It’s a fine art

Annual festival has something for everyone

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/2/21

Art lovers were treated to works by more than 90 artists during the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival last weekend. Thousands of people perused the booths at the Buchanan ballfield, enjoying paintings, …

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It’s a fine art

Annual festival has something for everyone

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Art lovers were treated to works by more than 90 artists during the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival last weekend.

Thousands of people perused the booths at the Buchanan ballfield, enjoying paintings, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, sculptures, clothing, leatherwork and more. Each booth brought new treasures to admire, and there was something for everyone. The Evergreen Artists Association’s 55th annual festival was once again a hit.

EAA hosts the juried event, and the artists showcasing their work are both local and from out of state.

Friends Lyn Lewis and Jan Nelson, both of Evergreen, have attended the festival several times, and they enjoy seeing the diverse and beautiful artistic talent showcased at the festival.

Marilyn Quigley, an artist from Idaho Springs, painted a “reverse painting” in purples and rusts, explaining that this type of painting began in churches where artists would paint inside the church so people could see the design outside.

Quigley said she does 11 art shows a year and was happy to be in Evergreen for the Fine Arts Festival.

“People are out and supporting local art for sure,” she said.

Jenny Kerr of Phoenix, Arizona, weaved baskets using Southern longleaf pine needles, noting that she does many shows in Colorado, but she was impressed with the Evergreen festival’s huge attendance.

“Everybody is so kind and interested in art,” she said. “The festival’s reputation keeps bringing people back.”

Weaver Barbara Holloway from Galisteo, New Mexico, has been hand-weaving fabric for 50 years. She cuts and sews scarves, jackets, vests and more.

Holloway, who was part of the festival several years ago, said she liked the Buchanan Park location because it was more spread out. The event moved from Hiwan Heritage Grove in 2019.

Artist Karen Dreyer of Leawood, Kansas, began traveling to art shows after her children were grown, and she decided to get involved in the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival.

“It looked like a great place for artists,” she said. “Evergreen is a great place.”

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