Every year, passers-by can watch as the athletic fields at Buchanan Park are transformed into the artists’ extravaganza known as Summerfest. First the white-roofed tents are raised, then the walkways between the tent pods are carefully established, and finally the artists arrive. Buchanan Park and all of Evergreen are filled with a buzz as a whole new group of artists display their fine arts and handmade crafts for all to see and purchase.
This year’s Summerfest takes place on July 16 and 17 and is an anchor event for Arts Alive!, a 16-day celebration of arts and culture in Evergreen. The artists come from across the country and from throughout our mountain community to show their handcrafted wares. Now in its 32nd year, Summerfest is a juried fine art and fine craft show featuring ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more.
Since the location change in 2008, Summerfest has doubled in size, which has allowed the Center for the Arts Evergreen to raise the caliber of artists each year. This year, boasts 120 booths with talented artists from Vermont to Hawaii, and many from right in our own mountain community “backyard.” Attendees will love strolling from pod to pod to gaze at stained-glass windows, driftwood wind chimes, nature photography and handcrafted jewelry.
“We really try to recruit artists who can offer beautiful pieces at all different price points,” says Becky Guy, CAE’s director of exhibitions and events. “People might be considering a new large piece for their home, or they might want to buy a small gift for themselves or others. The artists really offer up a great variety of artistic types and prices.”
Summerfest isn’t just about the art. The two-day event will offer live entertainment at the performance stage. Attendees can enjoy performances by the Evergreen Chorale, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale, the Mountain Kahia Dancers and a variety of other groups from the Denver area. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for sale to compliment the array of local food vendors. Also planned is a global children’s village where kids can explore international cultures, build with Legos and learn new arts and crafts techniques.
“Greg Wassil, the artist who created “Bob the Dinosaur,” the permanent sculpture at Stagecoach Park, will have a huge elephant sculpture at the Children’s Village for the kids to enjoy,” says Guy.
Parking locations include most of the Buchanan Rec Center lots, the office park lots south of the Buchanan Ponds off Castle Court, the RTD lot north of the festival, and the back parking lots at Bergen Village with a shuttle to the festival. Summerfest is $2 for adults, and children are admitted free. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.