Wednesday Apr 15 2009
Let your creativity bloom at Spring Festival
By: Gloria Beverage
Found art, green challenge, flower show planned
Creative spirits are being encouraged to participate in this year’s Spring “Green” Festival. This year’s festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 2 throughout downtown Colfax as well as at Sierra Vista Community Center, 55 School St. Found art show Artists can participate in the “Found Art” show, which will spotlight sculptures or visual art creations recycled and creatively combined into art. “Take a look around the house and see what raw materials are there,” explained show organizer Caroline Hickson. “You have the next few weeks to create your vision. Old plumbing fixtures, fabric, wires, plaster, springs, pieces of wood, wheels and other mismatched ephemera in your garage can be assembled into a sculpture or other art object limited in design only by your imagination.” Eighty percent of the materials must be recycled, she stressed, adding the artwork must have been created within the past year. Green challenge Inventors will also have an opportunity to show off their talent during the Spring Festival. “Perhaps you have always wanted to invent a certain item, or have seen a new use for an old object,” Hickson continued. Festival organizer Connie Heilaman is challenging residents to transform an existing item into a new use. “Create a new sustainable product or a new usable object from old materials or convert it using a clean green energy source,” Heilaman said. Old clothing turned into new wearable art is another untapped resource in many homes, which will have its own place in the show. Visitors will be invited to vote on their favorite invention and fashion item. Prizes will be awarded in several age categories. The Found Art show is being sponsored by Sierra Vista Center. To register, call 346-2774. Flower show Natural beauty will be showcased during the Standard Flower Show hosted by the Colfax Garden Club from 1 to 3 p.m. in the historic Railroad Depot. Residents are encouraged to enter their floral creations in one of three categories: Horticulture, Design or Special Exhibits. Horticulture entries include Iris, shrubs and trees (cuttings ranging from 6-inches to 30-inches), annual blooms, bulbous blooms and rose blooms. Advance registration is required for design entries. Call Lauretta Hoofman at 389-8520 to obtain registration information. Special exhibits include corsages, decorative gourds and birdhouses. All entries in the flower show must be placed between 7 and 10 a.m. Garden Club members will be available to assist with labeling and set up. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the flower show, call Carolyn Flynn at 389-2549 or Jewell DeLapp at 346-8149. Apron fashion show Aprons – vintage and homemade – will be the focus of a fashion show starting at 1 p.m. at Roy Toms Plaza. Event co-chair Rebecca Martinez will emcee a fashion show featuring vintage aprons (anything before 1980) or newer if it is homemade. “This is open to anyone. We’re looking for entries and models,” said Martinez. “People who are willing to sell them should put a price on the apron prior to the show. Martinez is also asking that the owners of vintage aprons include a brief history and description of it. Anyone wishing to model or submit an apron for the fashion show is asked to call co-chair Suzanne Maguire at the Whistle Stop Quilt Shop at 346-8482. For those interested in creating an apron for the show, Funny Pharm owner Vicki Breslin has partnered with Dutch Flat Hotel owner Sussy Flanigan for a series of workshops and presentations on apron making. For more information, visit retreats.com.