Colorado Art Weekend kicks off with the Park Hill Art Festival

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DENVER — This weekend marks the start of Colorado Art Weekend, a collection of art exhibits taking place over multiple weekends leading up to Labor Day weekend.

The first is the 9th Annual Park Hill Art Festival, which features 90 professional artists from across the Rocky Mountain region.

“We specialize in face mounted acrylics,” said photographer Randy Koepsell. “We use pearl metallic print media.”

Koepsell’s photos look almost like paintings, and the cost is a fraction of what you might pay at a gallery.

His work and the work of other artists, artisans and drapers will be on display and for sale at this weekend’s Park Hill Art Festival.

“I’ll be working live, so I’ll be showing artwork that I’ll be working on,” said Judith Dickinson, a commissioned portrait painter who even painted the Governor. “And then I do Western paintings, then my husband and I work in Africa, so I paint Africans too.”

The festival will also feature clothing and other merchandise.

“We do everything recycled and we make it right here in Colorado,” said Autumn Teneyl.

Her clothing line is one of a kind.

“I go to Los Angeles and I dig [trash]said Teneyl. “That’s where the big manufacturers dump huge amounts of fabric from overproduction. And then we bring it back to Colorado, and we cut and sew here.”

The festival, now almost ten years old, will be there this Saturday and Sunday, with a little something for everyone.

“I do things that are sporty and you can exhaust and travel in,” Teneyl said. “I feel like she’s a woman who’s ready to turn her life around, and she could be 15 or 80 — and that’s real.”

“This one is from the Tetons,” Koepsell said of another photo. “It’s an alpine sky that’s known as the belt of Venus. It’s pre-visual light. It’s very rare, I’ve only seen it twice.”

“We just had a great year last year so we decided to come back,” Dickinson said.

The show will once again be performed on the grounds of the Park Hill Masonic Lodge on Montview Boulevard between Dahlia and Eudora streets.

It runs on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next in the art series is the Evergreen Mountain Art Celebration, taking place June 25-26.

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