The 16th annual Handmade in Colorado exhibition is a juried event that celebrates some of the best contemporary art and craftsmanship in Colorado. Featuring a wide range of independent designers, the event will offer original handmade products with a variety of media, such as metals, paper, glass, fibers, food, manufactured objects, clay, paint, wax, gemstones and more. All works sold will be created by emerging and experienced Colorado artisans. This event is designed for Locavores residents, who will only find items manufactured in Colorado sold by exhibitors who will interact directly with their customers. This event has free admission and great live local music.
It's a 9-day celebration of local art taking place over 4 incredible weekends in Estes Park, downtown Denver, Glenwood Springs and Vail Village. In addition to the exhibition, Art Lives Here also organizes artistic creation workshops, creativity kits and professional development for the public. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department also designed creativity kits with local artists who explored the themes of these exhibitions. These kits, aimed at English and Spanish-speaking audiences, provided access to art material for schools and community centers that serve elementary and secondary school children and families in the metropolitan area. The oldest organization is the Denver Art Museum, which had its origins in the Denver Artists Club founded in 1893. Albert Bancroft was the leader of the Denver Artists' Guild organization in 1928 with assistance from two other prominent Denver artists: Dean Babcock and David Spivak. The Denver Artists Club was an organization of Colorado artists dedicated to increasing public awareness of local artists' offerings and informing the public about what's new in the world of art nationally and internationally.
The Guild was renamed the Colorado Artists Guild in 1990 to better describe its area of activity and is the second oldest artist organization in Colorado. Showing appreciation for local artisans is a great way to support their creativity. The Handmade in Colorado exhibition provides an opportunity for locals to purchase unique handmade products from emerging and experienced Colorado artisans. In addition to this event, Art Lives Here also offers artistic creation workshops, creativity kits and professional development for the public. With these initiatives, local artists can promote their work while providing access to art material for schools and community centers.