Grand Arts Festival showcases local artists
July 9, 2009
This Saturday, the Winter Park Resort Village Association will host the 1st Annual Grand Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gazebo Plaza at the base of the resort.
Village Association Manager Nancy Bjerken said the festival is a way to focus on the Grand County artist community.
“It is a new venue to showcase our local artists,” Bjerken said.
Bjerken said she expects tourists to come out, but said she also hopes locals will come and show their support.
According to Bjerken, there will be live music all day in the Gazebo, showcasing local artists.
“There will be three different bands throughout the day, all headed by local artist Tom Camillo,” Bjerken said.
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Bjerken said the association has been planning the festival for the past four months, and if it goes well they plan to continue it next year and maybe expand to two days.
“With the economy and the festival being free, I think it will be great,” Bjerken said.
Winter Park Resort Communications Manager, Jenn deBerge said the village looks great and encourages people to come out.
“You can come and buy someone the perfect Colorado souvenir,” deBerge said, “everything is unique.”
Bjerken said during the festival they will provide “hands on” classes with interactive learning tents.
“We will have adult workshops and kids workshops, with an artist associated with each one,” Bjerken said.
The adult workshops include oil landscape demonstration, bracelet making, and watercolor painting demonstration.
The workshops for kids will have beading, drawing class, and kids crafting.
Bjerken said there will be photography, jewelry, paintings, and more.
“I think it will be a great opportunity to look at our new village,” Bjerken said, “and the talent of the local artists.”
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