Good time to appreciate some art and smile

Column by John Akal
Posted 8/19/21

I’ve been hanging out in and around downtown Golden a lot lately and I’ve noticed that something big is making a comeback. Smiles! You just see a lot of happy people roaming around smiling and …

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Good time to appreciate some art and smile

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I’ve been hanging out in and around downtown Golden a lot lately and I’ve noticed that something big is making a comeback. Smiles!

You just see a lot of happy people roaming around smiling and laughing again. As you drive across the bridge over Clear Creek on Washington Avenue it’s like a burst of color and just checking out all the people having fun makes you smile too.

So, this week I’m happy to report that another thing is going to be making a comeback this coming weekend and that’s the Golden Fine Arts Festival. As with most other things it had to be canceled last year, but once again the south bank of Clear Creek will come to life with the works of wonderful artists from all over the country.

This year the festival is going to be happening on Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It takes place on 11th Street between Arapahoe and Maple Streets, right in the heart of downtown Golden. The street will be lined with about 100 booths featuring every kind of art imaginable. These artists are selected by a very competitive jury process by art professionals. That means that what you will be seeing is the best of the best. They will have their works on show and available for sale, so if you have been looking for something special to fill that conspicuous open space in your home, this is the place to shop.

It’s also a competition with cash awards for the winners in nine categories as well as Best of Show and Best of Colorado. Those categories include Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fiber Art, Glass, Jewelry, Photography, Mixed Media and a unique category called 2D. So, you should be able to find something interesting on display, it covers almost everything imaginable.

There will also be live music throughout the day and a collection of food vendors so you won’t go hungry or thirsty.

This event is presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce every year and it has my favorite label on it: Free to attend! I love free stuff.

For more information and to check out some of the artists in the show, go to www.goldenfineartsfestival.org.

The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra is also making a comeback … Sort of.

Usually the JSO plans an outdoor Summer concert in Parfet Park on the Sunday of the Fine Arts Festival as sort of a big conclusion to the whole weekend. But, this year they aren’t quite able to do that yet so they have come up with a really nice “Plan B”.

They will have some smaller chamber groups comprised of orchestra members performing on the Golden Visitors Center patio, 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. That’s located at 1010 Washington Avenue. Basically it’s on the corner of 10th and Washington, you can’t miss the place. It’s right across Clear Creek from where the Arts Festival will be.

It’s a really nice, peaceful spot to go hear some wonderful classical music by some of our area’s most talented musicians. They will be joined by Maestro William Morse, the conductor of the JSO.

This event is also free to attend, so it falls within everyone’s budget. Plus you can just walk over there after you go to the Fine Arts Festival. You won’t have to move your car.

So, plan on an artistic weekend. This is one of the nicest and best organized events of it’s kind with a terrific concert capping Saturday evening. You won’t be disappointed.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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