As our year-round education outreach in schools is winding down, we are busy gearing up for the 27th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival! Mark your calendar and save the date as we celebrate 255 artists Bringing Art to Life on the streets of Cherry Creek North, July 1, 2, 3 this year- Saturday through Monday. This incredible group of juried artists are hard at work creating as they prepare for exhibition.
We couldn't be more excited about all that we've got in store for you this year: incredible artwork to discover and purchase, art-making activities for the whole family to enjoy, interactive art experiences, pop-up performances involving intergalactic friends, live music, great food, libations and MORE! 
Thank you for your continued support of CherryArts, stay tuned for more details and we look forward to seeing you in July!

Tara Brickell, Executive Director / CEO
T he 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival 
will offer two official Commemorative Posters!
We are thrilled to feature the artwork of Daryl Thetford! 
 "Denver Night Sky" and "Summer in Denver" 
2017- Digital Art
Chattanooga, TN
Available now at:  Cherry Art Shop 

"My use of color and texture in my work is different from many artists involved with any type of digital process. I do not use color or texture filters, but rather actual photographs to create compositions. 

My process begins when I take photographs focusing on signs, train cars, graffiti, urban walls, newspaper boxes, cracks in wooden walls, metal, worn and weathered painted walls, as well as old maps, and other Americana ephemera that I find on my travels. I was drawn to the detail, the texture, the painterly aspect of older signage that co-existed with the newer, slicker, mechanically-produced signs. I wanted to preserve these images, because I felt it was only a matter of time before these original pieces of art-that's really what they are-were lost to weather, time, and progress. 

Numerous photos are added and overlapped. Although I have used as few as 50 images to create simple images, often 150 or more photographs are used in this process." - Daryl Thetford

Title sponsor Janus Capital Group and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival are in their 16th  year of helping to keep the arts alive in Colorado schools through a unique arts education initiative known as the Janus Student Art Buying Program. This one-of-a-kind experiential art education program engages students with an in-school exercise to help them explore the many facets of art, and then enables students to apply their knowledge through a hands-on art-buying opportunity at the Festival where they will purchase artwork for installation at their school. Twenty-four schools were selected to participate this year, since the program's inception Janus has funded over 260 pieces of original art finding their permanent home in schools around Colorado.
Join us at the Janus Student Art Buying Showcase on Saturday, July 1st from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. a t the Janus Art Experience tent located on Clayton between 2 nd  and 3 rd Ave. 

Artist © Bruce Peeso

 After a competitive jury process of 2100 applicants, a hired jury of five art professionals and artists selected 255 national and international artists to exhibit. 
* 82 of the visual artists are first time exhibitors at CCAF  * 30 are from Colorado * 5 artists will participate in the Emerging Artist Program.


Artist © Lori Piecyk                                                                                                                          Artist © Ashley Joon

     Photo by Patty Penta                      
Keep an eye out for tickets to follow, for Denver's Art Patron Event of the Season! 
The Opening Gala benefits the CherryArts 501(c)(3) non-profit mission to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado. The evening is a fabulous art preview and buying reception topped-off with a stunning culinary experience and dinner program.
In Remembrance 
We will miss a long time supporter of the Arts Festival, Gil Farin. Gil volunteered for over 10 years, we will miss his positivity and his willingness to always lend a helping hand.  

CherryArts (Colorado Events & Education) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Along with the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival and CherryArts Festival at Stanley, CherryArts fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs including the Mobile Art Gallery, Artist in Residence programs and the Janus Student Art Buying Program.