Pamela Olson invited to Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts
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What: Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts, a 10-day art festival featuring live performances, visual art, music and more.
When: August 11-20.
Where: Blue River Plaza, Breckenridge.
Cost: Free admission, tickets for specific events can be purchased.
More information: Visit www.breckcreate.org/bifa/.
Pamela Olson has a keen eye for detail. The Edwards-based artist specializes in installations involving thousands of tiny porcelain pieces that together create a nature-inspired piece.
It is this work that makes her the perfect fit for the Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts, which has the theme of Contemplative Environments this year. Olson met the coordinator several years ago, and asked to be kept in mind for future events — and when this year’s theme ended up suiting her work perfectly, she was invited into the festival.
“I just introduced myself to the director and said, ‘I love what you’re doing here and I’d love to be a part of it if anything ever pops up,’” Olson said. “My environments are contemplative landscapes, and so she thought that it would work real well with the theme that they were going, and asked me to be a part of it.”
The pieces that she is bringing to the festival include an installation called “Seed Garden” that is made up over 1,200 individual porcelain seed pods that come together to make a nine-foot wide circular wall sculpture. Another installation — “Transformation” — involves hanging translucent porcelain leaves. The final piece will be a porcelain, which resembles a zen garden, but made entirely out of porcelain.
Olson says her inspiration comes from nature, meditation, and a variety of cultural and religious influences, including Buddhism and Native American ideology. Much of her art focuses on the life cycle and how these other ideologies interpret the cycle.
“A lot of this comes from me taking my hikes out in nature, and looking at this beautiful cycle of life and the change of seasons,” Olson said. “That calm sense of balance that there is. Every year, spring’s going to come again. The leaves are going to change color and they’re going to fall off.”
BRECKENRIDGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The upcoming festival is not Olson’s first festival — she worked as an art teacher in several universities, including University of Colorado Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been exhibiting across the state of Colorado for about 20 years, but even her experience with showing her work doesn’t make her any less excited for the upcoming show.
The festival is a 10-day program of events and exhibitions across Breckenridge. Other exhibits include films, performances, music and workshops. There are both free and ticketed events. More information and the festival schedule can be found at http://www.breckcreate.org/bifa.