The Canvas 

July 2, 2013 

Greetings From the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Many people ask me - "what do you do the rest of the year?" With more than 350,000 visitors to entertain and keep safe, 250 visual artists, scores of culinary and art demonstrators, musicians, food and beverage vendors, as well as more than 1,000 volunteers, dozens of wonderful sponsors, and new programs like the Innovator's Club, we've been work on all this for 362 days. We even plan to minimize the environmental impact of the Festival with an ambitious recycling program - and we ask your cooperation in that.

As our work reaches fruition, we couldn't be more excited for July 5th, 6th, and 7th. Our team has put together one of the best Festivals yet. There is no doubt in my mind that our guests are in for a treat in 2013. We're rolling out the welcome mat and hope to see you on the streets of Cherry Creek North this weekend. Be prepared to really Live Love Art! See you there.

Terry Adams
President & CEO
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Local Artist Wins Innovator's Award

Stefan Begej
Photo courtesy of Stefan Begej 
According to the Arrow executives, who judged the Arrow Innovator's Award, the decision was very difficult, as all seven works by the finalists were worthy of award. Stefan Begej, a multi-media artist from Littleton, CO, emerged as winner of $10,000 for his work, "Innovation Engine." 

"I view this honor as confirmation that the underlying motivation for creating "Innovation Engine"- to give a strong visual representation to the human urge to innovate - found resonance and support within the judges," Begej said.

With a background in materials science, mechanical engineering, optics, and robotics, Begej epitomizes the connection between innovation and technology as expressed through art. Begej's work, along with the other six finalists' pieces, will be located in the Innovator's Club, at 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street, throughout the Festival. 
The Innovator's Club and award program is sponsored by Arrow Electronics.
Performances Abound - Musical, Culinary, Artistic

One of the 14 featured musical performers this year on the Main Stage at the Beer Garden, is soulful blues singer Nina Storey.  

The Los Angeles Examiner listed her as one of the "20 to Watch in 2013" and People Magazine wrote "With a voice like hers, pyrotechnics are redundant." Music Connection proclaimed, "By far one of the most powerful and expressive voices in the business today, combining poignant storytelling with memorable melodies."


Storey's music has had wide placements, including Ford, Kellogg's, and Hyundai commercials, and in numerous TV shows, Days of Our Lives, Say Yes To The Dress, So You Think You Can Dance, Girlfriends. Storey takes the stage at 2 pm Saturday, July 6.


Beginning at noon Friday, July 5 till the end of the Festival Sunday, July 7, the stage will heat up with performances from FACE, Chris Daniel's & The Kings, The Moses Jones Band, Dotsero, and many more!  Please visit here to view the full list of performers. The Main Stage at the Beer Garden is located at St. Paul between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. 


Culinary Arts 


The Culinary Arts Demonstration Stage at Fillmore and 2nd Ave., will host Chef Dan Witherspoon (The "Recipe Doctor" according to Indulge Magazine), The Slotted Spoon co-owner Jensen Cummings and others as they tantalize your palate and pique your interest with new tastes.  Recipes from all demonstrators will be available on the Festival website. In addition, 22 culinary vendors are onsite to fulfill your dining needs at the Festival.


Visual Arts Activities 

Tim Decker Tim Decker, a nationally-renowned speed painter, will entertain and amaze visitors at this year's Festival with three shows each day at the new Innovator's Club tent. 

Artivity Avenue, located on Milwaukee Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, provides a place to liberate the creative mind.  From painting to pottery, the "artivities" will spark interest in all generations.

The Festival offers a diverse amount of activities that will engage your senses and may touch your heart. We invite you to immerse yourself in the arts at the 2013 Cherry Creek Arts Festival - and to truly Live Love Art!
Be a ZeroHero at the Festival!

More than 300,000 guests can generate a lot of waste - plates, bottles, cups. Our goal is to recycle as much of that waste as possible.

Kristen Owsley of Denver is helping in a unique way. She's "upcycling," collecting empty wine bottles from the Festival to use in building her "Earthship" house in Alamosa. She'll use the bottles as mini-windows to allow light through the walls.

You don't have to build a new house to help the Festival lessen its environmental footprint. All you have to do is make sure you dispose of your trash and recyclables at one of the ZeroHero tents at the Festival. 

ZeroHero, a nonprofit program, utilizes a three-stream waste diversion system with compost, recycling, and trash. ZeroHero tents will be clearly labeled with the three streams and will be set up all around the Festival, so when you visit, make sure you pitch in and be a Zero Hero!

