CherryArts Auction: Now Open
Each year CherryArts features an art auction with original works of art and other exciting items generously donated from exhibiting artists, sponsors, and supporters. The auction raises money to support our year-round mission to support arts education.

Kick off your visit to the Arts Festival with a stop at the auction gallery located at 2nd and Clayton.

One item to expect is this one-of-a-kind 18-karat white gold pendant (left) from the John Atencio Signature Collection. Individually inspired and hand-designed, this extraordinary pendant showcases a 14x10mm emerald fancy cut Swiss Blue topaz, a trillion-cut peridot, and 25 round brilliant diamonds.

Other work to expect includes a ceramic piece from exhibiting artist Randy O'Brien (lower left) and a serigraph from exhibiting artist Stephen Harmston (lower right).  

The CherryArts Auction begins online today at CherryArtsAuction.Org

Bring Your Art To Life
Please join us at the Janus Henderson Investors Art Experience tent for an afternoon of creating art! In this open studio session, you will be able to choose from a variety of media, with instructors available to facilitate. You can try your hand at screen printing and create your own tote bag, work with the Colorado Potters Guild to learn about wheel throwing and create your own slab built ceramic piece, or use metal to create a unique art piece, and create your own painting masterpiece. 

The Janus Henderson Investors 'Bring Your Art to Life' open studio is at the Janus Henderson Investors Art Experience Tent located on Clayton between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on Sunday July 2nd from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Photo by Frank Montanez                            Photo by Jenny Griffin
Toyota's Car Painting by Lisa Rusell
Toyota is returning to the Arts Festival this year and will once again be commissioning an artist to paint a car at the festival live. This year's artist is Lisa Rusell and she will be painting on a Prius. This will not be Lisa's first time painting a Toyota car; in 2015, Lisa painted a Toyota Camry with a gorgeously expressive floral design at the Denver Art Museum. We are excited to see how she will be #BringingArtToLife at the festival this year! Visit her website to see more work from Lisa. 

Toyota will also be hosting a Ride & Drive during the festival. This is a wonderful opportunity to test drive a variety of Toyota's models! 

Arrow Art Challenge Winner Announced!

Congratulations, Peter Clouse!

Arrow Electronics called this their toughest winner selection yet. After much deliberation, they have selected Peter Clouse as the winner of this  year's Arrow Art  Challenge! 

Peter's message of sustainability struck a cord with Arrow Electronics and spoke to their  own initiative of making environmentally conscious choices, particularly with their own waste management. Peter reuses thrown-out electronic cables to weave them into a textile work of art. 

"When I first started making art I didn't know it would end up being connected to issues of sustainability, gender roles or connect to a history of textile making, all I knew was I enjoyed making so I continued making. My material choices stem from being broke; for almost a decade I have chosen materials I am surrounded by, literally picking materials out of the garbage. I see potential and beauty in materials that others have discarded. This habit or hoarding of discarded materials has created a passion in me for being sustainable as an Artist. I am passionate about consumption in this country and how it leads to the disposal of goods and it is now my responsibility to put these materials back into production."

Visit his website to learn more about his work. See the work of all Arrow Art Challenge finalists on display at the Arts Festival on Detroit near 2nd Ave. 
Featured Artist Spotlight
Photography | Nashville, TN

Will Connor, based in Nashville, Tennessee, has been creating nature-based work over a 25 year career. Whether working in abstracts or more literal subject matter, all of his work seeks to tap into the hidden mysteries and beauty of the natural world. He uses a range of media from fiber based paper to metal dye sublimation prints. Image capture is done through high resolution digital. His photographs are in numerous public, private and corporate collections and are exhibited yearly at selected juried art shows across the country.

Find him at Booth #33 on July 1, 2, 3 and visit his  website!
A Word on Parking & Getting
To The Festival  

Enjoy the weekend without parking hassle!   As always, parking is free and easy at the festival!

Our long term sponsor, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center will have its control arms raised for all hours of the festival allowing for free parking! There will also be three $6 on-site parking garages: The Janus Henderson Investors building garage at 151 Detroit; The Clayton Lane garage at 2nd and Columbine; The Whole Foods parking structure at 2nd and University

Or choose to ride your bike to the Festival! Valet parking for bikes is available at our "bike corral" located at 1st and Steele Street. Please support our Bike Valet non-profit partner, whose mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families through the gift of a bicycle.  Denver B-Cycle is also a great option! There are FOUR locations to serve you in Cherry Creek North! Learn more at .

Also, do remember to be safe - if you are expecting to drink, please have a ride arranged with a friend or with a driving service. 

Learn more about general Festival info here.

Get your tickets today for the Grammy Award winning "Rebirth Brass Band". This New Orleans gem has gained popularity by performing at festivals around the world. The band fuses classic brass jazz with a contemporary flair. Concert proceeds benefit CherryArts' education programs. Tickets bought in advance are $12 (general) or $35 (premium). At the door, tickets will be $15 (general) or $40 (premium).

The Opening Gala for Art Education is a fabulous art preview and buying reception topped-off with a stunning culinary experience and dinner program. This yearly event supports CherryArts' year round initiative to bring educational art experiences into the community. 

Transferable three-day Festival VIP Club access, good for one meal daily, featuring private and elegant dining, comfort and first-class accommodations. All three day of Festival VIP Club access at JW Marriott Cherry Creek, located onsite.  

Find Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Write Denver at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival all three days! Leave a poem at their Poetree found on Artivity Avenue or the JW Marriott Festivasl VIP Club. You can also stop by their event "Word on the Street" from 10 AM to 12 PM, July 1 & 2, and create a story with giant word tiles--think magnetic poetry, but bigger. For more information, visit

Photo by Liz Levy Figueroa

Still curious about the Arts Festival? Catch up on any information you may have missed including press releases, newsletters, and general information. Get excited - the Arts Festival will be here before you know it! 
The Art of Giving Back:
Call for Volunteers 
Photo by R. Tony Smith
Every year more than 1,000 dedicated, engaged, community-minded and fun  volunteers co ntribute to make the Cherry Creek Arts Festival possible. Volunteering at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival gives participants an exclusive, behind-the-scenes appreciation of the artists and art that make the Festival so enticing and fun.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival volunteer program, presented by Xfinity, attracts volunteers who are dedicated to the arts, the community and look forward to having a great 4th of July weekend while working and enjoying the Festival.
Please visit  for more information about how you can get involved.


Celebrate Bringing Art to Life using the hashtag #CherryArts and #BringingArttoLife
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 Henderson Investors Student Art Buying Program.