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The Love Letters series, an exhibit of 48 groundbreaking paintings opens Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 3 at the Fort Collins Community Center, 200 Mathews St. in Fort Collins. Artist Bonnie Lebesh spent a year creating the paintings which represent a breakthrough for her. She creates abstract acrylics and mixed media pieces that focus on healing. Her subject matter is personal, and yet resonates universally. Her techniques derive from indigenous people, alternative healing practices, Eastern medicine and philosophy. The exhibit is open noon to 6 p.m. each day with an opportunity to participate in creating a painting and a meditation hour between noon and 1 p.m. Meet the artist between 1-3 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and at a reception 6-9 p.m. Sept. 2. The artist will speak 1:30-3 p.m. on Sept. 3: “It’s Personal.” Closing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3.
All along the Front Range and beyond, it’s festival time! Beginning in early September and continuing through October, there are all sorts of festivals in all sorts of places. Choose the one, or two or three, that tickle your fancy, and hit the road to celebrate. Begin by checking out the details of local festivals in our calendar listings for this month. Rist Canyon, Red Feather Lakes and the Buckhorn Community/strong> have some pretty special events coming up. Harvest Farm’s Fall Festival and Corn Maze runs the whole month of October. Wellington Farmers Market is open 4-8 p.m, Thursday evenings in Wellington Town Park. Detailed information about the festivals listed below can be found on their websites.
A little farther afield:
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest, Sept. 16-18. Music, a beer garden and local food vendors along Pearl St. Mall.
Downtown Denver Oktober Fest,Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Two weekends of costume contests, daschund derby, food booths, polka dancing and live music.
In Paonia, on the Western Slope of Colorado, Mountain Harvest Festival, Sept. 22-25. Live concert, farmers’ market, beer and wine tasting, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, farm tours. Bounty from locally-owned orchards attracts many visitors.
Elk Fest, Oct. 1-2 in Estes Park, offers a chance to learn the beasts’ behavior, observe them in their natural habitat, participate in a bugling contest and see a performance by Native Americans.
Chili and Frijoles are on tap in Pueblo, Sept. 22-25. Experience a very special intensely flavorful green chile served either smoking on a stick, in a quesadilla or sprinkled in salsa. There will be cooking competitions, dancing, arts and crafts and a farmers’ market.
Cedaredge Applefest is on tap for Oct. 1-2.
Telluride Horror Show, Oct. 14-16. Fantasy and science fiction at the historic Sheridan Opera House.
Frontier Historical Museum Ghost Walk, October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. Glenwood Springs. Tours of cemetery, ghost stories. Bring a flashlight.