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Beaver Creek Art Festival this weekend

Charlie Owen
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Beaver Creek Art Festival features the work of 170 local and national artists and takes place throughout the span of the village. The two day event will also have entertainment for kids and live music.
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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” This weekend Beaver Creek village will be a cluster of display booths and tents featuring art work of every kind ” sculpture, jewelry, hand-blown glass, paintings; even miniature ceramic diners.

There also will be culinary demonstrations, a kid’s craft area and live music from local artists such as the Harry Baxter Duo and Tony G Trio.

It sounds more like a flee market or bizarre, but the Beaver Creek Arts Festival is a prestigious, juried event that allows only 170 artists out of thousands of applicants to show their work.



“Our committee makes the selections from the people that have applied to make sure the work is original, to make sure the booths are very professional looking … and then they pick the best of the best,” said Helayne Stillings, show coordinator for Howard Allen Events, the company in charge of promoting the festival.

And every artist must man his or her own booth; no exceptions.



“You’re not talking to an artist rep. You’re not talking to his wife or his cousin. You’re actually talking to the person who created the work from scratch; from raw materials to finished product,” Stillings said.

Which means Loveland resident Teresa Hansen will be in attendance along with many of her life-like bronze sculptures. Much of Hansen’s work, such as her sculpture of a little boy fishing with his grandfather, titled “First Catch,” is based on her own childhood experiences in Wisconsin.

“A lot of my stuff comes from just growing up and living on lakes up there,” Hansen said.



Some of her other works are based on relatives or commissioned for other people and each has a distinct real-life appearance that is usually modeled after an actual person.

Hansen has been sculpting these kinds of works for almost 25 years, she said, and this is her second year in the Beaver Creek Art Festival, which gives her another opportunity to network with collectors and other artists and hopefully sell a piece or two.

“You never know how the show is going to end up being,” Hansen said. “There seems to be a lot of people and it’s a good experience.”

Returning for a fourth year in a row to the Beaver Creek Arts Festival is multi-dimensional artist Stephen Schubert. The L.A.-based Schubert is best known for his custom three-dimensional wall-art sculptures made by painting and piecing together many layers of birchwood to create familiar scenes of living spaces and furniture. This year Schubert is bringing a whole new line of work that is a far cry from his previous stuff.

“The work itself is mostly out of an idea that I get about a particular word,” Schubert said.

Based on that concept Schubert will paint an abstract image using 10 to 12 layers of bright and warm acrylic colors, usually with a single painted word such as “Love” or “Dream” being the focal point of the canvas. “Latitude” is the name of a piece that he created especially for his Beaver Creek showing and it features an aspen tree and three-dimensional view of the mountain.

“I’m basically doing abstract and realism at the same time,” Schubert said. “It’s a real big departure from what I used to do and no one’s actually doing it quite like this.”

Why the sudden departure from familiar technique that was clearly working for the artist?

“I think that many times in people’s lives they reach a place where they feel like they’re compelled to move toward something that makes them feel as if they’re going to find more of themselves in that movement,” Schubert said.

His new exhibit will feature roughly 23 of his newest works and none of his older paintings from his previous style.

That’s not making him nervous at all, though.

“I feel like it’s a really great line up for me, I’m excited about it,” Schubert said.

High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.


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