Center for the Arts Evergreen's Summerfest full of Labor Day weekend fun

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/13/21

Artist Mark Mahorney of Kremmling was hard at work at his booth at Summerfest on Sept. 5. The wood carver was creating a portrait of a Native American on beetle-kill pine he had charred. He used a …

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Center for the Arts Evergreen's Summerfest full of Labor Day weekend fun

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Artist Mark Mahorney of Kremmling was hard at work at his booth at Summerfest on Sept. 5.

The wood carver was creating a portrait of a Native American on beetle-kill pine he had charred. He used a tiny belt sander to remove the char, using a photo from the 1800s as a guide.

This was Mahorney's first time at Summerfest, the two-day art and music festival sponsored by Center for the Arts Evergreen. Several people stopped by his booth to admire his work and to ask about his creations.

The 41st annual event brought 70 artists and crafters to Buchanan Fields to show their work. The artwork was as diverse as the artists themselves — from photography and paintings to jewelry and clothing to candles and functional art.

Band Kamp was rocking Sunday afternoon as a backdrop to the children's area, sponsor booths, and food and drink providers, in addition to the artists' booths.

Debbie Valdez of Frederick makes wire-wrapped jewelry as part of Howlin' Coyote Jewelry Design. Her work incorporates a Southwest style and a variety of stones for one-of-a-kind functional art.

While she displays her work at several mountain shows, this was her first time at Summerfest, and she noted that people were happy and friendly as they went from booth to booth.

New Mexico fused-glass artist Carol Goode also creates functional art, but hers are for home use. She was especially proud of her fused-glass lazy Susans. She was happy that people were spending time together again, and she hoped her functional art might help inspire people who are entertaining family and friends.

Goode has been a fused-glass artist for 20 years, and she attends three fairs each summer, though this was her first time at Summerfest.

Center for the Arts Evergreen's Executive Director Lisa Nierenberg said Summerfest wouldn't happen without the many volunteers, noting that nearly 4,500 people attended the two-day event.

“We are so grateful to the community for supporting CAE, artists and local musicians,” she said.

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