Evergreen Fine Arts Festival displays beautiful pieces from 100 artists

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/28/22

The artwork displayed at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival came in literally all shapes and sizes from tiny earrings and pendants to giant photographs more than eight feet high.

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Evergreen Fine Arts Festival displays beautiful pieces from 100 artists

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The artwork displayed at the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival came in literally all shapes and sizes from tiny earrings and pendants to giant photographs more than eight feet high.

The festival Aug. 27-28 at the Buchanan fields had something for everyone — and while some attendees simply perused the art from nearly 100 artists, others came away with several packages.

The 56th annual festival is sponsored by the Evergreen Artists Association, which through a juried process selects a variety of art created by artists locally, in Colorado and from around the country including New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, North Carolina, California and Texas.

Included among the 100 booths were fabrics, metalwork, glass, furniture, baskets, kitchen utensils and ceramics in addition to paintings and photographs. The festival was filled with something for every artistic taste.

EAA uses some of the festival proceeds to provide student scholarships and financial support to local art teachers and to help a local artist further his or her career, according to Julie Sims, co-director of the festival.

Sims said she was in awe of the beautiful items on display at the festival, which moved three years ago from the Hiwan Homestead grove.

Jeweler Ravelle Flores from New Mexico shared a tent with her mom, noting that she had been part of the festival five years ago. A woman who bought a pair of earrings told Flores that she was very excited to get the perfect pair.

Henry Bergeson of Conifer creates handmade kaleidoscopes of various sizes and also photographs the kaleidoscopic image to create wall hangings. He was laid off from his mechanical engineering job in 1987, moved to Colorado, and began making kaleidoscopes, which has become his full-time job.

Charles Sherman, an artist from Los Angeles, sat under an umbrella as he watched attendees check out his sculptures, many of which are large. A man stopped and asked Sherman where he could put such a sculpture, and Sherman replied that it could go near a home’s front door.

Sherman explained that he’s been a sculptor his entire life, and he has loved the “creative obstacles” he has encountered on his artistic journey.

This was Sherman’s second time in the festival, noting that he has been impressed with Evergreen because people go out of their way to help others.

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