Creative conversations to occur at Golden Fine Arts Festival

The 29th annual event takes place Aug. 17 and 18 in downtown Golden

Posted 8/7/19

Through all the changes in the past 30 years, the Golden Fine Arts Festival still hangs on to the core of what art is. Art is “continuing creativity,” said Rocky Stiers, a jewelry designer and …

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Creative conversations to occur at Golden Fine Arts Festival

The 29th annual event takes place Aug. 17 and 18 in downtown Golden

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Through all the changes in the past 30 years, the Golden Fine Arts Festival still hangs on to the core of what art is.

Art is “continuing creativity,” said Rocky Stiers, a jewelry designer and maker from Nederland. “That’s what keeps people coming back (to the festival) each year.”

Stiers is one of the artists participating in the 29th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, an event put on by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

Stiers, who has participated in the Golden Fine Arts Festival at least 15 times, will have a collection of his jewelry again this year. He creates what he calls upcycled ceramics, which are vintage ceramics set in contemporary sterling silver settings including necklaces, earrings, rings and other jewelry settings.

Something to look forward to at this year’s festival, Stiers said, is seeing all the returning artists debuting their new and innovative artwork, as well as seeing what the new artists will bring.

Shoppers at the Golden Fine Arts Festival are knowledgeable and this sparks some fun, creative conversations, Stiers said.

These “conversations between the customer and the artist helps keep your finger on the pulse of what’s popular in art,” he said.

The Golden Fine Arts Festival is a prestigious, nationally-known event, said Lora Knowlton, Golden Fine Arts Festival’s event director. It will feature more than 100 local and national artists, all of who were selected by a panel of 18 jurors out of about 400 applicants.

Nine categories of art mediums will be showcased. They are 2D, glass, sculpture, painting, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry and photography. Each year, the Golden Fine Arts Festival awards cash prizes to the first-and-second place winners of each category, as well as Best of Show and Best of Colorado honors.

“People appreciate the quality of the artists’ work,” Knowlton said. “And there will be a lot of variety, which is really special.”

This year’s commemorative poster and t-shirt was created by Justin Clements of Fort Collins. It is a scene of Aspen leaves changing colors.

Clements has participated in the Golden Fine Arts Festival three times in the past and is the 2018 first-place winner for the painting award. This year, he will be bringing about 30 original oil paintings to the festival.

“Our state is so beautiful,” Clements said, adding that he is a Colorado native and is looking forward to visiting Golden again for the festival. “Everywhere you look, you can envision a painting.”

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