Keystone River Run Village Art Festival draws national artists
KEYSTONE — While the mountains are a masterpiece all on their own, summer is the time when the High Country brings in even more art to enjoy. The inaugural Keystone River Run Village Art Festival is making its debut this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.
“This is our first time in Keystone for an event,” said Helayne Stillings, festival coordinator. “We have been doing shows for over 15 years in Aspen and Beaver Creek, Colorado, so we are really excited to add a new venue.”
The festival will highlight the original artwork of 100 local and national artists and will feature a wide variety of media, including paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, mixed media and more.
The prices of art will accommodate small and large budgets, with pieces that will range from $25 to $30,000.
If you do make a purchase, you’ll get to do it directly from the artist.
“We require the creator of the art to be in the booth, so you actually get to talk to the person who created it,” Stillings said. “It’s really good because if you want to ask where it came from, or ‘what inspired you?’ or ‘can you make me something in a different color?’ — the creator must be present in the booth for all hours of the show.”
The festival’s artists have been hand-selected by an independent panel of judges.
“We select the finest artists in the country from hundreds of applicants,” said festival promoter Howard Alan. “The jury process ensures that our events offer quality original artwork and diverse media for a well-rounded show and a unique experience.”
Kate Hogan and Jerome Ellis are a mixed-media sculpture team who will be at the Keystone art weekend this year. Using a combination of fused glass, metal and found and vintage items, their work — called Purr-Deux — has evolved into a very distinct and memorable style.
“We create our pieces with the intention to make people smile,” Hogan said. “The work is conversation art. People see the whole piece first, then start noticing the fused glass and vintage item details. We use nostalgic vintage pieces, which bring back good memories for a lot of people.”
Creating art together
Also at the festival will be Wendy Schaefer and Kevin Miles, who have been co-creating oil paintings as a married couple for 29 years — known in galleries as Schaefer/Miles Fine Art.
Miles said he and his wife travel together all over the world to find inspiration for their work, but they stay in Colorado for two to three months every summer.
“We will probably do a demo painting at the show,” Miles said. “The Snake River looking toward Buffalo Mountain in the evening, with the sun going down in the west right behind the mountain, and the wildflowers along the side of the river — we’re going to paint that.”
The festival’s Florida-based production company, Howard Alan Events, hosts an annual Colorado summer tour that includes the Downtown Aspen Art Festival in late July; the Beaver Creek Art Festival, this year on Aug. 6 and 7; the Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival in Frisco, Aug. 13 and 14; and the Yampa River Fine Art Stroll, Aug. 20 and 21.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.artfestival.com, or check out weekend lodging packages at keystonefestivals.com/lodging.
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