Nationally ranked art festival returns to Beaver Creek
Art in numbers18th annual Beaver Creek Art Festival10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-7Beaver Creek ResortDaily Staff ReportBEAVER CREEK – The 18th annual Beaver Creek Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7. During this three-day fine art exhibition over 150 artists will gather at the Beaver Creek Resort to showcase their creations. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.The Beaver Creek Art Festival attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year. In fact, last year’s festival was ranked among the top 100 fine art festivals in the U.S. for 2004 by Sunshine Artist magazine. Event organizers strive for a well-balanced show catering to a variety of tastes. From functional to decorative, classic to contemporary, whimsical to elegant, there is something for everyone. Visitors can find paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and fused glass to name a few media. All of the work on display is available for purchase and prices will range from $25 to $10,000.Since its inception, the Beaver Creek Art Festival has welcomed thousands of artists from all across North America. Visitors to this year’s festival have the opportunity to meet artists from California, New York, Maine, Florida and New Mexico to name a few. Many of Colorado’s own artists are exhibiting in the show, as well. Focusing on quality and originality, an independent panel of judges chose the exhibiting artists from more than 1000 submissions. Unlike a gallery or museum, a fine art festival such as this one offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists in person, commission a specific piece, ask questions about techniques, learn the sources of their inspirations and purchase fine works of art directly from the artists.For more information, call the Beaver Creek Resort at 845-9090 or visit http://www.artfestival.com.