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Cheesman Park Art Fest 2017 - 5th Annual
Denver, Colorado (West)
Show Dates: 7/29/17 - 7/30/17
Application Deadline: 2/15/17 Midnight MST
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Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (required): $30.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
Promoted by Dash Events in association with Rio Grande Festivals, 130 juried artists and craftsmen will be invited to showcase their work in the 5th Annual Cheesman Park Art Fest. This two-day, outdoor show takes place beneath century-old trees in Cheesman Park, an 80 acre sprawling greenscape in the heart of the Mile High City. Set at the convergence of three historic neighborhoods with a population density 4 times the city average, in a city growing 24 times the national average, the demographics and location of this festival can't be beat!
The Cheesman Park Art Fest has gotten rave reviews from the artist community over the past four years, and attendees flock to shop and enjoy the perfectly charming atmosphere of the show. Sunshine Artist's 200 Best issue gave it a ranking #4 in the nation for sales of Classic & Contemporary Craft - a major accomplishment for a show just 4 years on the circuit. In 2017, the show's intentional boutique design is here to stay; as promoters aim to increase the number of buyers for each artist and secure brisk sales. Join us as this show takes root and grows along with the city of Denver!
- Top of the Town - Best First Date, 5280 Magazine, 2015
- #4 - Classic and Contemporary Craft, Sunshine Artist Magazine, 2016
"I thought this show was fabulous! The organization and communication were top-notch, and the location couldn't be beat. Equally important, the hospitality was about the best I've experienced!" - Jeweler 2016
Set-up: Friday, July 28. Primary set-up is from 3-7, with two 'Early Bird Load-In' options occuring. See 'set-up' section for full details!
On Saturday morning, finishing touches are permitted from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Show: Saturday, July 30th from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Sunday, July 31st from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Other Important Dates:
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Jury Notification: March 17, 2017
Deadline to Accept Invitation and Purchase Space: April 1 (Failure to accept invitation and make payment through Zapp or by check by April 15th will result in automatic change of status from 'accepted' to 'waitlist'. Payment plans are available.)
Show Location and Layout:
Cheesman Park is set within one of the most affluent, desirable and densely populated areas of central Denver. In 2016, Denver's population growth was among the highest in the United States, giving endless opportunities for a centrally-located show like the Cheesman Park Art Fest to take root and grow with the city. The park is well-known and just minutes from downtown. The south and east sides are bordered by the Denver Botanic Gardens and large-scale historic homes, and the north and west sides are lined with bustling condo complexes... making the park an equally popular oasis for Denver's most established residents as well as young professionals! Artists booths line the park roads, so all booths will be placed on flat asphalt. Artists and attendees have raved about the flow of the layout - booths are placed on one side of the street at a time so that shoppers and patrons can easily browse and shop without the distraction of booths competing across the street.
Event Marketing and Advertising:
Advertising and publicity are top priorities, and we know how important they are when it comes to putting on a successful show for our artists. You are our first customer! To attract quality buyers in the Denver area, our marketing plan includes: TV, newspaper, billboards across the metro area, direct mail, ads in multiple local magazines, email blasts. We also have a tried-and-true grassroots marketing program that includes a large network of neighborhood supporters with yard signs, flyers at local businesses, and a street team that promotes the show in local arts districts. We also host a '1st Friday Art Walk' gallery event to promote the festival.
Reviews, Ratings and Testimonials:
"New to the 200 Best, The Cheesman Park Art Fest in Denver, Colorado made this year's top 5 classic & contemporary show list because of one thing - strong sales." -Sunshine Artist Editor, September issue 2016
"This is, without a doubt, one of the best shows in which to exhibit and sell. I hope to be invited back next year!" - Fine Artist, 2016
Top of the Town 2015: "Best First Date" - 5280 Magazine
"Wow! What a weekend! The Cheesman Park Arts Fest is the first time we have ever sold-out of the truck completely! Frankly, I didn't even know that was a real possibility." - Em's Ice Cream Truck, 2015
"Offers the perfect demographic for a successful art show!" - Photographer, 2014
"These are the best promoters and show managers in the business." -Sunshine Artist Review, 2013
Visit www.dasheventsdenver.com for photos, press and to read additional reviews.
Artists and craftsmen can apply online through ZAPPlication only. Please provide 5 images of work plus one image of booth display for each medium to be represented at the festival. Please include biographical information or a resume so that we may successfully promote you and your artwork through the media. Also include image descriptions and a description of your artistic process if it is not apparent. Pricing is also taken into consideration when judging marketability. Note: This is an arts-only event with no commercial representation permitted. For consideration, application must be received by midnight on February 15, 2017. Results will be released by March 17, 2017.
The jurying committee will review the images of each entrant and select exhibitors based on ranked jury point totals using scoring of 1 (low) to 7 (high). The following criteria will be taken into consideration: quality of work, mastery of medium, originality, artistic design, focus, marketability and booth display. Work exhibited must be consistent with that shown in images. Booth display photo should accurately represent the work in the category that is being submitted in the images on Zapp. Submit separate entries and jury fees for each category and note in 'booth comments' that you are jurying for two categories but only ordering one booth. The artist who created the work must be present at the show. No buy sell allowed, no imports.
