Home-grown Art

 

■ Downtown Denver Arts Festival to feature Colorado artists, May 22-25

 

BY J. PATRICK O’LEARY

The 11th annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival, showcasing the work of more than 130 Colorado artists and fine craftsmen, will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, at Denver Pavilions, 16th & Glenarm.
    The four-day show and sale will feature representational and non-representational artwork in painting, sculpture, drawing, pastel, printmaking, mixed media, jewelry, glass, ceramics, computer, wood, photography and fiber.
    Started in 1998 as the Celebrate Colorado Artists Festival, the event promotes artists who call Colorado their home. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend this year, and last year the crowd spent more than $500,000 on artwork.
    Artists of note this year will include:


    • Ostrich egg-carver Tamera Seevers (“Best of Show” at the 2007 DDAF), who creates intricate scenes, such as hummingbirds sipping nectar, snow crystals and flowers, on the thick shells of ostrich eggs.
    • Egg tempera artist Brian Keller, working in one of the oldest mediums: egg yolk, water and powder pigment.
    • Sculptor Casey Horn, who transforms Japanese calligraphy into contemporary metal sculpture in his “Kanji” series.
    • Painter Shelly Hearne (a Decor magazine 2009 “Artist to Watch”), whose work has appeared in Art of the Hills, SouthWest Art and Frontier Airlines magazines.

PHOTO BY JEFF HERSCH
THE DOWNTOWN DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL CAN BE FUNNY, as demonstrated by Rick & Linda Bachman’s wooden mechanical figures created at ‘The Laffing Stock’ on display last year. The free 2009 event will be held at the Denver Pavilions on the 16th St. Mall May 22-25. Call 303-330-8237 or visit downtowndenverartsfestival.com.

 

    • Fiber artist Denise Labadie, who translates Irish landscapes into photorealistic scenes on quilts.
    • J.D. Hillberry, author of Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil and creator of eye-fooling realistic images.
    • Batik artist Beth Erlund, whose work in the wax-resist fabric dyeing technique has won awards. She has also authored two children’s books.
    Festival hours will be 4-8 pm Friday, 11 am-8 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday, and 11 am-4 pm Monday. Admission is free. Glenarm will be closed between 15th & 17th Sts. starting 6 am Friday. Parking will be available in the Pavilions garage, on the street, and at nearby pay lots. Beverages will be sold at a booth benefitting the non-profit Think360. Food will be available at eateries surrounding the site.
    The event’s sponsors for 2009 include The Denver Pavilions and Think360.
    For a complete list of participating artists, volunteer information and other details, call 303-330-8237 or visit downtown
denverartsfestival.com
. (An artist application for the 2010 festival can be downloaded from the site, too.)