Letter to the Editor
The 13th Annual High Peaks Art Festival was a fun and very successful event this past
weekend. We had record attendance and record total sales figures, and a wonderful time
was had by all.
Many people and businesses were instrumental in the success of the Festival and
I’d like to give them my heartfelt appreciation. Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery has been a Festival sponsor and enthusiastic supporter for the past five years. Additionally, Cori Boogaard was an awards judge again this year. Dan Ball at B& F has also been a sponsor for years and has welcomed our distributing the Festival Guides at the check stands.
Thank you to the Town of Nederland’s Town Clerk Michele Martin for always being fair
and getting back to my endless requests and questions promptly. Thank you to Jason and
the guys at Public Works for sweeping and watering the parking lot. A special thank you to Jake Adler at Nederland Police for helping keep the event safe and for reassuring me of all my concerns patiently and kindly.
This year was the fifth year for our artist awards program and the artists and public alike
loved it. I was so pleased that most of the awards were sponsored by Nederland businesses and individuals. Thank you Blue Owl Boutique, Carousel of Happiness, First Tracks Consulting Services, Peak to Peak Counseling, the Alpaca Store & More, 4TheLuvofDogz,Mountain Rose Hair Care, Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery, Susan and Wes Schneider, Janette and Julian Taylor, Best Western Lodge at Nederland, Dandelion Fine Art & Gifts and Pat Everson.
To Nate and Johnny Baumhover for once again being our overnight security guards, I don’t know how you stay awake all night but I do know that we have never had any vandalism or
issues on your watch. On behalf of the artists, thank you so much for keeping their tents safe.
The Festival’s mission to be zero waste was once again was accomplished by Jane Curtis of Keep Magnolia Clean. Her hard work every morning and evening were very evident and we all appreciated her beautiful stations.
To Mutual of Omaha Bank for letting the Festival’s patrons park in their lot and for
letting me put signage in the lot, the signs would never have gotten constructed if Ron
Mitchell had not offered to make them for me. Ron was around all weekend, offering help
and troubleshooting for us in many ways. When the car traffic on Highway 119 became heavy,
Ron donned an orange vest and directed traffic safely for many hours.
Many thanks to all the Nederland folks who helped with artist set-up and take-down, who
were booth sitters and who helped in so many other ways: Lindy Bolt, Susan Schneider, Nancy Moon, Atashnaa Medicine Shield, Kim Culver, Lori Kinczel, Betsy Massa, Wendy Flottmeyer, Deb D’Andrea, Dillon Weaver, Brenda Waggerby, Larry Dean, Jon Ridnell, Kimba Stefane, Janette Taylor and Nedheads, Barbara Hardt, Lance Jones, Jennifer Pund and Jeffrey
Smith and Holden Reecer.
Special thanks to Mayor Joe Gierlach
for his wonderful support and enthusiasm of the Festival. Your article on your blog last week was not only a huge surprise; it totally captured the spirit of the event. Thank you for being a part of the awards presentation.
The award-winning artists were thrilled to have their photos taken with our Mayor.
I could not have gotten through artist set-up and take-down without the hard work,
reliability and good humor of Brad Wickham for three days. I have spent the last eight months working on the 13th Annual High Peaks Art Festival and much of that time involves bouncing ideas off of someone, waking someone up at 5 a.m. (or 11 p.m.) as I was typing or printing, and asking someone to help me in many ways. That someone is my husband of 34 years, Rocky Stiers. Thank you Rocky, for all your support of the event and for being the creative artist that you are (and for hanging banners, weighting down artist tents, making posters and answering phone calls).
Last but not least, thanks to You, the people of Nederland. You came to the show. You
loved our artists and you bought their art. You have made many people very happy!
Executive Director, High Peaks Art Festival