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Call for Artists: Salida Arts Festival

June 30-July 1
Salida, Colorado 
Presented By: Jerry Scavezze
80 Artists
Deadline: April 26

Application Fee: $30 
Booth Fee: $330; Corner Booth: +$75; Electricity  $50

The "Salida Arts Fair" is one of the premier arts destinations in Colorado. Salida was rated #30 in John Villani's book "The 100 best art towns in America". The festival is located on, and visible from one of the major east/west highways in the state. Over 15,000 cars a day drive right by the show site. It is also located adjacent to the Salida Aquatic Center, a natural hot springs swimming pool, a major draw in the Salida area.
The Arts Fair is run by and for artists. Jerry Scavezze has done (and is still actively doing) shows for over 20 years. He understands the needs of artists and the importance of a shows location. The show will be limited to 100 juried artists. There will be no amplified music or liquor. Based on suggestions by artist from last year, we are working on having a couple of upscale food trucks, and maybe some unamplified tunes (jug band) and/or wandering local musicians.

The show is all about 2D and 3D art. It is promoted and managed by artists with more than 50 years experience participating in juried art festivals.


We are committed to major and wide-spread advertising in print, social media and airwaves. The County Visitors Bureau and Salida Chamber of Commerce are promoting the event as well. We plan to spend over $5,000 in communities within a 2 hour drive of Salida that already either already have established shows, or a established community of art patrons. We do a combination of print, radio (public radio) and internet.

Salida is 80 miles from Breckenridge and 140 miles from Denver/Cherry Creek. The show is in the height of the tourist season in the Upper Arkansas Valley. The town typically draws thousands of destination tourists in the summer and they all will drive past the show location. There are restaurants in the area and motels in the immediate vicinity.

Artist Amenities: 
  • Artist Meet & Greet - Saturday Night - Pizza, Adult Beverages, live Music at our very own Gallery 150.
  • Rolls & Coffee/Tea -in the Morning
  • Water & Water Bottles - Water delivered all day to help alleviate our dry       Colorado climate.
  • Night Security, Booth Sitters

More Information:
Contact: Jerry Scavezze   (719) 539-2971

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Comment by judy hoch on April 11, 2018 at 12:07pm

This is a wonderful show. It is not large, but the money is here. I did very well last year and hope to do so again this year. It is a welcome change from the giant, all for the promoter, none for the artist, situations that we all experience. I was very pleasantly surprised that I could do easily 10x the booth fee, actually quite a bit more. And Salida is a nice place in the summer - not hot. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 16, 2018 at 7:33am

Thanks for the report, Judy. Usually when an art fair is organized and run by "one of us", an exhibiting artist, this is what you get. I hope you get in again this year.


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