Cherry Creek Arts Festival launches Art Shop website to sell work year-round

The artwork featured at the Cherry Creeks Arts Festival will now be available for purchase all year with the launch of the organization's new website, Art Shop, which launched last Wednesday. To celebrate, Art Shop is featuring commemorative festival posters from 1991 through 2012 -- and they will be 50 percent off through Friday.

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The CCAF actually launched a virtual shop in 2001, but didn't generate enough revenue, according to festival associate director Tara Brickell. So this year it partnered with Fruition Internet Marketing to create Art Shop. "We are thrilled that Art Shop will now become a benefit to artists accepted each year to the Arts Festival," she says. "Once juried into the show. artists can expect to receive a year of exhibition on Art Shop as well."

So once the festival is over, the unsold artwork from that year will be available on the website. "We often receive calls from patrons throughout the year who are looking for an artist that they found at the Arts Festival over the summer," Brickell says, adding that the website will both give the artists more exposure and give buyers a place to find handmade works of art. "Patrons will find original, one-of-a-kind artwork ready for purchase."

But this week, the feature is on open-edition posters of previous festivals -- all at 50 percent off through November 30. Visit Art Shop to see -- and buy -- those posters.

Submissions for the 2013 festival are still being accepted. The deadline is Saturday, December 1, and artists can apply through the CCAF website.