Downtown Denver Arts Festival will celebrate its 15th year over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, at its original home, the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Courtesy photo
Downtown Denver Arts Festival to celebrate 15th year Memorial Day weekend
Serious and casual art lovers will be welcome with open arms to the 15th annual Downtown Denver Arts Festival, taking place this Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. And what will make the welcome all the more special is the fact that the popular arts festival is returning to its original home, the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
The “art centric” location provides a more comfortable and stroll-able environment, and this year’s festival will welcome 140 artists (from a record field of applicants). Ninety-two of the attendees are from Colorado, and include many of the state’s most critically acclaimed artists, displaying and selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other fine works of art, ranging in price from less than $100 to tens of thousands of dollars.
“We’re looking forward to making this the very best Downtown Denver Arts Festival ever, and returning to the Denver Performing Arts Complex only makes things better,” said Jim DeLutes, the festival’s director. “We have welcomed many of Colorado’s best artists to this year’s festival, along with some of the most respected artists from across the nation. Our outstanding list of artists, combined with our return ‘home’, will provide art lovers with a tremendous place to enjoy artwork they love in a setting that is more conducive to fine artwork.”
Hundreds of artists applied to be in this year’s Downtown Denver Arts Festival, and a waiting list had to be established due to the overwhelming interest and desire to be part of this year’s event. The final list was determined following a rigorous jury selection process.
The list of artists, and samples of some of their work, can be viewed at www.DowntownDenverArtsFestival.com. A video of the artwork is also available at http://tinyurl.com/DDAF2013.
Philanthropy will also be an important element of the Downtown Denver Arts Festival at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This year’s event will also benefit Project C.U.R.E., which helps meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world (www.projectcure.org).
“The art community is made-up of people who want to help people, and it’s an honor and a pleasure to know that our work will also go to the good of the important cause of Project C.U.R.E.,” DeLutes said.
The Downtown Denver Arts Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.DowntownDenverArtsFestival.com.
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