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WHO WON THE AWARDS? Cherry Creek Art Festival 2017

I think the Cherry Creek Art Festival probably gets more applications than just about any other show. Why?

  1. The 4th of July weekend doesn't have very many shows so not a lot of competition
  2. There is a mystique about it that makes artists decide at the last minute, "why not give it a try? Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
  3. It is held right smack in the middle of the country and artists from both sides of the nation apply

This list of prizewinners gives you a good idea of the competition. Congratulations to them! 

  • Best of Show: Suzanne Schmid, jewelry
  • 2nd Place: Scott Hildebrandt, mixed media
  • 3rd Place: Heinrich Toh, printmaking
  • Merit Awards:
    David Burton, mixed media
    Aaron Hequembourg, mixed media
    David Kammerzell, painting
    Brice McCasland, mixed media
    Tony Ortega, printmaking
  • Juror’s Award: Brian Blackham, painting
  • Juror’s Award: Adam Crowell, wood
  • Juror’s Award: Christopher Wagner, sculpture                                                           

Click here to view the 2017 artist award winners! 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on July 13, 2017 at 9:45pm

It appraises very well on Antiques Roadshow I know that. Very strange all the photogs getting the awards at Des Moines. And when you think of all the amazing glass you see at the shows, this is surprising also. And now I know I've not been to too many shows for too long. The only person I know on this list is Aaron Hequembourg. 

It is an ego thing and it is a $$ thing. We did first year at CC and it was pretty good. A few years later we did first year at Arts, Beats & Eats. We did double the money we did first year at CC, but I have to admit CC has done a better job at maintaining itself as a first rate show.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on July 13, 2017 at 7:18pm

Getting into Cherry Creek is an ego thing. It feels really good to get in. Like Ann Arbor and Coconut Grove, it lives off its reputation, not to same degree, but, still it isn't quite the show it was in the beginning. It was the best first year show in the history of art fairs.

If you notice, there is no glass or clay award winners much like Des Moines. I can tell you that the clay and glass was first rate. I can't speak for glass, but, clay does not get any respect in the US. In Asia and to a lesser extent Europe, clay sells way better than here. When I first started doing art fairs clay was the best selling medium and won more than its share of awards.

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