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New Mexico artist to be featured at local art festival

LYNETTE SOWELL

Cove Leader-Press 

David Copher, a Copperas Cove High School alum, is returning to his roots in Copperas Cove and will be one of the featured artists at the Five Hills Art Festival on March 25. Copher owns the David Copher Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

David Copher

David Copher

Copher’s family moved to Copperas Cove when he was a year old. Copher excelled in art from an early age and used the money he earned from mowing lawns to buy art supplies.

He worked in pencil, pen and ink drawings in his elementary school years, then learned about watercolor, oils, and acrylic during junior high. His earliest subjects included wildlife, ranch hands, and rodeo cowboys.

After graduating from CCHS, Copher went on to work in a foundry, where he honed his metal sculpting skills. He started a multimillion dollar construction company and also worked as a rodeo clown for more than two decades.

After selling his construction business in 1980, Copher began to pursue his first passion—fine art. His Santa Fe gallery is a hub of activity which include art shows as well as events like “David Copher Halloween”, which raises money to combat homelessness in the Santa Fe area.

A $750 value print from Copher is one of the door prizes to be given away during the festival, as well as prizes donated by other artists.

In addition to Copher, more than 30 vendors from around Texas will display and sell their work at the festival.

“We have a very wide variety of mediums from paintings, drawings, henna tattoos, jewelry, home decor, fabric artists of aprons, pillows, photographers, bath and herbal products, pottery, wood crafts (cutting boards), tie dyes, sugar skulls, beef jerky, crochet art, and hand crafted knives,” said Five Hills Art Guild president, Linda Lapierre.

Fort Worth artist Sergio Santos will be showing and selling his abstract portraits at the festival. Santos was recruited by Patricia Boyles of Ami’s Art Glass, who is lso returning to the festival this year. Boyles has kept busy recruiting other artists from the DFW area to include Sheabides in Joy of Roanoke, Uncle Ron’s Beef Jerky, Schneck Woodworks of Joshua.

Adding a unique twist on art is the New Braunfels-based performance art duo of Razzy and Randel, who “are loads of fun,” according to Lapierre.

Other locals showing and selling their work at the festival include Azeita Taylor, with Taylor Photography; Butch and Nancy Ronne of “Nothing Wasted But Us”, and make recycled art and décor; Keith Chad, with Cam Hood, who makes handcrafted knives; Deanna Bussell, face and baby bump painting; John and Naomi Rosen, books and paintings; Sheri Wilson, painting and jewelry; and another repeat vendor, Connie Dent, who owns the Rustic Chicken. The Copperas Cove High School art club will also have a space.

Lapierre said the guild is currently working on a list for overflow vendors. The deadline for vendor applications is Friday, March 17.

The performing arts will have a place at the festival, with live entertainment provided by bands Rare Dog and The Storm’s I, as well as musician and vocalist Katy Starr of Austin. Starr has been a past performer at Austin’s SXSW festival. There will also be performances by the Central Texas Bellydance Association and GymKix.

The food truck lineup for the festival so far includes Big Dog BBQ, Krab Kingz, R&R Eatery with Hawaiian fare, and Ray’s Ice Cream.

More information can be found at the guild’s website, fivehillsartguild.com, as well as the Facebook event page for the festival, https://www.facebook.com/events/374116706294727.

The Five Hills Art Festival, “Art in the Park”, is set for Saturday, March 25, from noon to 6 p.m. at Copperas Cove City Park. The free event is open to the public.

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