Every year, The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) attracts artists from around the country to sell their art.
Every year, The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) attracts artists from around the country to sell their art. The festival’s goal is to provide people in Colorado with access to a broad array of art, and that includes kids. Terry Adams, Executive Director of CCAF says, “It is our hope that the Cherry Creek Arts Festival provides a spark for young people to begin the process of becoming art buyers and art collectors. There are affordable options for the first-time art buyer at our event and once you get started it will become an ongoing lifetime experience.”
From pottery to print making kids can try their hand at making a wide variety of art. But, the main event is about walking from booth to booth and seeing what the other artists have created. Most of them are more than happy to talk to a young adult about their work, inspiration, and even art in general. What they have to say is fascinating. Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong from Orlando, Florida, says, “Colors are like people. Put two together that don’t get along and the whole piece doesn’t work.” When you look at his large abstract paintings you can see what he means.
Another artist, Tai Taeoalii from Salt Lake City (www.artbytai.com) has a very different style. He draws very detailed ballpoint pen drawings of monsters, aliens, and animals that he scans, reprints on large canvases, and washes with water color paint. “I’ve been drawing with a pen since I was a kid,” says Tai. “I would hope that kids would be inspired by my work and take their own direction on it.”
The great thing about the CCAF, unlike a museum, is that you can talk to the artist and even buy their work.