Connecting community and artists this Labor Day weekend

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — The 48th annual Labor Day Art Festival in Manitou Springs featured a range of artists including potters, jewelers, painters and sculptors.

“We go out into the community and see what people like, what strikes them,” said Juanita Canzoneri, guest artist liaison, Commonwheel Artists Co-op. “It’s great when something you put together, just someone falls in love. It’s just a feeling that nothing else matches.

About 90 artists took part in the art festival, including Sheryl Wasinger, who owns her own studio.

“I was four years old when I knew I loved art,” Wasinger said. “I remember, I broke my arm when I was little and I’m right-handed, but I was coloring with my left hand, and just in my head, I thought, I’m going to be an artist.”

Sheryl Wasinger painting during the festival.

Wasinger had set up a booth at the festival showcasing his work and was painting an artwork for attendees to view.

“This is the piece I worked on…it’s actually a drive from Breckenridge to Frisco that you probably don’t recognize because it’s a bit wild, but it’s whimsical and I’m having fun” , Wasinger said.

Canzoneri said this event helps artists receive feedback on their work.

“It’s a great way to get feedback on your work, which like a lot of artists works very insular in their own space,” Canzoneri said.

Another artist, Denise Alguesev, owner of Drawings by Deniseexplained how art exhibits help connect artists with members of the community.

A necklace created by Designs by Denise.

“It’s a lot of high quality art that we have here, it’s great to see something like this and all the people coming out and looking at it,” Alguesev said. “We need artists here to sell and we need people to come here and enjoy it.”

The artists were able to share their work and explain their inspiration for the pieces to the participants.

“I’ve had people show me a picture of their house and we had to choose a room that would look really good in their window or with their lighting or their bathroom colors or something,” said Faithe Salladini, Owner of Mio Blend. “Engagement has been great.”

Artwork by Mio Melange.

Canzoneri said the art festival connects her with artists she only sees once a year at this event.

“If I don’t come talk to them at their booth, I don’t see them for years,” Canzoneri said. “So for me, it’s very special.”

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