Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, with a demonstration at each meeting. Workshops and paint trips are planned throughout the year, and members enjoy paint days together each Thursday.

Don’t forget the 23rd annual Glenwood Springs Farmers Market continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through October. Come early for best selection of local and regional produce, breads, pasta, cheese, meats, roasted chilies and barbecue, including produce from local farmers Ken and Gail Kuhns. Maybe you’ll come home with some green tomatoes!

The farmers market is sponsored by Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1412 Grand Ave., across from the high school in Glenwood Springs.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a news tip or a local inspiration, please call 384-9118 or e-mail kay@postindependent.com.


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