Traditions old and new will put on a fair face this weekend when ArtStir, an all-Colorado art and design market that debuted in 2013 at the Denver Pavilions, returns in a bigger and better version for Memorial Day weekend. Samuel Schimek of Pavilions shop I Heart Denver took over the festival’s directorship for 2014, and he’s infused this year’s ArtStir with same kind of magic he works year-round on a smaller scale at his Denver-centric boutique. More than 100 vendors will open up shop in and around the Pavilions today and tomorrow, with a loud-and-clear “buy local” message, a community-building component, and a blend of fine art, and DIY and handmade wares.
“We’ve gotten applicants from all over the state,” Schimek says. “And all our planning is on track. We’ve got the Denver Day of Rock’s Groove Automotive Stage, where we’ll have poetry, artist demos and fashion shows, and we’re making sure our vendors represent every Colorado Creative Industries-registered creative district.” In addition, RedLine’s Reach Program, which offers art experiences for the homeless and at-risk, will operate a double booth at the fest, and in the inner plazas of the Pavilions, the bARTer Collective social-art truck will offer two different interactive performances.
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Shop ArtStir from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 to 6 tomorrow at the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street on the 16th Street Mall; admission is free, and restaurants in the Pavilions will have open doors for hungry booth-browsers. Get more information at artstirdenver.com or denverpavilions.com.
Sat., May 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2014