Golden's Fine Arts Fest: Art, fun and conversations

Festival takes place Aug. 18 and 19

Posted 8/13/18

Kathleen Tesnakis of upstate New York loves being in Colorado. Coloradans need warm clothing, they tend to be environmentally conscious and they aren't afraid to express themselves, she said. That's …

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Golden's Fine Arts Fest: Art, fun and conversations

Festival takes place Aug. 18 and 19

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Kathleen Tesnakis of upstate New York loves being in Colorado.

Coloradans need warm clothing, they tend to be environmentally conscious and they aren't afraid to express themselves, she said.

That's just a few of the reasons she is looking forward to bringing her wearable art clothing, made of recycled material, to the Golden Fine Arts Festival for the second time this year.

“My work is all about expressing yourself,” Tesnakis said. “I'm excited to talk to the people and discover their stories. That's part of what's exciting about the journey of an artist.”

Put on by the Golden Chamber of Commerce, the Golden Fine Arts Festival is a two-day juried art show that attendees come to enjoy art, live music and other entertainment, craft beer, food vendors and children's activities.

It takes place Aug. 18 and 19 in downtown Golden.

This year, the 28th annual festival will feature more than 130 artists from Colorado as well as out of state, who are juried in a number of media categories, including 2D and 3D art, photography, sculpture, glass, fiber art, mixed media, jewelry, painting and ceramics.

Concluding the festival, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will again put on its annual free Pops in the Park concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Parfet Park, located at 10th Street and Washington Avenue, which is walking distance from the Fine Arts Festival.

“All the art is high-quality and the event itself is well-run,” said Turza Shows of New Mexico, who, along with her husband Andrew, will be selling contemporary Southwest jewelry. “It just works, all the way around.”

It's fun to meet people, catch up with artist friends and have conversations with all walks of life, she said.

“We're looking forward to coming back,” Shows said, adding this will be the eighth or ninth time for them to show at the Golden Fine Arts Festival.

Rick and Linda Bachman of Aurora will be bringing their 3D mixed media art — “fun, funky things made out of wood” — to the festival for about the fifth time.

The two travel to different states across the U.S. about every month to attend various art shows and festivals.

The Golden Fine Arts Festival is especially enjoyable because the variety of art and the enthusiasm of the customers, Linda Bachman said, adding she hopes everyone has the opportunity to experience this year's festival.

“Even if you don't buy anything,” she said, “getting out to enjoy the art is a wonderful way to spend the day.”

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