Palisade Art Festival showcases artwork from across the country

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — The work of art goes beyond a brush and canvas.

Palisade, a town known for its top-notch peaches and wineries was home to something new this time around, art.

The Palisade Art Festival isn’t just any art show, artists from across the country are hand-picked to showcase their talent.

Kaytha Potts, an artist from Texas, says, “just love this area and really appreciate the beauty here as well as the wildlife. A lot ot of my art is based on buffalo, the wildlife here, wolves and I just love the west and feel so drawn to it.”

Every artist has a different vision for what they create.

Sometimes it’s even designed without a brush.

Potts also says, “I’ve struggled with what to call it because it’s fiber art because it is done all in yarn, but I’ve also started incorporating the paints, as well as the fabrics, so really you could also call it mixed media.”

Another aspect that art provides is a sense of pride, some even take on the role of educators.

Jerry Locke, an artist from Arizona, says, “when I can show people what is inside stone and kind of teach people, we start to have a conversation and they’re learning and I’m teaching. To me that’s an important part of being an artist too is engaging people in what you do, what it’s about, and why you’re passionate about it.”

Let’s ask the organizer, who also happens to be an artist herself.

Tina Cunningham, the organizer of the event, says, “I like well obviously being able to produce art, being a part of these shows, I really like talking to the people, you get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life, be outside for a beautiful weekend.”

Art can be created from a simple thought.

Potts added, “there’s so many different ways to do art, which is such a cool thing about art, there’s not a right or wrong answer if you use the elements and the principles, you can literally anything into art.”

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