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Fall Fest continues in Frisco with Meet the Artists, music showcase

Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com
Mark Schlaefer and Bevan Frost perform together at the 2013 Meet the Artists Local Musician Showcase. This year's showcase takes place on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Meet the Artists schedule

Saturday, Sept. 6

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Meet the Artists art show and sale

Sunday, Sept. 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Meet the Artists art show and sale

Rootsy Americana Music Showcase

10-11:30 a.m. — Amy Mathesius and Jesse Porter (folk)

Noon to 1:15 p.m. — Mark Schlaefer (blues)

1:45-3 p.m. — Mike Huberman and Angie Janzen (old time/bluegrass)

3:30-5 p.m. — John Truscelli and Beau Thomas (alt country jam)

For more information, visit www.friscofallfest.com.

Frisco Fall Fest continues at the Frisco Historic Park and on Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, with the Meet the Artists art show and sale and Sunday’s Rootsy Americana Music Showcase.

Find jewelry, fused glass, wildflower art, metal work, pottery, paintings, textiles and other mediums at the fair, which includes a booth from the Arts Alive Summit County artists’ gallery with work from 10 local artists, as well as other regional artists, such as Barb Gregoire, of Steamboat Springs.

CLAY WITH WHIMSY

Drawing inspiration from nature and the high-mountain views around Steamboat, Gregoire creates carved clay pieces that are full of attitude, starting with straight cylinders and then creating “hand on the hip” curves to give each one character.

“I’m kind of playing around with some subtle base colors of clays that have a lot of movement in them, and my drawings are really doodles, all free form,” she said. “Right now, I’ve been doing a lot of large bowls and a lot of large boxes.”

The finished creations range from tiny $20 vases to the larger pieces that sell for upwards of $200. Gregoire said she tries to have a lot of price points so there’s something for everyone, and all of her work is one of a kind.

“We live in such a beautiful area, and my studio looks out over my backyard that has the trees and the flowers; it’s just so beautiful here,” Gregoire said. “When I sit and start carving on them, I don’t plan what I’m going to do first, but a lot of the carvings come from patterns and rocks, as I’m hiking around, or I look at the sandstone formations or magnesium running down on a cliff and that’s what I try to recreate in the glazes in the pottery on my pieces.”

This is the clay artist’s second-ever art festival, the first having been the Meet the Artists fair in Breckenridge earlier this summer. She said her patterns and glazes intrigued people at that show, and she’s looking forward to talking about her art in Frisco.

“I invite people to come and hold my pieces,” she said. “I say ‘please touch,’ and people giggle abut that. Usually they say don’t touch, but I want people to pick up the pieces and feel them, whether it be a mug or a large bowl, a wall hanging. I want people to get that texture, that feeling, that’s what kind of moves me.”

AMERICANA SHOWCASE

Mike Huberman, of Frisco, is one of seven local musicians who will be performing in the Rootsy Americana Music Showcase on Sunday, Sept. 7. He said his particular performance would be a unique twist on old-timey and bluegrass music, but the collective would each be exploring different spaces within the genre of Americana.

“We’ll have a folk singer, a blues guy, Angie and I do the old-timey bluegrass, and the last guys are alt-country/singer-songwriter, more modern thing,” Huberman said. “Everyone has their own flavor that they’re going to bring, so it’ll be a nice, eclectic mix of music within the Americana genre, all locals.”

Musician pairings include folk music from Amy Mathesius and Jesse Porter, Mark Schlaefer bringing blues and John Truscelli and Beau Thomas with an alt-country jam. Huberman will be performing with Angie Janzen, another Summit musician who used to travel across the West with him when they were in a band called Rojos Calientes.

“Then that band kind of dissolved, so we have been together in bands, and played separately with other bands, and our paths have kind of crossed, but we’ve never really done anything together,” Huberman said. “I’ll be playing guitar, and she’ll be playing fiddle and some banjo, as well. So we’ve been playing together for years, but as far as us being front and center and stars of the show, this will be new, so it’ll be fun.”

Playing live is all about connecting with your fellow musicians and the audience and just getting up there and playing instruments and making noise with your friends, anytime, anywhere, Huberman said.

“What’s pretty interesting about the performers is we’ve all played music with each other in some way — Angie has played with Amy, and I’ve played with Amy, and Mark Schlaefer has played with John Truscelli, and I’ve played quite a bit with John — so there’s definitely a kind of historic connection with all the performers,” he said. “And this is kind of a chance for everyone to be doing their own thing, doing what they do best.”


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