Great Divide Art Festival this weekend in Breck |

Great Divide Art Festival this weekend in Breck

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Special to the Daily Western painter Douglas Wodark is one of many artists who'll be on hand at this weekend's festival.

The 36th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival returns to Breckenridge this weekend, with more than 100 artists representing a wide range of mediums including photography, wood, glass, jewelry and pottery. She show is located on Main Street at Wellington and runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Admission is free to the festival, ranked in the top 200 of fine art shows in the United States. According to marketing director Karin Bearnarth, the show is juried by Mark Beling of Mountain Art Festivals, owner of the event. Some 5,000 people are expected to visit the festival during its three-day run.

Short profiles on two of the festival artists are below.

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I think that the Gathering of the Great Divide is one of the finest art festivals in the area. It has an eclectic mixtures of styles and subject matter that makes it interesting and fun.

My work focuses on riders in traditional western landscapes shot through with unexpected color and vibrance painted in oils on canvas.

Cowboys and Indians fascinated me as a little boy, and I guess I haven’t grown up all that much, as they still do. The raw beauty of a western landscape and those that have called it home give me all the challenge I need to tell a story with paint.

I have been a professional western artist for about 16 years.

I also display my work at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Sedona Arizona as well as other juried shows throughout the country.

I do sculptural ceramic pieces, freestanding and wall pieces. They are different from typical ceramics in that they are painted with acrylics after being fired for permanence. I would describe my style as contemporary, abstract geometric variations with bold outlines and color.

My inspiration: The challenge of creating a piece that is completely satisfying to me. The sheer joy of getting my hands in clay and mixing and applying color to achieve a world I could not have dreamed of in advance.

I have been doing variations on this particular style for nearly 20 years.

Work is displayed in galleries from time to time, currently one in Madison, Wisc. and Tarrytown, N.Y. I mostly show and sell my work by traveling to art fairs such as this one, all over the Midwest, Florida and Texas.

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