Babe Walls, a mural festival dedicated celebrating to women and non-binary artists, is returning to the West Metro area for its second annual installment — this time, with an exhibition at Arvada's …
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Babe Walls, a mural festival dedicated celebrating to women and non-binary artists, is returning to the West Metro area for its second annual installment — this time, with an exhibition at Arvada's Ralston Creek Trail. The festival will be held from July 15 to July 18, with artists working from sunup to sundown, according to Babe Walls founder Alexandrea Pangburn.
The festival is open to the public and free to attend. Pangburn added that artists who will be participating in this year's edition of Babe Walls — including Arvada artists Cam Palo, Coco Jenkins and Jahna Church — will have their work showcased at an exhibit at Balefire Goods in Olde Town beginning on July 16, at 6 p.m. that will feature food and drinks on opening night.
The mural festival was hosted in Westminster last year and saw muralists create artwork on buildings with the permission of local business owners.
Pangburn said that after the success of last year's event, more artists and sponsors reached out to her to be a part of this year's edition.
“Surprisingly to us,” said Pangburn, “a mural festival here to support specifically women and non-binary folks, we really hit a nerve with not only the local community, but the national and international community as well. We've had this outpouring of support and just reached a lot of people that have reached out to us and wanted to be a part in some capacity, which has really been amazing.”
Pangburn added that the event's focus on providing an outlet for women and non-binary folks to exhibit their art has proved to be a necessary addition to the local art scene.
“I noticed that the representation of women and non-binary people was low if at all,” said Pangburn, “and I just don't think I really understood why that was happening. And then talking to more women, they just never really were given this opportunity. Whether their applications are being overlooked or whether it was just all about supporting people's friends or whatever it was, there just wasn't that representation for women.
“So,” Pangburn continued, “I originally just wanted to do this as a one-time event where we all just got together and did a festival, and then we started creating it and really found that there was a need for something like this.”
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