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Evergreen, CO
Jeffco Open Space Heritage Grove, August 27-28

Laurel Peterson Gregory, Ode to Joy, bronze, 23 x 11 x 6.

Laurel Peterson Gregory, Ode to Joy, bronze, 23 x 11 x 6.

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The annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival—one of Colorado’s longest-running juried fine-art shows—kicks off this month in Jeffco Open Space Heritage Grove at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. The Evergreen Artists Association introduced the festival in 1966, and it has since become a favorite among the country’s art festivals. Last year the event drew as many as 10,000 visitors, and another successful turnout is expected for its 50th anniversary this year, says festival director Josh Trefethen.

The festival’s success might be due, in part, to good old-fashioned consistency. “We’re keeping to the same recipe book that’s been handed down to us from previous festival organizers,” says assistant director Beth Riser. “This show is really for the serious festival artist who plans many months in advance,” she adds, noting that the festival operates under a competitive, blind-jury selection process. Some 100 distinguished artists bring an array of artwork to the event this year, including sculpture, photography, and paintings in a variety of media. Woodwork, jewelry, and glass art are also for sale. “I’m very excited about the quality of art we have this year,” says Trefethen. “Our jury did an excellent job of choosing the best work to show.”

Douglas Wodark, Autumn in the Sawatch, oil, 30 x 40.

Douglas Wodark, Autumn in the Sawatch, oil, 30 x 40.

Artist Douglas Wodark, of Castle Rock, CO, has participated in the festival for about 10 years. “It’s a phenomenal location and a wonderful show with some very good artists. It’s pretty high on my list,” says Wodark. Those who visit his booth are likely to find Wodark at work on one of his oil paintings depicting Native Americans, cowboys, or the western landscape. “I paint at my booth all day long,” he says. “I’ll stop to answer questions and talk with people as I’m painting. They really enjoy it and like to see it happening.”

From the cool mountain air and old-growth Ponderosa pines to the live music, original artwork, and lively artists’ demonstrations, the event leaves little to desire. In the early evening, elk tend to stroll through the shady grove, says Riser, adding to the pleasant ambiance. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 27 and 28. —Kim Agricola

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This story was featured in the August 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art August 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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