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DENVER - On July 4, 5 and 6, art will come to life on the streets of Cherry Creek North with the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

With hundreds of artists bringing unique expressions to the festival site, patrons benefit from engaging cultural and arts education experiences. This year is no exception, with an exciting line-up of exhibiting artists and other features.

Exhibiting Artists

This year's Arts Festival will feature 250 national and international artists in 13 media categories, offering something for everyone. Eighty-one artists are first-time exhibitors, and 34 exhibitors are from Colorado, providing an opportunity to highlight the local art community. The Arts Festival continues to support emerging artists, with eight exhibitors in the emerging program on site this year. The artists were chosen in a blind-jury process from over 2,000 artist applications, making CCAF one of the most competitive art shows in the nation.

On July 4, 5 and 6, art will come to life on the streets of Cherry Creek North with the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

2014 Commemorative Poster

Chicago resident Dolan Geiman is the artist behind the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival commemorative poster, "Colorado Blue Jay."

Discussing his inspiration for the piece, the Blue Jay, Geiman said, "In Colorado, it is surely one of the most beautiful, its beauty rivaled only by the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. The intricacy of the piece and brilliance of the bird reflects the ways the Arts Festival brings art to life over the 4th of July weekend."

This posters are available for purchase at the Cherry Creek Art Shop. Patrons are encouraged to buy posters, t-shirts and other merchandise to take home a piece of the art.

On July 4, 5 and 6, art will come to life on the streets of Cherry Creek North with the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

Opening Day Bike Parade with Mayor Michael B. Hancock

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will kick off at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4 at the Bike Corral at 2nd Avenue and Steele Street with an inaugural Bike Parade & Opening Day Ceremony led by Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Families are invited to come dressed in patriotic attire with decorated bikes. Mayor Hancock will lead the bike parade through the streets of Cherry Creek North and end at 10 a.m. at the Main Stage at the Blue Moon Beer Garden on St. Paul Street, where he will choose the Most Patriotic Festival Patron. For more information and to RSVP, visithttp://2014BikeParade.Eventbrite.com.

Janus Student Art Buying Program

The Janus Student Art Buying Program encourages students to explore art in school and provides them with a hands-on art-buying experience at the Festival where they get the chance to purchase artwork for permanent installation at their school. Four schools also are given the opportunity to purchase art for the Mobile Art Gallery, which travels to public schools, libraries, and community centers across the state.

New this year, the Janus Student Art Buying Showcase will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Janus Art Experience tent on Fillmore near 2nd Avenue.

Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is partnering with 2014 Festival Presenting Sponsor Arrow Electronics in the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, an international challenge to inspire artists to take the concept of innovation and express what five years out looks like in the art world, translating ideas into their artistic medium. Through a competitive and collaborative selection process, a jury of national artists and art professionals chose seven finalists out of a competitive pool of artists. Each finalist received a $5,000 commission to create a forward-thinking piece to be displayed at the 2014 Arts Festival, July 4, 5 and 6.

On Friday, June 20, the jury selected Betsy Younquist as the winner of the Innovation Award. Youngquist will be granted a $10,000 prize and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2015 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. All seven of the pieces will become part of the innovative collection of artwork at Arrow and may be featured in a global ad series and in offices around the world.

This year's Arrow Innovator's Club Performance Stage will feature captivating and creative performance art. There will be 19 performances throughout the weekend, featuring a variety of musicians, acrobatics and comedic circus acts, performed every hour at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Detroit.

Find out more about the festival here: https://www.cherryarts.org/.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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