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Cherry Creek Arts Festival OPENING GALA for Arts Education

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JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

150 Clayton Lane

Denver, CO 80206

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Denver’s patron event of the season for art education

The Opening Gala benefits the CherryArts 501(c)(3) non-profit mission to support local arts education. The evening is a fabulous art preview and buying reception topped-off with a stunning culinary experience and dinner program.

Proceeds directly support CherryArts arts education programs in Denver area schools. One of our programs is the Mobile Art Gallery, directly reaching 20,000 students annually. Learn more and watch our video here.

The Opening Gala is hosted by the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and is presented by Colorado Business Bank, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and MDC Richmond American Foundation.


2018 Distinguished Patron
VISIT DENVER

The Arts Festival annually honors passionate and dedicated contributors to Denver’s art community, art experiences and art education at the Opening Gala. The Arts Festival also expresses gratitude for contributions that directly support the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and its mission.


Thursday, July 5, 2018
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Artist Preview Reception on Clayton St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Dinner and Program at JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

8:30pm: Depart ballroom and return to 2nd Avenue and Clayton Street

8:45pm: Gala after-party, dessert and street performance at 2nd Avenue and Clayton

7:00pm—10:00pm Artist Preview on Clayton St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave. – FREE PUBLIC EVENT


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Artist Preview Reception: Outdoors on Cherry Creek North’s Clayton Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Guests start their evening with a private reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, complimentary spirited beverages and a preview and purchase opportunity with 40 select CCAF juried visual artists.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. JW Marriott Denver’s Grand Ballroom: A truly grand gourmet culinary experience prepared by the JW’s Executive Chef paired with select wines. The dinner program includes the “Distinguished Patron” Honoree and special programming and performance art.

8:45 p.m. - DON'T MISS the Gala after-party that starts with dessert and the incredible street performance happening at 8:45pm in the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Clayton Street (where Gala check-in takes place.)

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Artist Preview Event – FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The Opening Night evening continues on Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Cherry Creek North. This is an incredible evening opportunity to get a “sneak peek” at 40 of the 260 juried visual artists exhibiting at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The rest of the festival site opens the next morning, Saturday, July 1 and continues Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3.

ATTIRE: Business / Dressy Casual, Creative Cocktail (no formal attire)

OPENING GALA PACKAGES:

1) Corporate Tables of 10: $1,950
2) Individuals: $205

All gala attendees receive:

  • Kickoff Party Invitation (June 5, 2018: Location sent via invite upon purchase)
  • Opening Gala July 5: free parking, exclusive Artist Preview reception, gourmet plated and seated dinner program at the JW Marriott Cherry Creek.
  • Festival VIP Club access on-site during festival: July 6, 7, 8 (Daily complimentary lunch and sponsored beverages, snacks and luxury accommodations located at the JW Marriott)
  • Complimentary admission, Artist Awards Reception
  • Complimentary Valet Parking at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, each day of the festival (Gala has separate free parking)
  • Complimentary CCAF Commemorative Limited Edition Poster, signed and numbered by the artist. Framing available through Official Framer, Frame de Art
  • 1-year subscription to Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

STRONGLY ENCOURAGED: Please arrive at the Opening Gala Artist Preview Reception promptly at 5:00pm to take full advantage of your exclusive art preview and purchasing experience.

PARKING: Complimentary parking for the Gala night is available from 5:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. at the Clayton Lane Parking Garage at 2nd and Columbine. Gala Patrons and VIPs enjoy complimentary Valet Parking during the Arts Festival weekend at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center entrance on 1st Avenue.

The Opening Gala benefits the CherryArts 501(c)(3) non-profit mission to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado. Along with the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival and CherryArts Festival at Stanley, CherryArts fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs including the Mobile Art Gallery, Artist in Residence programs and the Janus Student Art Buying Program. Contributions in excess of $55 per reservation are fully tax deductible.

Bubbles & Bites: FREE EVENT: Saturday July 7, 2018, 8:30am-10:30am, Cherry Creek North Art Galleries

stART your festival experience with a tour of the Cherry Creek Arts District with bubbles and light snacks! Admission is free, just like the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and once your tour is complete, you can continue your art experience with a visit to the festival, which begins 10:00am each day of the weekend.


Congratulations to our 2018 featured Gala Artists:

First Name Last Name Discipline

Cort Anderson, Photography
Dennis Angel, Drawing
Carla Bank, Painting
Beth Bojarski Painting
Kristine Bolhuis, Jewelry
Mark Brown, Painting
Jennifer Cavan, Drawing
Rey D’Alfonso, Painting
Patricia DeLeon-Alfonso, Painting
Hannah Dreiss & Nemo, Metalworks
Matt Estrada, Wood
Betsy Giberson, Fiber
Miles Glynn, Photography
Melodie Grace, Ceramics
Joseph Graci, Wood
Stephen Harmston, Printmaking
Jenny Henley, Mixed Media
Steve Jones, Mixed Media
Lisa Telling, Kattenbrake Fiber
William Kidd, Ceramics
Nick Leonoff, Glass
Linda Lewis, Ceramics
Jera Lodge, Jewelry
Jessica Magee, Painting
Lauren Markley, Jewelry
Kelly Marshall, Fiber
Brice McCasland, Mixed Media
Jennifer McCurdy, Ceramics
Alice McLean, Metalworks
Igor Menaker, Photography
Nikki Nation, Jewelry
Randy O’Brien, Ceramics
Ed Pribyl, Sculpture
Ella Richards, Mixed Media
Caitie Sellers, Jewelry
Cheryl Mackey Smith, Ceramics
Seth Smith, Painting
Elliot Stith, Wood
Daryl Thetford, Digital Art
Greg Turco, Photography
Mark Winter, Sculpture
Glenn Woods, Ceramics


THANK YOU SPONSORS

Janus Henderson Investors presents the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival officially sponsored by Arrow Electronics and Your Hometown Toyota Stores. Associate sponsors are Blue Moon Brewing Company, Cherry Creek North, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Frame de Art, Glenfiddich Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Monkey Shoulder, Room & Board, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and Xfinity. They are joined by Associate Media Sponsors, 9NEWS, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Mountain Living, ColoradoBiz Magazine, The Denver Post Community, Alice 105.9, 99.5 The Mountain, Comedy 103.1, Crusin’ 1430 AM and KS 107.5. Supporting Sponsors include Collector’s Specialty Woods, Happy Llama Inc., Levitt Pavilion Denver, Pepsi and Tru>Fit Athletic Clubs Colorado. Contributing Sponsors include Blake Communications, Colorado Business Bank, Creative Law Network, Halcyon Hotel, John Atencio, the MDC Foundation, Meow Wolf, Moxy Denver Cherry Creek, Stanley Marketplace and Volution Media.




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