Debbie Hering, of Craig, stands at her booth full of beaded and woven necklaces she and her sister made.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Debbie Hering, of Craig, stands at her booth full of beaded and woven necklaces she and her sister made.

Parrotheads put on Art'n the Park'n Lot

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Nicole Ferree, 14, left, and Caitlin Harjes,13, play their guitars on stage Saturday during the Art'n the Park'n Lot festival organized by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads. The two have been playing music together for the past two years and were one of many talents featured throughout the day during the fall festival.

— Once inspired by the seafood and creole culture of the Gulf Coast, local artist Peggy Green's inspiration has evolved into sweeping Wyoming horizons and quaint Colorado churches.

"It was all so new to me," she said about her move to Colorado two years ago. "So I painted it. I went from shrimp to Colorado towns."

Green moved to Craig from Mobile, Ala., the same town in which Jimmy Buffet was raised.

Buffet's legacy of music was one of the reasons Green and several other local artists set up booths to showcase their art Saturday.

Green was one of about 12 vendors who lined the edges of the gravel parking lot at J.W. Snacks restaurant Saturday as a part of the Art'n the Park'n Lot fall festival.

Organized by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, the festival raised money for music scholarships and environmental efforts the club specializes in.

Cody Draper, of Craig, who organized the event, said it was designed to showcase local artists and musicians.

"Last year, we just did the Phall Phling, and we had a silent auction," he said. "But this year, we just decided to go all out, take a big bite out of it and see what happened."

He said the event was successful, mainly because of the sunny, crisp fall day that brought out more than 100 community members to the parking lot.

There was a beer garden, a silent auction and a stage featuring several local live acts, which covered the occasional Jimmy Buffet song.

"It's a very cool idea," Green said. "It's so nice to see all the local people out. And they all know each other. It's so friendly."

Local artist and Parrothead member David Morris also was showcasing his personal art at the festival.

A middle school English teacher, Morris said he always had been interested in "messing with clay."

"I like to take the human form and make it into things," he said.

"It just feels good to create things," he said. "It's kind of an obsessive thing and a great stress reliever. But I always clean up. My wife would kill me if I didn't clean up."

He said he has been making pottery for only a few years but that art is something that develops with age.

As for the event, he said he was glad to have been a part of its organization and execution.

"We've had a lot of community support," he said. "When we were planning it, we were wondering if we should really do this. It was a scary undertaking. We could have lost money on it, but we won't. Next year, it'll be even better."

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