The second annual Avon Arts Celebration brings together over 100 artists from around the country to show their work in Nottingham Park in Avon this coming weekend. The judged open-air exhibit is displayed in tents on the park’s grassy grounds and includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, metal and woodwork, and much more.
“There has never been a larger art show in the Vail Valley with a greater variety of artists and more nationally acclaimed artists in one place,” said show director Darren Skanson. “The facilities Avon has set up and the dedication to the arts that they have shown is pretty overwhelming.”
CCM Events has hosted art exhibitions across Colorado for nearly two decades and initiated its first exhibition in Avon last summer during the pandemic. While many festivals canceled their events, Skanson felt it was more important than ever to continue with the opening show.
“I said we have to go on with hope, we have to keep spreading beauty because it’s our job as artists to convey the message to people that there is still hope and beauty in the world,” Skanson said. “I didn’t want to let fear stop me from creating beautiful things.”
The Avon Arts Celebration will feature visual artists from across the country working in a variety of media, including highlights such as Jess Davila’s stone sculptures, Paul Nzalamba’s colorful African batiks, Sabrina Frey’s glass bead mosaic paintings, and Tina Hoffer’s woodwork, among many more. All artists are required to showcase their original work in person so that buyers can interact directly with the creators.
“I want the public, collectors, and homeowners to meet the very artists they are going to take home with,” Skanson said. “This experience is extremely valuable. For me, it’s about bringing people together, that’s what I do, and I want to bring artists together with art lovers. “
This year, CCM Events will also broadcast an HD livestream on the Vail Valley Events Facebook page. The show runs all weekend long and offers interviews with the artists and guided tours at each stand of the festival.
The festival starts on July 23 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit coloradoartshows.com/avon-arts-celebration. To access the livestream, visit http://www.facebook.com/VailValleyEvents.