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Call for Artists: Crested Butte Arts Festival

August 4, 5 & 6
Crested Butte, Colorado
Historic Elk Avenue
165 artists
Deadline: March 3

Application fee: $35; Booth fee: $375 Standard

Sales at this show continue to increase as word spreads about the quality of artists exhibiting after a very competitive jury process. The Crested Butte Arts Festival is gaining national attention and sponsorship and draws a savvy, sophisticated art buying clientele.
The charming and eclectic town of Crested Butte, a National Historic District, is the venue for this outdoor show. Admission and parking are free and entertainment, children's programs, and hands-on workshops are scheduled throughout the weekend. Truly one of the industry's best kept secrets, the Crested Butte Arts Festival must be experienced to be believed!

As a resort community Crested Butte brings in plenty of visitors. Our marketing plan focuses on bringing in the right kind of buyers to the festival. We have focused on new home buyers and property owners in the area, partnering with Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, the CBAF is working on bringing in a new demographic.

"I had my single best day in 23 years of Arts Festivals..."
Thank you for a great festival. I had my best single day in 23 years of Art Festivals on Saturday. You and your staff were a pleasure to work with. I hope to return next year. Richard McCollum 2016 Exhibiting Artist

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Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 17, 2017 at 1:16pm

I have been considering this show, but hotel fees are $200 plus for this area. I haven't completely investigated the situation, but I bet it's really gonna be high expenses because of the hotel costs. I need wheelchair access and pet friendly accommodations. So I might just have to pass. I spoke with someone at the show and they were super friendly and caring. That doesn't help with the expenses. Plus no monetary awards offered.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 17, 2017 at 3:28pm

Those are definitely drawbacks. I do hear good reports on the sales. Richard Sherer always seems to score good accommodations at Colorado shows.

Great to see you here again. Hope your seminar went very well.

Comment by Steve. Apple on February 22, 2017 at 8:24am
Did show a few years ago stayed at the hostel which may accommodate a wheelchair
And it was not bad price wise but call early. Getting there from pix was a bitch. Two day drive first year was ok, 2nd year was down and 3rd year was not worth the drive
Was at tail end of show near kids section and it was terrible, tried to get in for 4th time was rejected. Tried last year again turned down. If you live in co it is out of the way. The picture above is not the crested butte show it looks like the golden show there are houses at the end of the show not a empty field and cb street are stores not a lot of trees
Comment by Connie Mettler on February 22, 2017 at 11:48am

Hey Steve, I think that picture is Crested Butte ... it says so on the barricade. 

Comment by steve appel on February 22, 2017 at 11:53am

so be it,  i am not going back,  like i said my no's went down from the first year i did till the third year.  They kept sending me notes to apply and then rejected.  not me   sticking close to az

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 22, 2017 at 12:22pm

Got it, and understand. Thanks for the info about the accessibility, Steve.

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on February 22, 2017 at 4:27pm

Hiya, Connie. Thanks much for your comments here. The West Coast Art & Frame Expo and The National Conference went super great! What an amazing event it is. I hope to be back there next year, too. I taught two classes and had 20 students in each from four countries! I'm delighted.

And thanks for your comments here, Steve. One detail regarding accessibility is the height of the toilets. If it's not ADA height, that will be a problem. Getting into a place isn't all that is needed. And usually taking a shower is a problem, but I always travel with a hand held shower head and have had to do plenty of my own minor plumbing in some places. Plus I've traveled with a bedside commode, but hey, I need a break from that kind of life sometimes. I prefer having the stuff built into my room.

I've still not investigated the situation, but I'm onto it now since deadlines are rapidly approaching. And I don't like waiting until the last minute to enter a show.


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