The Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce concluded its inaugural season of 1st Friday Art Walk on Sept. 1, and according to chamber president Nick Streza the series has been a success.
"We will be here next year," he said. "The chamber has been happy" with the series of events scheduled on the first Fridays of each month all summer long."
Streza said the chamber "has gotten some ideas" from participants for next year's series. Though the events were small during the inaugural season, "It will grow," Streza remarked, and noted that AppleFest also started small.
Some of the vendors who came to participate and support the 1st Friday events this season were present last week for the final one also.
Entrepreneur Phil Berghauser, who has also contributed to the community by originating the Grand Mesa 100 Ultra Marathon event, has found a new field of endeavor with his Pixels to Paper Studio. He can produce visual images on a variety of media and in large format sizes using almost any favorite digital photo or photo print he is provided with.
Lauren Trudell, Berghauser's daughter, who was displaying items from her own business, Unicorn Recycling, specializes in "making furniture magical" and brings repurposed items back to life. Lauren said she and her dad will have a booth at the upcoming AppleFest.
Jessica Good lives at Eckert, and in addition to her regular employment with Delta County Memorial Hospital she operates her own business, Jessica's Eclectics, an enterprise that "dabbles in a bit of everything." She specializes in handmade and found treasurers. She has handcrafted soaps, paper crafts, beaded jewelry and accessories, and handcrafted soaps. She also makes "dream hoops," which she describes as "shabby chic dream catchers." They are decor items crafted from recycled materials including elegant vintage yarns that she finds at yard sales. Her work can be found in five galleries in Delta and Montrose.
Karen Cline who lives at Eckert is a local poet who has been selling her self-published volumes at the chamber's 1st Friday events this year. Her latest volume titled "Flight of Fancy" published in June features a photo of her granddaughter on the cover. Her other volumes are "Crystal Journey," published in 2005 and features her sister's photography, and "Poetry and Fancy: Journey from the Heart" published in 2000. Cline is part of the Methodist Women's Thrift Shop which has been one of the most active of the anchor participants in the 1st Friday series this year.
People have been commenting about the life-sized wooden figures on display outside of Stacy's on Main. They are the work of Wendell Harmon of Delta. He says that he learned his craft from its originator, the late Ben Ortega of Santa Fe. He describes his work as Southwestern folk art, and his dad also practices the craft. Wendell sells his work in Delta, Montrose, Cedaredge and Telluride, he said. He will be at AppleFest also.
Visitors to the final 1st Friday Art Walk last week were treated to an impromptu concert by David Starr. He performed numbers from some of his recent CDs and got plenty of appreciative applause from 1st Friday guests.
And, across the street from Starr's Guitars in front of the Methodist Women's Thrift Store, popular accompanist Vernette Mackley performed familiar and favorite tunes on a spinet piano that has been donated to the Methodist Women's Thrift Store for sale to help raise money for the more than one dozen community causes and projects the store helps to support.