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Artists infiltrate Beaver Creek

Aggie Zaremba

Every year, thanks to Howard Alan Events, gifted folks of America have a chance to get together and hit the road to show the results of their skills and imagination.

On Saturday, award-winning artists from all over the country will stop in Beaver Creek to celebrate its annual arts festival.

“This kind of event is a great fit with the character of the place that is full of galleries and elegant shops. I think that’s why they chose Beaver Creek as one of exhibit settings,” said Christina Schleicher, communications coordinator for Beaver Creek Resorts.

The idea of a national art tour saw the daylight 15 years ago.

“Over past years, it has grown into the art event of considerable size and importance,” said Jeannette Rodriguez, communications director of Howard Alan Events. “But it all started simply as a way to bring arts to Beaver Creek.”

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Not ordinary arts though.

According to Rodriguez it’s one of those high-standards fests.

“Everyone who’s displaying artwork at the festival is an actual artist. All exhibits are hand-made by the artists from scratch,” she said.

This two-day event offers a little bit of everything. Visitors will also have a chance to see watercolor paintings, oils, pastels, glass and woodworking, pottery, jewellery, photography, mosaics, life-sized sculptures and even leather furniture.

“I would of course recommend seeing all of the exhibits, but you definitely should visit three of them. One is comprised of stone tables. The other two are hand-carved eggs and Asian-influenced mixed-media paintings by the artist named Long Looi Lee,” said Jeannette Rodriguez.

The festival also provides a rare opportunity to meet and discuss the artwork with the creators themselves. Ultimately, it’s a chance to mingle with artists, listen to music and snack. The festival’s headlining act is Jeffrey Michael, a Michigan-based composer, pianist and recording artist, who travels the country entertaining large crowds with innovative jazz tunes.

The Beaver Creek Arts Festival kicks off Saturday and continues through Sunday, from10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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