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Indie arts festival in Greeley showcases wide spectrum of local talent

By Odil Macias
On December 3, 2012

 

The fourth annual Greeley Indie Art Show was held Saturday at Waypoints Community Church. There were 32 local booths showcasing independent artists and hand crafters from all around northern Colorado.
 
The owner of Atlas Theater and coordinator of the event, Kelley Langley Cook, was a vendor of her own fine art from recycled materials.
 
"My art theme comes from restoring things," Cook said. "I really believe in restoring things that are broken. I started finding old books, shutters and cabinets, and I paint on them instead of typical material."
 
More than 1,000 shoppers and viewers showed up to browse the booths that displayed handmade art from photographers, potters, painters, soap makers and tea makers.
 
"I love this art exhibit because I think it's a great opportunity for the community to get to know local artists as well as artists from around Colorado," said Austin Seeley, a junior psychology major at UNC.
 
The majority of spectators were local and were excited to be part of a show that made holiday shopping convenient.
 
"I take advantage and buy holiday gifts here because it's before the rush of all the Christmas shopping, and the gifts are meaningful and unique," Seeley said.
 
Nicole Cove, a UNC graduate student in sociology, said she enjoyed the art show because of all it can do for the art community at the university.
 
"It is so wonderful to come here," Cove said. "The artwork is very cute. I wish I could make some of this stuff. This art show benefits the community as well as the community benefiting the local artist. It's great for the community to come out and support local artists and their businesses."
 
One of the reasons Cook was motivated to organize an event like this is to bring creativity, inspiration and entertainment to the Greeley community.
 
"Greeley is at the end of having a bad reputation for not having many things to do on the weekend, and I am sick of that bad reputation because it's false," she said. "We are creating Greeley to be what it is going to be, and we want it to be a great college town with things to do in downtown."
 
Cook is planning to continue with the annual indie show for next year but she is also planning to organize more events in the summer. There is already a plan in the process for an art picnic in July. For more information, visit indiartsgreeley.com.

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