May 29, 2014
2011 ccaf terry adamsDear Friends of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival,

As we enter the month of June, our team is gearing up for another fun-filled Festival over the Fourth of July weekend.  

We have a great show in store for you this year!  The 250 artists you will meet have been working very hard to offer you a world-class visual arts experience.  They are ready and waiting to tell you their story and help you learn more about what they do.  It is our hope that you will be inspired to start, or add to, your personal art collection with a piece or two of original artwork!  I think you will find it to be true that "Art Lives Here."


You will be busy as you digest the many pieces of this year's event.  The Visual Arts, the Culinary Arts, the Performing Arts and endless programming await you.  We invite you to get out there and take it all in.  

We'd like to thank our presenting sponsors, Janus, Arrow Electronics and your neighborhood Toyota stores for their leadership and support. We couldn't produce the Festival without them.
Terry Adams
President and CEO


2014 Poster REVEAL Event Highlights


On Wednesday, May 21, we held our poster REVEAL event at Earl's Restaurant in Cherry Creek.
The 2014 poster artist, Dolan Geiman, joined us from Chicago to celebrate with guests and kick-off the Festival season.

During the event, Geiman created an original collage piece using scraps of paper brought by attendees. Geiman worked on the piece while
interacting with guests. Many of the scraps held sentimental value and included family photos, ticket stubs, old newspaper articles and even a scuba diving certificate. Guests were able to share the story behind their items with Geiman while he worked.

At the end of the evening, the piece was raffled off to a winner. Congratulations to Erica Boe who joined us from Janus, one of CCAF's presenting sponsors.

We'd like to thank Earl's Kitchen + Bar, our sponsors and all of the attendees for an enjoyable and memorable event.
Photos by Frank Montanez

2014 Artist Fun Facts

This year's artists at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival will exhibit their work from 34 states across the country, Canada and Buenos Aires. Each artist offers something unique and interesting. Did you know... artist Daryl Thetford uses 20-75 different images to create simple images. "I do not use color or texture filters, but rather actual photographs to create compositions. My process begins when I take photographs -- focusing on signs, train cars, graffiti, urban walls, newspaper boxes, cracks in wooden walls, metal, worn and weathered painted walls, as well as old maps and other American ephemera that I find on my travels," Thetford said. 
 By Daryl Thetford
 ...artist Jeffrey Cannon uses pure pigment, known as soft pastels, to create his drawings working from the background forward while blending with his fingers. He uses no fixatives during the process to create his vibrant artwork. 
By Jeffrey Cannon of our emerging artist exhibitors, Liz Quan, was in the publishing industry and worked for companies like Town & Country, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine Magazine before pursuing ceramics and stepping out on her own as a professional artist. "Being a self-employed artist feels more meaningful and personal to me, and this personal expression is something I wish to share with others," Quan said.
By Liz Quan 








Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge Finalists    

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is partnering with 2014 Festival presenting sponsor Arrow Electronics in the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, an international challenge to inspire artists to take the concept of innovation and express what five years out looks like in the art world, translating ideas into their artistic medium. Through a competitive and collaborative selection process, a jury of national artists and art professionals chose seven finalists out of a pool of artists. Each finalist is receiving a $5,000 commission to create a forward-thinking piece to be displayed at the 2014 Arts Festival, July 4, 5 and 6.

The jury will select one winner to receive the Innovation Award, granting that winner a $10,000 prize and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2015 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The pieces will become part of the innovative collection of artwork at Arrow and may be featured in a global ad series and in offices around the world.

Congratulations to the finalists: Jared Anderson & Eric Dallimore, Tim Byrns, Sayaka Ganz, Randy Wilson, Andrew Woolery, Betsy Youngquist and Xinxin Zhi. 

Young Professionals Bring Fresh Perspective to CCAF


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival's young professionals board, Perspective, celebrates its second year in 2014. Perspective aims to advance arts and business education, cultivate future art buyers, promote community leadership and philanthropy development, and give a younger demographic access and input to Festival experiences and business. In addition, Perspective will host this year's ART PARTY, as well as support other on site experiences for young professionals. All are welcome to ART PARTY from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., July 3, on Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.


Perspective is also partnering with Cross-Cultured, a new vehicle for connecting Denver's young professionals to cultural institutions through exclusive events. Founded by Katie Kruger, Cross-Cultured will officially launch on May 29 at DADA Art Bar. With the purchase of a membership to Cross-Cultured, participants will gain access to a calendar of events in Denver's cultural community.  For $30, members will enjoy free and discounted tickets to 25 events between July and October. The group will be an opportunity for Denver's artistically minded to learn, socialize and network.


To learn more, visit the Perspective and Cross-Cultured. 

Share How Art Lives Within You Social Media Contest


At the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, we believe that art lives within each of us. Every 4th of July weekend for the past 23 years, we have joined forces in Cherry Creek North to create a community that celebrates the artist within. While we are awed and inspired by the hundreds of juried artists that join us each year, it is our patrons who bring their love of art and reinforce the unique dynamic that is the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

This year, we ask you to share the art that lives within you. Between June 2 and June 20, we invite you to submit a photo, video or short story about how art lives within you, using the hashtag #CCAF on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. For example, you might submit an image of something you made in art class, or a video of you playing the guitar or a photo of your culinary masterpiece. Be creative, but most importantly, be yourself.
Every week, we'll select one winner. Prizes will include restaurant, retail and salon gift cards, Festival merchandise and a Festival VIP package. Specific prizes will vary and will be announced each week.

To learn more and see the official rules, please visit   

In This Issue
Artist Fun Facts
Arrow Art Challenge Finalists
Young Professionals Board
Social Media Contest
Quick Links

CCAF Website 

Exhibiting Artists 


Art Shop 

Get Involved 


On Sale Now!

You're invited to the art patron event of the season:

Thursday, July 3


Honoring this year's distinguished patron:

Arts & Venues Denver


Tickets are




The Opening Gala is hosted by the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and presented by Colorado Business Bank and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles.
CCAF Membership

Become a "Friend of the Festival" for only $10 and enjoy perks such as:

-BOGO drink coupon at the Festival
- Merchandise discounts
-Member tent & luxury bathroom access
& more!

Learn more here. 
Save the Date

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine 


Mark your calendars for a spectacular culinary event.


August 9, 2014 



An all-new indoor art show experience produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. 
The Colorado Convention Center: November 14, 15 &16.
Stay tuned and learn more here!
Connect with us

Share how art lives within you.




Become a Volunteer


 Each year, a team of

nearly 1,000 volunteers is
needed to produce the
Cherry Creek Arts

Festival volunteers are
dedicated to helping CCAF
achieve its overarching
mission: supporting arts
education in Colorado so that
art can live here 365 days a

Above all, CCAF volunteers have a great time in a passionate environment.
Photo by John Schultz

If you're interested in getting involved, click here. 
The volunteer program is
presented by Xfinity.  
2013 Event Photos


Photo by Patty Penta




Photo by Bruce Ryman




Photo by Frank Montanez




Photo by Emelyn Morris

Photo by Randy Moore

Photo by Patty Penta

Photo by John Sadler

Upcoming Events
June 23: Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge Grand Prize selection
July 3: Opening Gala
July 3: ART PARTY hosted by Perspective Cherry Arts Young Professionals group
July 4, 5, 6: 24th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 5: VIP Celebration (by invitation only) 
November 14, 15, 16: Art Denver

Thank you!