Arvada Center launches Arts and Ales Festival

Outdoor event features local brewers, artists, music, food

Posted 9/5/17

The sculpture field at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities will be the site of the new Arts and Ales Festival scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17.

“We’re so excited to be able to launch this fun new event for the community — and our …

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Arvada Center launches Arts and Ales Festival

Outdoor event features local brewers, artists, music, food

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The sculpture field at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities will be the site of the new Arts and Ales Festival scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17.

“We’re so excited to be able to launch this fun new event for the community — and our sculpture field is the perfect location,” said Philip C. Sneed, Arvada Center’s executive director. “Attendees can sample great local beer and food, pick up some quality local art from the artists’ booths, and also check out some of Colorado’s best outdoor sculpture — all in a family-friendly environment with activities for the kids.”

The two-day festival will feature ongoing entertainment and activities, including live painting demos from local artists, art booths and main stage entertainment throughout each day.

Musical entertainment will include Avifauna, Ethyl and the Regulars, Wild Mountain Greengrass and The Beloved Invaders.

Local brewers including Odyssey Beerwerks, Grand Lake Brewing, Kokopelli Beer Company, Spice Trade Brewing, SomePlace Else Brewery, Liquid Mechanics Brewing, and New Image Brewing will be offering samples for those age 21 and over who have purchased a souvenir beer mug or beer taste tickets.

“We’re excited to be able to provide beer for the community and get people excited about New Image Brewing,” said New Image co-owner Sean Fisher.

New Image will bring two specialty beers with them: Dyad, a saison blended with Rowdy Mermaid kombucha; and East Coast Transplant, a double Indian pale ale.

The event is a fundraiser for the Arvada Center and will help support all operating programs including performing arts, educational programs and the fine art galleries, which primarily feature Colorado artists and are free and open to the public.

For many years, the center held a holiday craft fair, which helped raise funds. Collin Parson, director of galleries and curator at the Arvada Center, said that in some ways, the new event will make up for revenues lost by the absence of that event.

In its 40th year, the Arvada Center is now a private nonprofit organization with the majority of its funds coming from ticket sales. While not under the operation of the city of Arvada anymore, the city, Parson said, is still a big donor. Other funding for the center comes from grants including one from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

The event will feature more than 20 art vendors ranging in medium from jewelry-making and metalsmithing to glassware and ceramics and fine art painting.

One artist who will be showcasing her work is Arvada resident Pamela McCann, who specializes in fused glass. In her home studio, McCann creates a range of art pieces including large bowls, jewelry and wall art. Prior to working with fused glass, McCann worked with stained glass.

She shows her work regularly at the Lightrail Gallery in Olde Town Arvada.

Parson said the prospect of combining beer and art, two of his favorite things, is exciting because it has the potential to draw a new set of people to the center.

“I think it’s going to be a really fun event,” said Parson. “Drinking beer, checking out great art and listening to music… it crosses all by boxes off.”

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