June 26, 2014
2011 ccaf terry adamsDear Festival Visitors,

We're excited to kick off the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival on Friday, July 4 with an inaugural Bike Parade and Opening Day Ceremony led by Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  

We invite you to dress in patriotic gear, decorate your bike and meet us at 2nd Avenue and Steele Street for a short ride through Cherry Creek North.


Afterwards, stay to enjoy all of the sites, tastes and sounds the Festival has to offer -- visual, culinary and performing artists will be lining the streets July 4, 5 and 6.


We look forward to seeing you in just over a week for another fantastic Festival!
Terry Adams
President and CEO


Opening Day Bike Parade with Mayor Michael B. Hancock 


This year's Festival will kick off at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4 at the Bike Corral at 2nd Avenue and Steele Street with an inaugural Bike Parade & Opening Day Ceremony led by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The short bike parade encourages healthy and environmentally-friendly modes of transportation to the Festival.

Families are invited to come dressed in patriotic attire with decorated bikes, as Mayor Hancock will choose the Most Patriotic Festival Patron at the conclusion of the parade. The parade will run through the streets of Cherry Creek North and end at 10 a.m. at the Main Stage at the Blue Moon Beer Garden on St. Paul Street, where Mayor Hancock will share a few remarks and officially open the Festival. For more information and to RSVP, visit 

Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge Grand Prize Winner


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival partnered with 2014 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. Through a competitive and collaborative selection process, a jury of national artists and art professionals chose seven finalists out of a competitive pool of artists. Each finalist received a $5,000 commission to create a forward-thinking piece to be displayed at the 2014 Arts Festival, July 4, 5 and 6.

On Friday, June 20, the jury selected Betsy Younquist as the winner of the Innovation Award. Youngquist will be granted a $10,000 prize and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2015 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

"Hero" by Betsy Youngquist

Younquist's piece is titled "Hero," and resembles a spaceship, which Youngquist described as a "lifelong creative theme that has recently re-emerged."

"Our ship's pilot is assisted by an abundance of hands that connect, explore and communicate," said Youngquist. "Hands are conduits of power symbolizing creation, transformation and friendship. They are the 'tool of tools.' Through the twists and turns of Hero's journey we have been reminded to nurture and trust that inner creative voice, and to honor each other."

All seven of 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.

Family-Friendly Activities


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival features several activities families can take part in together, making it one of the most well-rounded attractions of the year. 

Visit the Art Institute of Colorado's Culinary Demonstration Stage at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4 where Dennis Taylor, the chef and program coordinator for Cooking Matters Colorado, will lead kids in making veggie quesadillas with a kale and lime pesto.

Throughout the Festival weekend, families can visit Frontier Airline's Artivity Avenue, where kids can partake in a number of activities. Options include KOSI spin art, ceramics with the Colorado Potters, animal collages with Frontier Airlines animals, create-your-own "glass" and printmaking art pieces, and tie-dye flowers and butterflies with Paddington Station Preschool.

The Janus Student Art Buying experience takes place on Fillmore Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the Student Showcase from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Through the Janus Student Art Buying Program, several schools receive funds from Janus for students to purchase artwork at the Festival for permanent installation at their school. At the Showcase, students will explain their process for purchasing the artwork to a panel of jurors.

Additional family activities include acrobatic and circus-inspired performances at the Arrow Innovator's Club and musical performances at the Main Stage at the Blue Moon Beer Garden on St. Paul between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. 


 Photo by Emelyn Morris                      Photo by Tobias Sands

Perspective: Cherry Arts Young Professionals Board 

Purchasing merchandise while at the Festival not only helps support the non-profit mission of CCAF, but also the efforts of Perspective, the Cherry Arts Young Professionals Board. Perspective will manage one of the four merchandise booths at the Festival, and a portion of the proceeds will fund their year-round efforts to create a community among artistically-minded young professionals through special events.  
Along with hosting ART PARTY on Thursday, July 3, Perspective has partnered with Cross-Cultured, a meeting ground for young, culturally curious individuals to explore Denver's artistic community through a broad spectrum of events.
Members of Cross-Cultured will enjoy a free drink at ART PARTY, discounts on CCAF 365 memberships and an Art Walk Map, which features highlights of the Festival and artists interested in offering affordable artwork to new art buyers -- ideal for the young professionals community.

For more information, visit the Perspective Facebook page and Cross-Cultured.

2014 Artist Fun Facts


Sally Linville and Susan Ebright, a mother-daughter duo from Lyons, Kansas, create footstools in the shape of chickens. Every chicken is built and upholstered by hand, making each one unique in posture and personality.


"The idea for the chicken footstools hatched from a combination of simple delights: Happy childhood experiences with pet chickens, appreciation of the artwork of Claude and Francois Lalanne, affinity for things a bit larger-than-life, and enjoyment of the tactile processes of felting, lathe turning, sculpting and stitching," said Linville and Ebright.



By Sally Linville & Susan Ebright 


Raleigh, North Carolina artist Amy Flynn creates "Fobots," otherwise known as "Found Object Robots." Crafted from vintage junk found at flea markets, scrapyards, antique malls and auctions, Flynn creates one-of-a-kind sculptures -- each with its own name, number, and personality.   


The economic downturn served as the catalyst for Flynn's exploration creating Fobots.


"I'd been a professional illustrator, working for giftware, children's books and greeting card companies for most of my life," Flynn explained. "But I'd never faced economic conditions so bad. Clients were backing out of contracts, failing to pay me, going bankrupt. I was at my wit's end."


Finally, her husband said "Why don't you take some time off and make some of your robots? You're so much happier when you're making robots."


Flynn received the People's Choice Award at the 2013 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.


By Amy Flynn

In This Issue
July 4 Bike Parade
Arrow Challenge Grand Prize
Family Fun
Artist Fun Facts
Quick Links

CCAF Website 

Exhibiting Artists 


Art Shop 

Get Involved 


You're Invited


Thursday, July 3

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Hosted by

Perspective: Cherry Arts Young Professionals Board 


Get a sneak peek of a whole block of visual artists juried for the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival the night before the show opens. Enjoy beautiful evening temperatures, artists and spirited beverages.


Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Free public event. 


Mobile Art Gallery


The Mobile Art Gallery is on display now at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.  

Connect with us

Share how art lives within you.




Become a Volunteer

Photo by Patty Penta


 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 non-profit mission and we couldn't do it without them!

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


Photo by Patty Penta





Photo by Frank Montanez





Photo by Patty Penta





Photo by Tobias Sands

Photo by Patty Penta

Photo by Patty Penta






 Photo by Patty Penta





Photo by Frank Montanez

Upcoming Events
July 3: Opening Gala
July 3: ART PARTY hosted by Perspective Cherry Arts Young Professionals group
July 4: BIKE PARADE with Mayor Michael B. Hancock
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!