This weekend marks the 11th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival. Over 120 artists from around the country, including locals, will present and sell their art from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday.
The festival is produced by Mountain Art Festivals under the auspices of Mark Beling and Judith Pollock, whose Colorado art shows are consistently ranked among the top shows in the country.
The Breckenridge festival, which is held at North Main Street at Wellington, will feature ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass and sculpture, among others. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
Among those presenting are Dale Atchison, who owns a fine art gallery in Westminster dedicated to promoting local and national contemporary artists. An artist and owner, he offers clients the opportunity to acquire original and undiscovered pieces of art at affordable prices.
Nature photographer Dick Cunningham has been photographing the U.S. for the last 35 years. In 1978 he moved to Breckenridge and for 15 years ran the Cunningham Gallery before moving to Florida in 1993. Cunningham returns to Breckenridge for the Main Street Art Festival.
Beth Erlund presents mixed media pieces inspired by a two and a half year stint studying oriental art forms in Japan. Erlund's art begins as an onsite sketch in ink and watercolor or a plein air oil painting in addition to photographs to aid her research. These become the basis for a final sketch on cotton or silk, which is then made into a batik.
Gem carver and goldsmith Don McCoy handmakes every facet of his jewelry creations, which are artistic interpretations of the beauty of natural forms. He uses diamond tools to alloy 24 karat gold into 14, 18 or 22 karat gold and rolls out his own sheets and wire to use in his hand-fabricated work.
John Koch harvests wood from the Rocky Mountains for his pieces, which include a home decor series of vases, bowls, cairns, wall hangings, jewelry boxes and puzzles in addition to an "Out of the Fire" series made from wood harvested from the remnants of forest fires.
Fiber and mixed media artist Kara Young is internationally recognized for her "ancient but also contemporary" work. She began her career with sculptural weavings before moving on to designing art clothing and papermaking for the past 14 years.
Visit the Main Street Art Festival in Breckenridge this weekend to see the work of these artists and many more. For info on the festival series, visit www.mountainartfestivals.com or call (970) 547-9326.