VAIL — Celebrating its 30th summer, the Vail Arts Festival returns today through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (4 p.m. close on Sunday). The free outdoor festival features displays by more than 80 artists throughout Lionshead in Vail and provides a well-rounded experience by including public contests, artist/visitor meet and greets, the Kid’s Creative Kingdom and many additional ambient entertainment and concurrent event options.
The Vail Arts Festival is a three-day celebration displaying the best works chosen by jury selection process months in advance, including digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and print making, metal works, wood, mixed media, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and fashion for viewing and purchase. Artist are on hand to chat with attendees as well. Every year, strolling entertainment draws everyone in to actually becoming a part of the event, and includes the ever-popular Kid’s Creative Kingdom, where families can take home a craft they’ve created, a living Mona Lisa and other moving statues along with music, food and beverages. New this year is the Passport Program contest for the public, with the winners receiving a vacation with airfare.
Finding the right fit of artists for the Vail Arts Festival involves an experienced panel of judges that make the difficult decision to choose only 80-some outstanding artists from hundreds of applicants to bring their best showcase pieces and be available to speak directly with those wandering the festival.
The pre-judging selection process brings together newer artistic talent in various mediums, along with some of the most recognizable names in the creative world.