Palisade is getting ready for Bluegrass! For the first time in festival history, the official poster and artwork for the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival has been chosen from art submitted by local artists.

While the previous years’ poster art had been chosen and provided by the festival organizers, this year the contest was opened to the public, similar to the way artwork is chosen for the annual Peach Festival and Winefest.



Sarah Brooks mingles among the other artwork submitted for consideration. Each of the five submissions was unique, making it a tough choice!

The fun part of the process is the reception at the Blue Pig for all interested parties; artwork by artists from all over the valley is submitted and hung in the middle of the gallery, and guests mingle among the masterpieces. Great appetizers, and a selection of local wines and beers make it a party, and everyone gets to vote on the piece of artwork that they want to represent the upcoming festival. The artwork will be used on the official poster as well as other marketing pieces, and can be used on souvenirs like T shirts and ball caps.


The winning selection – “Let’s Boogie” by Donna Bergman

This year’s winner, titled “Let’s Boogie” is by a Grand Junction artist named Donna Bergman. The mixed media piece shows a musician with guitar and banjo, the signature bluegrass instruments. The collage, done mainly in warm shades of red and orange, was chosen from a field of five, including watercolors and oils.

The seventh annual Riverbend Park festival is scheduled for June 10 – 12, 2016. This year’s lineup can be seen and tickets purchased at