Big West Arts Festival Draws Hundreds

Early birds arrive at the Big West performance stage to wait for one of the bands to begin at the 5th Annual Big West Arts Festival.
Early birds arrive at the Big West performance stage to wait for one of the bands to begin at the 5th Annual Big West Arts Festival.

The front lawn of Sheridan College turned into a metropolis of culinary, visual, and performing art as hundreds showed up to take a look at the 42 visual artists’ booths on display.  The free event featured 20 hours of live music and entertainment, a quick draw competition, and welding rodeo, plus all sorts of activities for the kids.

It was the 5th annual Big West Arts Festival held Saturday and Sunday at Sheridan College and Rod Dugal, co-director of the festival said the festival is a good way for people to see what’s out there in the art and music world.

At one point on Saturday afternoon northwesterly winds kicked up enough to cause the artists to “batton down the hatches” and hang on tight to their canvas galleries, but that didn't dissuade the crowds. Artist Julie Nighswonger, traveled from Torrington to display her artwork hoping to cash in on her creations.

Ranked #54 among the top 200 art fairs in the country the Big West Arts Festival is not a western art festival, but an art festival in the big West.

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