Cherry Creek Arts Festival returns for three-day run

Event will host 265 artists at shopping center, with large variety of works

Posted 6/19/18

The annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival has been growing and changing since 1991 at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, where it will fill the area on July 6, 7 and 8. The festival offers an all-day …

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Cherry Creek Arts Festival returns for three-day run

Event will host 265 artists at shopping center, with large variety of works

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The annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival has been growing and changing since 1991 at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, where it will fill the area on July 6, 7 and 8. The festival offers an all-day experience for a varied audience!

For the serious collector, there may be a really special piece that fits into a particular area of interest — or a new work by an artist one has collected in the past. Juried artists, numbering 265, will set up booths with a huge variety of techniques, media, styles and price ranges. (About 2,100 artists from across the nation applied for those 265 spots. Very few go to local artists.)

Those who come from national and international locations will perhaps offer a new experience for even the most savvy shopper. New exhibitors (62) include both renowned and emerging artists. Thirteen different media categories are included in the exhibits.

For families with creative kids, there is Artivity Avenue on Steele Street between First and Second avenues. An Imagination Collaboration Mural will appeal to some children, while younger folks will be drawn to the Creation Station, one of the most popular spots at the festival, with diverse activities for hands-on art that one may take along home. (And, there’s a diaper-changing station for the littlest folks who may need that sort of help.)

Coloring. Amazon Rain Stick, Flower Fun, Poetrees (with Lighthouse Writers), Velvet Art Project and Button Making are among the listed activities. One might want to discourage that little princess from wearing her fancy outfit, since it might get really messy!

And kids from six schools will be learning from professional artists about collaborative mosaic projects, related to Daryl Thetford’s “Denver Cityscape” (Create Your City) in collaboration with the Denver Chalk Festival.

Music will be performed on the Janus Henderson Main Stage and at the Blue Moon Beer Garden, with a ticketed concert event to benefit music education on July 7. (“Uprooted” with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root.) Festival Night, July 6, features Rob Drabkin on the Main Stage.

And then, there’s always “food — glorious food!” Culinary Avenue will be located on Detroit Street and will offer a selection of 22 vendors that range from Alpine Sausage Company through Gyros Corner and Las Empanadas to Respicci’s Italian Ice Cream and Original Berrie Kabobs. Four food trucks will also be located through the festival.

Under the heading, “Art is for Everyone,” CherryArts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, conducts a behind-the-scene year-round arts education program, in addition to this showy summer festival. It takes a Mobile Gallery with museum-quality artworks to various schools and libraries, so more children can learn through the school year, as well as from other art programs that travel. It will conduct a Stanley Arts Festival with about 100 booths at the recently developed Stanley Marketplace in Aurora in September. Original artwork and festival posters are circulated to schools. The Janus Henderson Investors Student Art Buying Program gives students from 24 schools funds to purchase art for permanent display in their schools.

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