2012 Featured Artist Jesse Crock

Golden native and resident Jesse Crock’s colorful paintings depicting adventure mountain sports and the scenery of the Colorado outdoors perfectly capture why so many people love the city of Golden and the Rocky Mountains.

Crock is a competitive mountain biker, rock climber and teaches elementary art at Westridge Elementary in Jefferson County.  He lives in downtown Golden and is well known locally for his artwork.  For the past two years, his paintings have been selected by the USA Pro Cycling Challenge for the Golden stage poster.

Last year was Crock’s first year exhibiting at the Golden Fine Arts Festival and he won first place in the painting category and was selected as the 2012 Featured Artist. His painting ‘Crestone Needle, Early March’ is depicted on festival posters, which can be purchased for $20 each at the Festival, through the Golden Chamber of Commerce and at many area merchants.  Festival t-shirts are also available for $15.

“I was absolutely blown away to be selected,” says Crock.  “I’ve been attending the Golden Fine Arts Festival for as long as I can remember.  To now be its Featured Artist is a unique opportunity and I’m incredibly honored.”

According to festival organizer Nancy Mason, “Jesse’s painting ‘Crestone Needle, Early March’ is a vivid celebration of the mountains.  Whether you strive to climb a 14er like Crestone Needle or prefer to admire its beauty from afar, Jesse’s paintings speak to anyone who loves the mountains.”

Crock, who has been creating artwork as long as he can remember, graduated from Golden High School and has a bachelors in art and art education, as well as a masters in painting from Adams State University.   He strives to balance being a great teacher and sharing his love of art with his students, along with pursuing his own artwork. 

Crock will be available at the Golden Fine Arts Festival to meet with visitors and answer questions about his work.  The Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, on 11th Street just west of Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden.

For more information and updates about the Golden Fine Arts Festival and other activities in Golden, visit the Festival website at www.GoldenFineArtsFestival.org or Golden’s visitor website, www.visitgolden.com.