There are a lot of places in the world that have become famous as centers for art. Most of them are big major cities that had some kind of movement at a particular time which created a happening …
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There are a lot of places in the world that have become famous as centers for art. Most of them are big major cities that had some kind of movement at a particular time which created a happening scene in a certain era. Some, like Taos, had a colony of artists calling it home that garnered some attention.
But there is one place that has become a prime destination for some terrific artists to set up shop that really hasn’t gotten as much credit as it deserves and that’s right here in Colorado. In case you didn’t know it, we have an unbelievable amount of talent right here creating some stunning and stellar works of art in all mediums.
It’s such a beautiful place to live and create from that it became a natural attraction for artists, but I think it may not be as well known as an established art scene because our artists are spread out all over the entire region rather than congregating together in one spot. But make no mistake about it, Colorado artists can stand toe to toe with any other artists in the world. And we have plenty of them who should be referred to as “world class.”
Here in Golden we have a surprisingly high standard of artists and exhibitions, especially for a place considered a small town. Our Foothills Art Center has become one of the country’s most respected galleries and brings us some truly magnificent shows. But once a year our town puts on a weekend event that attracts so many of the area’s top artists, it would take me the entire length of this column just to list them all.
I’m talking about the upcoming, 28th annual, Golden Fine Arts Festival, happening on Aug. 18 and 19. It’s presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce and has become a Golden icon running for nearly three decades and attracts the very best, award winning artists working in every medium imaginable.
The Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day takes place on 11th Street in downtown Golden along the south bank of Clear Creek. Admission is totally free and includes live performances and music as well. There will also be craft beer and food vendors as well a loads of children’s activities.
Now, as I am writing this, it occurs to me that what I am about to say may sound kind of snobbish, but I don’t mean it to be so. It’s just that this festival will be featuring, and is also limited to, 134 artists selected through a competitive jury process that selects the very best of all the applicants. This ensures that the quality of the art on display is top notch. They are also offering cash prizes to 1st and 2nd places in nine different categories so these participants will be bringing in their best work. There is a time and a place to recognize that not all art is created equal, and this is one such place.
The categories of art on display include what they call 2D which is basically art on a flat surface but not necessarily paintings, ceramics which include all kinds of pottery as well as other creations made from clay, painting on canvas and other materials, fiber art that includes textiles and wearable art as well as other creations from cloth, glass that encompasses stained glass as well as blown glass. Add to that jewelry that is all hand made from the finest materials as well as whimsical, fine art photography of any and all subjects, Sculpture of all shapes, sizes and materials and mixed media that allows an artist to mix together anything that catches their fancy.
Oh, and one more, very important thing. Starving artists only starve when they can’t sell their art. Fortunately for these folks, their art is also available for sale. Each artist will have their own booth so you can shop for something unique. Bring your credit card.
OK, one last thing. As I do research for this column, I look at hundreds of websites but the site for the Golden Fine Arts Festival is one of the best I have ever seen. Take a moment to check it out at www.goldenfineartsfestival.org. Click on “ART” then click on each category shown to see samples of what you can expect.
Trust me, once you see what they have going on, you will be pretty excited to check it out in person. It’s truly beautiful and inspiring.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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