VAIL — Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the Vail Arts Festival is Vail’s oldest-running arts festival. Renowned for its quality and variety of premier works of art, this free festival, open to the public, will take place Friday through Sunday in Lionshead Village at the Arrabelle at Vail Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The festival features original works by 70 artists and artisans from 18 states, a majority of whom return annually. The artists were selected from 175 applicants. Only artists who are the hands-on makers of their work will participate. The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery-quality fine art and crafts presenting in mediums include painting, drawing, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, photography, metal works, wood, glass, digital media, ceramics, fiber, graphics and printmaking.
“The Vail Arts Festival in Lionshead is a summer tradition. It is a rare opportunity to meet, interact with and purchase original art from the creator,” said Laurie Asmussen, festival owner-producer at Eagle Valley Events. “Guests of all ages and interests will enjoy the free art festival, outdoor entertainment, shopping and dining in Lionshead during this premier event. The Lionshead improvements over the years have made for a wonderful backdrop and complement the festival.”
New this year, the Vail Arts Festival is partnering with the town of Vail’s Art in Public Places to showcase “Street Art” at the Vail skate park and celebrate our young artists through a creative mural project.
Festival-goers will have a unique opportunity to watch four accomplished artists, Michael Friedberg, Prent Milhoan, William Thompson and Shen, create “Street Art” murals at the skate park on the top level of the Lionshead Parking Structure. Each mural will be added to the exterior of the skate park and enjoyable for all ages. This public art project is not only intended to visually enhance the skate park, but to provide a means for the public to experience the evolution of street art live during the festival.
Young artists are invited to the kids’ arts and crafts tent, the Kreative Kingdom, an outdoor kids’ experiential art tent. Washable paint, canvases, smocks and brushes will be supplied for kids to create their own public art work at the festival for the AIPP’s mural project, which will decorate the construction fence for the new playground at Lionshead’s Sundial Plaza.
The more than 9,000 Vail guests attending this three-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts are also invited to visit the Lionshead area retail and restaurant merchants, many of whom will be featuring specials for festival-goers. There will also be live entertainment from local musicians as well as all the activities Vail has to offer.