Cherry Creek Arts Festival: Alive with Art

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Past Event
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Cherry Creek North
First to Third avenues between Clayton and Steele streets
Denver, CO  80206

For many Denverites, a trip to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival over the July 4th weekend is a tradition, despite the heat or monsoons or anything else Mother Nature might throw in the way. And the weather isn’t the only thing that changes from year to year. “We always have 250 artists, but there’s a different vibe to that group each year,” notes festival director Tara Brickell. “We have a jury of five, but we use five different people each year to curate a different show. In 2016, we have 75 new artists who haven’t exhibited here before, and we also have 26 from Colorado, so there’s a good local flavor to it.”

The beauty of this event, Brickell adds, is its support for artists and festival-goers alike. “We put a huge focus on the 250 entrepreneurs who participate and work to allow them to have a successful sales experience,” she says. “We try to show that this is a viable option for our artists, many of whom do this around the country and make a living off these shows. And we really do try to have something for everyone. Some of the work comes with a higher price tag, but we also have some really affordable artwork, so anybody can come to the festival and start their art collection. It’s a casual way to engage with artists and buy artwork.”

There’s also a lot more to see than art vendors. This year’s highlights include an interactive installation by Jen Lewin, the “Chandelier Harp”; surprise pop-up processions and performances by the Handsome Little Devils and their regatta of moving contraptions; a demonstration by 2016 CCAF poster artist Lynn Whipple; a ticketed Perspective Elevated rooftop party at Room & Board from 5 to 7 p.m. today (go to bit.ly/1VzdrFh for details and tickets); and live music, great restaurant eats and food trucks.

Visit the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Cherry Creek North, between Second and Third avenues and Clayton and Steele streets, beginning at 10 a.m. July 2 and running through July 4. Admission is free; learn more about the fest at cherrycreekartsfestival.org.

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