Arts & entertainment

Golden to feature art at its finest

27th annual art show takes place Aug. 19 and 20

Posted 8/15/17

Three years ago, a young couple came up to watercolor artist Janet Nunn’s booth at the Golden Fine Arts Festival and announced: “It’s our one-year anniversary.”

“And now, it’s become a tradition for them,” Nunn said. “They come …

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Arts & entertainment

Golden to feature art at its finest

27th annual art show takes place Aug. 19 and 20

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Three years ago, a young couple came up to watercolor artist Janet Nunn’s booth at the Golden Fine Arts Festival and announced: “It’s our one-year anniversary.”

“And now, it’s become a tradition for them,” Nunn said. “They come every year to pick out a piece of art that they both like, and they purchase it for each other as an anniversary gift.”

The 27th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19-20 on 11th Street between Maple and Arapahoe streets in historic downtown Golden.

The 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 art, photography, sculpture, glass, fiber art, mixed media, jewelry, painting and ceramics.

Nunn, of Lookout Mountain, has participated in the Golden Fine Arts Festival 10 times, and last year, she won Best of Colorado. She will have a variety of paintings, notecards, bookmarks and limited edition prints available for purchase.

“Viewing art is just an uplifting thing,” said Nunn, who teaches classes at Foothills Art Center and Arvada Center, in addition to in other states.

But what makes Golden’s art show even more exciting, she said, is the variety of people it attracts — everyone from new students attending the Colorado School of Mines and their families, to locals who have been coming every year.

“You just never know who you’re going to see and get to visit with at the Golden Fine Arts Festival,” Nunn said.

Pam Caidin of Arvada, a jeweler for nearly 40 years, travels across the U.S. to participate in various art shows. This is the second year she will be bringing her jewelry to the Golden Fine Arts Festival. Last year, she won Best of Jewelry.

Before she started making jewelry, she came across a book called “Africa Adorned,” which was all about the jewelry worn by African tribes.

“It seemed to me that jewelry is such an expression of being human,” she said. “And it is still a way of self-expression.”

Caidin, who works with mixed metals, will have a number of contemporary pieces, including earrings, necklaces, broaches, rings and bracelets.

This is the fifth consecutive year Jesse Crock of Golden will be participating, and again he will be doing some live painting. On Saturday, he is planning on painting Boulder’s Flat Irons on a 3-foot-by-5-foot canvas.

“Live painting is fun because it offers opportunities to have conversations with people,” Crock said. “It really helps them (spectators) connect with the painting and the artwork that I do.”

Crock paints with acrylics and will be bringing a variety of his paintings for people to purchase, he said. He is particularly known for his landscapes with a Colorado influence.

“Golden brings together a variety of great artists,” Crock said of the Golden Fine Arts Festival. From the painters to the photographers, and the ceramicists to the sculptors, “everybody is a master of their craft. It’s definitely a fine arts festival. It’s fun to be a part of that.”

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