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September 2, 2011 in Being an Artist, Elements, Metalsmithing, Veracity | Tags: Castle Rock Artfest, Castle Rock Colorado, Colorado, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Elements, Julie Jerman-Melka, Kathleen Krucoff, Lexi Erickson, Mary Sharp-Davis, Mountainesque, Shamans, Veracity | 2 comments
Can you believe it’s September? Next weekend is the Castle Rock Art Festival in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado. This will be my first big fine art festival. Lexi generously offered to share her booth with me if we both got juried into the show. Well, Lexi has done the show for the past two years and I had no doubt she would be juried back into the show this year. She was. Lexi’s first year in the show she won Best Fine Crafts. I was less than confident about being accepted into the Artfest, but I submitted photos of my latest works, the Mouontainesque Series, and ponied up…holding my breath…. To my delight and surprise, I received the acceptance notice back in May. There was that feeling of euphoria knowing that my work made it into this show and to be able to do this show with Lexi will be a real joy.
There are lots of wonderful artists doing this show. To see the complete list, check the Artfest site here. Lexi & I will be in booth number 152. I will finally meet one of Lexi’s dear friends, Mary Sharp-Davis, whose booth will be next to ours. I have seen Mary’s work and it is just stunning. Her work encompasses ceramics and jewelry. I can’t wait.
Then there’s our friend Julie Jerman-Melka, another gifted and talented metalsmith, with her beautiful river stone and raw diamond pieces. You can find Julie at booth #98.
Lexi will have more of her delightful Shamans inspired by her work as an archeologist. I gotta tell you, these guys truly define art jewelry in my mind.
I have two more new series that I will be debuting at this show. Veracity and another that I have called Elements. The show runs from 9 AM – 6 PM on Saturday the 10th, and on Sunday the 11th, the hours are from 9 AM – 5 PM.
One of the many things I enjoy about this show, having been an attendee in previous years, is how well-organized it is. There’s plenty of parking at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and the city runs complimentary bus shuttles to the event location on a fairly regular basis. Admission is only $5. There’s something for everyone.
One of the biggest ‘hazards‘ that I find at a show of this caliber is I’m going to be so tempted to buy from a number of the talented artists that will be there. 🙂
Let’s hope that our Colorado weather will be wonderful rather than filled with surprises. If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.