Esprit de She 
Run for Your Health - Sunday, July 7


There is still time to sign up for the 

Esprit de She 5K and 10K races, presented by Athleta and Lifetime Fitness. Visit www.espritdeshe.com or register at the Esprit de She booth during the Festival. Races will begin at the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot on University Avenue on Sunday, July 7 at 8 am. You can register online or on-site at the arts festival July 5 and 6. 



Bid to Give at the Art Auction 

With over 100 donated pieces of artwork from the 2013 Exhibiting Artists in the Art Auction this year, there is sure to be a piece you fall in love with. All proceeds will go to support our year-round art education programs throughout Colorado. Be sure to not only view the artwork online, but visit the NEW location of the Art Auction Exhibit at Clayton and 2nd Avenue during the Festival.

A Word About our Festival Sponsors

You see the logos of our sponsors everywhere - in this newsletter below, on all our materials - why? Because they truly make the Festival possible by contributing ideas, special programs, money, materials, food, water, tents, space, and services. Their supports make it possible for us not only to put on the Festival, but also to provide year-round art education for school-aged kids in Colorado.

We have 33 sponsors in various categories this year.  Three Presenting Sponsors, Janus, Arrow Electronics and Toyota.  Ten Associate Sponsors, The Art Institute of Colorado, Cherry Creek North, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Frontier Airlines, FastFrame, Heineken, Heinrich Marketing, JW Marriott, King Soopers, and SCFD (name?). Joining them are five Associate Media Sponsors, 9 News, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles/Mountain Living, The Denver Post, Entercom,and Xfinity. 

We have eight Supporting sponsors, Blake Communications, Deep Eddy Vodka, Dish (Coast 2 Coast Communications), Esprit de She, Fruition Internet Marketing, Happy Llama, Pepsi, and Viking (Kimball Distributing). And seven Contributing Sponsors, Colorado Business Bank, Creative Law Network, Earl's Kitchen + Bar, Kaiser Permanente, MDE Foundation, and Xcel Energy.

We thank them for their support - and we ask you to appreciate their support also. If you see a sponsor booth at the Festival, stop for a moment and thank them for helping us put on this unique artistic experience. 

In This Issue
- Vote for Art
- More Events
Quick Links

 Exhibiting Artists 


Festival Store  

 Past newsletters & merchant info 


Cast your vote for the artist you'd like to see featured in this year's Mobile Art Gallery.


Volunteers are the backbone of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The difference between a good volunteer program and a great one is that the volunteers have a wonderful time while they are working for the event. 


A team of almost 1,000 volunteers are needed to produce the Cherry Creek Arts Festival each year. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival's mission is to provide access to a broad array of arts experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Our volunteer team understands that mission and works toward its goals by volunteering for one of our many committees during the event.

The Volunteer Program is presented by Xfinity

Photo by Bruce Ryman 
Photo by Bruce Ryman
Photo by Phillip Rubino
Looking for something to do as a family this 4th of July weekend?  The Cherry Creek Arts Festival has something for all ages!
Photo By Phillip Rubino
Visit Artivity Avenue!  A great place for both kids and adults to let their imagination shine. 
Photo by Tobias Sands
Photo by Patty Penta
Help the Cherry Creek Arts Festival reduce our environmental footprint by recycling at the Festival!
Photo by Patty Penta

FRIEND OF THE FESTIVAL Memberships Available NOW

Look for these displays in your local King Soopers!

Memberships can also be purchased on-site at any merchandise booth or at the Member Lounge on St. Paul between 2nd and 3rd Avenue at the Beer Garden.

2013 Poster

"Monk with Cherries" by Tres Taylor

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AUGUST 10, 2013
5th Annual
Cherry Creek North Food & Wine



You can help promote CCAF by using this graphic as your Facebook Cover Photo

Simply drag this photo to your desktop, then upload it to Facebook as your "Cover Photo". Visual Artists are encouraged to use it to let your buyers know you will be at CCAF, volunteers can use it to help recruit more volunteers, culinary vendors can use it to advertise, etc.!

ART-felt thanks!




July 2: Opening Gala

July 2: ART PARTY -- FREE public Artist Preview Event at the JW Marriott Hotel, 7--10pm
July 5, 6, 7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 23rd Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 5 Opening Night Celebration

August 10, 2013: Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

October 1 -- December 1, 2013: 2014 VISUAL ARTIST CALL FOR ENTRIES  


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