4 years ago, photographer Jim Delutes and a friend and fellow artist named Rick Martin had an idea while at a fair in the North of the USA that specialized in artwork sold for under $100.00. The year that Delutes realized the idea, they drew nearly 3,000 visitors across the course of 1 day to a fair that, similarly, sold cheap (er) artwork. This year, says Delutes, the owner and director of the fair, on the fourth year of its existence, the fair was expected to draw about “…4,000 visitors, and… we know we have 140 artists here today.” The fair drew at least that many, says Martin, who lives in Colorado and has sold his mixed media artwork, including clocks and candle-sticks, at the fair since it began.
Unlike Martin, however, most of the artists who made an appearance at the fair on Sunday August 30th were selling their goods at the Affordable Art Fair for the first time. “I definitely want to (come back next year),” said John Scanlan, a photographer making his first appearance at the Affordable Art Fair in 35 years as an artist. Like many of the artists for whom Delutes’ fair was a first, Scanlan was shocked at the number it drew, guessing it to be in the 3,000’s. All over the fair artists were enjoying attention from the 1,000’s of visitors the fair draws annually, and only halfway through the fair, which goes from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, some were running out of goods. In the opinion of the nearly sold-out artists at least, the fair was a great success.
Visitors too, were having fun. Colleen Hatten, a first year visitor looking for jewelry was impressed by the variety of the art for sale, as well as how many different booths there were offering beautiful artwork. Other visitors enjoy the fair so much that they return, such as Frank Modica, who went last year and found such good gifts he decided to return. Other first year visitors even came because of recommendations from other visitors, helping to slowly raise the number of visitors year by year.
So, if you’re interested in art and want to find beautiful work of all types that you can afford, join the thousands and flock to Aurora Community College next August 30th to enjoy art of all types. There’s something for everyone, from Rick Martin, an artist enjoying his 4th year selling his wares at the Affordable Art Fair, to Cordell, a small boy who bought his first piece of art at the fair.