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Don't miss ArtFest this weekend


By Bettina Huseby
Progress Contributor

    Hipsters, yipsters and day-tripsters are all invited to the third annual Jasper ArtFest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to country and bluegrass music and see the work of 60 regional artists. Munch on novelty foods. Check out the Woodbridge Inn’s open air Biergarten.
    Admission to the festival is free. Organizer Ron Barnes hopes to see you all there. Check out what’s going on below. If you’d like more information visit

Plein Air Contest


    Fancy yourself a better artist than Van Gogh, Monet, or Renoir? Then you must enter the timed art competition hosted at Sharptop Arts Center, located at 68 D.B. Carroll Street, behind the Old Jail and Jasper Café. First prize is $150. Second prize is $100, and third prize is $50. Bring your own paint, and report to 68 Carroll Street on Saturday at 8 a.m. $10 buys your entry and a certified canvas. You’ll have 8 hours to complete your fresh air masterpiece for the 4 p.m. judging.

ArtFest Music
    Don’t forget your gee-tar. Saturday’s musical guests are Steve Stone, Justin Godfrey, Steve Moore & Steve Arnold, and the Jordan Grassi Band. After 4 p.m., it’ll be an open mic. The Marble Valley Community Choir will perform Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Sharptop Arts Center’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy booth.
    Sunday’s performers are young Aspen Countryman, Ryan Boss, Sherry Richardson and Eric Reinhardt.

Happenings at Sharptop Arts
    With all the fun going on, don’t forget to turn by the Old Jail on Main Street and go one block for events at Sharptop Arts Association.
    The arts center will have entertainment throughout the weekend from students at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy, as well as face painting, hot dogs, a plant sale and baked goods sale.
    The works of art created for the Plein Air contest will be on display and for sale inside the art center on Sunday.
    Sharptop is also hosting a reception for art vendors the evening of Saturday, April 20, where members of the community orchestra the Sharptop Strings will perform.

ArtFest Food
    Johnny’s New York Style Pizza will be baked on-site at the festival. In addition, their 744 Noah Drive location will be open regular hours both Saturday and Sunday.   
    The Woodbridge Inn Restaurant and Lodge will offer an outdoor Biergarten, just across the old wood bridge at 44 Chambers Street Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy beer and hearty German fare in the casual atmosphere of open air dining. Beer brands will include Eagle Rock Distributors, Budweiser, Bud Lite, and Red Hare Lager (from Marietta). Wines are from Copa. All were especially chosen for the Spring. 
    Jasper Café, located behind the Old Jail at 140 Mark Whitfield Ave, will be offering festival goers a choice of sit-down meals as well as carry-outs.    
    The Carriage House Coffee Shop, located at 34 North Main Street, will be offering a full line of breakfast items from 6:30 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday and 6:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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