Summer is here, and Summerfest is upon us. This annual arts festival sponsored by the Center for the Arts Evergreen has become a fixture in many Coloradans’ summer schedules. 2010 should be no different. However, this year’s festival, on July 17 and 18, has many new and different features that set it apart.
Summerfest, along with several other planned events (visit www.artsaliveevergreen.org for a full calendar), kicks off Arts Alive! Week in Evergreen. Visitors can view and purchase ceramics, digital art, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood and more. In total, more than 100 Evergreen artists will be on site showing their work.
“We have a really good balance of all different kinds of art this year,” says Becky Guy, director of events and exhibits at the Center for the Arts. “People can find a nice mix of fine art and fine craft priced from $20 to $1,000. We think it’s going to be the best Summerfest yet.”
Not only will visitors view art created by artists from throughout the United States, but Summerfest 2010 will feature a new area called Evergreen’s Finest. These booths will feature the work of local artists who are members of the Center for the Arts Evergreen, as well as the work of five additional Evergreen artists.
“All of our artists, whether local or national, were juried into the show by our curatorial committee. It’s a diverse and highly skilled mix of work,” says Guy.
In addition to the visual arts, visitors will be treated to a variety of performing arts as well. Audiences can enjoy wine and beer at Summerfest while listening to sounds of local performance groups such as the Evergreen Chorale, the Evergreen Children’s Chorale and the Mountain Kahia Dancers. Other local bands include The Rocket 88s and 5280 A Cappella. Summerfest has extended hours on Saturday night to allow visitors to enjoy a highlight performance by Boo Daddy, an Evergreen cover band known throughout the West.
Children can also find fun and educational experiences at the newly created Global Village.
“We’ve teamed up with six international nonprofits to create interactive experiences for the kids. These are groups such as Peruvian Hearts, Africaid and the Haiti Project,” says Guy.
One group is constructing a traditional home where they will have a donkey and chickens. Another group has a series of indigenous crafts for children to enjoy. Summerfest partnered with Evergreen Montessori to create a passport for Summerfest’s young visitors. Children will have their passports stamped at each cultural station, and will receive a prize if they fill the entire passport.
Summerfest visitors can also take part in guided bus tours highlighting the new sculptures installed in June by Art for the Mountain Community. The tours will be led by the sculptors and will depart from Buchanan Rec Center at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Visit www.evergreenart.org and click on “Summerfest” for more information. The website provides parking maps and other information.
Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.
Presented by the Center for the Arts Evergreen
July 17 and 18; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the athletic fields at Buchanan Park.
Admission to the festival is $2 for adults; children are admitted free.
For more information on festival events, artists and parking, visit www.evergreenarts.org.