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Artists convene at Breck Arts Festival

JENNIFER HARPERsummit daily news
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BRECKENRIDGE In a weekend filled with red, white and blue, 150 artists will convene in Breckenridge to throw the rest of the color palette into the mix.The 22nd annual Breckenridge Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the Wellington and East Sawmill parking lots on Main Street in Breckenridge. The show was ranked last year as the 23rd best fine arts show in the country by the Source Book.The festival is a juried art show, which means a jury reviewed the submissions of 450 artists from all over the country and narrowed the field to 150.Its a competitive show to get into. The chance of getting in is 30 percent, Judy Pollock, owner of J & M Jewelry in Breckenridge, said. That enables us to have a high quality show.For 15 years, Pollock has owned the jewelry shop with her husband, Mark Beling, who is the director of the arts festival. The pair has been in the jewelry business for 29 years. Pollock and Beling are both jewelry artists; their store features their own work as well as the work of 50 other jewelry designers.We concentrate on representing unique work in our store, she said.The couple used to do art shows in Florida and the Midwest.Thats how we got started, how we earned a living, Pollock said. We understand (shows) from the artists side. We know what they like to see in a show.While Pollock and Beling no longer exhibit their own designs at the Breckenridge Arts Festival, 11 other jewelers will be there along with painters, sculptors, photographers and many others. The artists hail from 23 different states, and one is from Israel. The artists are required to be present at the show with their work.2005 marks Pollock and Belings 11th year with the arts festival.Were heavier on the fine art, Pollock said. Its a great, quality show, and it looks like were going to have a nice weekend for it.The event will have some food and a beer concession available.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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