Works may incorporate some commercially produced parts, such as a necklace chain or a picture frame, but the work’s design and execution must be primarily the product of the exhibiting artist’s skill. *Jewelry Applicants -please note: Strung, beaded jewelry pieces made only of purchased beads or components will no longer qualify for this show. Jewelry applicants must use their own skills and techniques to create the primary component(s) used in their finished piece. Any artist who has applied for a different medium but wants to also jury for jewelry must also send in separate images of jewelry and be juried in, to be allowed to sell it at the show.
Categories are limited. Once each category is full, an alternate list will be compiled, and exhibitors on the wait list will be offered spaces as they become available.
For each medium to be displayed, all applicants must submit 5 digital images representative of the quality and variety of their work, plus a digital image of their booth display. Please include biographical information or a resumé, for our use in promoting you and your artwork through the media. Also include image descriptions and/or a description of the artistic process if it is not apparent. Pricing is also taken into consideration when judging marketability. Note that buy sell will not be tolerated at this show.
Functional items with reproductions of the artist' work on them (art tiles, mugs, etc.) must be submitted for jurying under the separate category of 'reproductions of the artists work' and images of all of the items must be submitted, these items may be grouped together in photos. (Prints or giclees are allowed and do not need to be entered under the reproduction category). These reproduction items may not make up more than 20% of the display space in the booth and cannot include totes, T-shirts, caps, or other clothing items.
Overnight on July 28th and 29th, 3 security officers will patrol the grounds. Security guards will be present any time artwork is present– including during set-up and tear-down. Regardless of the festival's measures taken to prevent theft; it is ultimately the responsibility of the artist to insure their work on an individual basis from theft as well as unexpected weather. So far, there have been no thefts or damages reported at this festival.
Working on an alternative solution for 2017. If we do the same as last year: our designated artist parking lot is at a nearby high school – East High School. A 28 person complimentary commercial shuttle with a professional driver will run in the mornings from East High School to the park, which is approximately a 7 minute drive. The shuttle in the morning runs from 7:30-9, picking up approximately every 20 minutes. In the evenings, two shuttles will run after the show closes! Sunday evening the shuttle will run for 3 hours, so artists may retrieve their vehicle for tear-down whenever it is most convenient. Vehicles may not be brought into the festival site without approval from section leader during tear-down (see set-up and tear-down).
**Dash Events asks that artists do not put this event at risk by parking any vehicles in the neighborhood. Street parking is relied upon by event attendees and neighbors. The neighbors are sensitive to large events. This is the only multi-day event that has been permitted to take place at Cheesman Park - so it's very important that we respect the few requests of the neighborhood associations.
Customer parking is street parking in the neighborhood, and parallel parking along the full north lane of 8th Avenue adjacent to the park. Free bike parking is available. Many attendees walk from surrounding neighborhoods, as the area is highly walkable and populated.
Artists who sign up for either 'Early Bird Load-In' time slots must unload and move their vehicle beyond the festival site within their specified time window. After booths are assigned, an email will be sent prompting sign-ups for time slots, which will be accepted first-come first-served basis with consideration of vehicle size and booth location. This plan is intended to prevent traffic jams in certain booth sections (for example if section D already has 4 sign-ups for Early Bird A, a 5th person would not be confirmed). At the end of an artist's specified time slot, once vehicle is moved, the artist may stay onsite and continue to set up their booth as long as necessary. This set-up plan allows for each artist to pull their vehicles as close to their booths as possible with minimal traffic within the park!
During primary set-up, each vehicle is permitted within the site for 1.5 hours and must move when their load-in is complete.
*Artists who sign up for an early bird time slot and are running late enough or miss their window must check in so another arrival time can be appoved.
Tear-down occurs on July 30th after close at 5p. Artists or booth assistants can take a shuttle to retrieve their vehicles for load-out purposes. Two 28 person shuttles will run every 20 minutes starting at 5. Artists can relax and focus on tear-down and go get their vehicle when they're ready to leave, or may also retrieve their vehicle right away and street park in the neighborhood until they’re ready to load out. Exhibitors are responsible for take-down of booth, general clean-up, and removal of trash from their booth at the end of the day on Sunday.
Vendor vehicles may be street parked in the neighborhood after show hours, but vendors may only pull into the festival site once they are packed and ready to load their vehicle. Around 4:30 on Sunday, artists will meet a volunteer who is their ‘Section Leader’. Each Section Leader is in charge of 12 booths. When an artist has packed up as much of their booth as possible, they can get approval and get a pass from the Section Leader to pull into the site and load their booth. The street will be one way again, as it was during set-up, so everyone must enter from 8th and Williams.
Artists who cancel by June 1st will receive a 50% refund. Artists who cancel between June 2nd and July 1st will receive a 30% refund. From July 2nd to July 22 the refund is reduced to 20%. Cancellations after July 22 will be evaluated individually for any possible refund consideration.
Should a cancellation occur, the space will be filled by an alternate on the waitlist from the same category as the artist that cancelled, or by an alternate from a different category that would be the best fit for that location in the show. Selected alternates will receive a phone call and will be given a window of time to accept or decline the invitation. We do not have a numbered wait list for this show.
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