Breckenridge July Art Festival includes Parker painter Pam Spika
Special to the Daily
If you go
What: 31st annual Breckenridge July Art Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6
Where: Main Street Station, corner of Main Street and Park Avenue, Breckenridge
Cost: Admission is free
More information: Visit http://www.mountainartfestivals.com, or call (970) 547-9326.
Pam Spika is one busy painter, and she’s appearing at the 31st annual July Art Festival in Breckenridge at Main Street Station on Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with free admission.
Spika is among nearly 100 juried artists selected to display their works at the first of three of Mark Beling and Judith Pollock’s annual Mountain Art Festivals.
“I’ve been painting professionally for 26 years,” Spika said, “and doing outdoor shows for 13 years. This year, I’m doing 20 shows.”
Born in Miles City, Montana, she later moved to Delta at age 10. Now a resident of Parker, Spika is a single mother of three: Kelsi, 23, Austin, 19, and Greyson, 13. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree cum laude from Western State College in Gunnison.
Spika’s passion and curiosity for painting have won numerous awards at the best shows and exhibits in Colorado.
“I am inspired by the movement and rhythm of patterns; bold, pleasing, vibrant colors; masterful contrasts and unpredictable asymmetry balanced by strategically placed lines,” she said of her very distinctive style, a blend of technical, geometric precision with contemporary, lively colors.
“Art is an expression of creativity that should bring emotion to the mind, interest to the eye, engages the viewer and should stand strongly and independently on its own, requiring no ‘artsy’ explanation.”
Spika’s artistic technique involves a mixture of mediums. She draws designs on paper or canvas. For some pieces, a collage of decorative papers is applied in the background. She then textures the surface to add depth and dimension. Once dry, she paints with acrylics and adds fine details with colored pencils, crayons and metal leafing.
She has participated in two international art shows, the 18th International Art Festival in Manila Republic of the Philippines in 2009 and also the Pyeoungtaek International Art Festival in Pyeoungtaek, Korea, in 2007.
Spika also was the featured artist at the 2013 Autumn and Art at Bradley Fair Park in Wichita, Kansas. Her original artworks are part of many public and private collections in the United States and abroad, including England, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Hong Kong.
In addition to this week’s show, Breckenridge will again host Beling’s other nationally ranked 13th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27; and the 39th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, Saturday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 1. For more information, visit http://www.mountainartfestivals.com.
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