Now in its 11th year, this outdoor weekend-long gathering of artists and artisans has become a favorite Aspen mid-summer tradition.
The festival showcases an all-star line-up of the nation’s finest artists in open-air tents, turning the blocks of Monarch Street between Main Street and Durant Avenue into an eclectic bazaar. It’s free and open to the public, running Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Perusing the offerings, you can experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging from life-size sculptures to photography, glass to paintings, ceramics to jewelry, mixed media and more.
This will be the second time the festival takes over Monarch. It had previously been confined to Wagner Park. It’s produced by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Howard Alan Events, the Florida-based producer that’s helped sprout similar festivals across the U.S.
The juried exhibit-style art fair features more than 200 artists from the valley and far beyond. It offers a wide variety of styles and mediums as well as price ranges, with pieces fetching $25 to $30,000. Artists will be on hand in most of the tents this weekend, and available to talk about their process and sources of inspiration.
Festival attendees are encouraged to enter a free art giveaway as well. Artist Zsuzsanna Lucianowill give away a print on canvas, “Bryce Morning Glory,” appraised at $600 and featuring a portrait of Bryce Canyon’s otherworldly hoodoos. Visit Luciano’s tent to register for the contest. The winner will be announced in a drawing at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The festival kicks off an exciting and event-packed mid-summer for Aspen’s visual arts scene. For more on those many upcoming art-centric happenings, pick up next week’s special “Art Issue” of Time Out.
For more information on the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, call the chamber at 970-925-1940.