Art in Castle Rock – Don’t miss the Artfest!

Art in Castle Rock

Don’t miss the Artfest!

Artists, art enthusiasts and those looking for a way to add a little color to their weekend be sure to make plans to experience the Castle Rock Artfest. Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, the Outlets at Castle Rock becomes the biggest creative outlet around with more than 170 exhibitors showcasing everything from life-size sculptures, to photography and jewelry and every other medium in between. In addition to the artists from all over the country displaying and selling their works, Artfest will have live, main stage entertainment all weekend as well as strolling entertainers, the Artfest Store, a silent auction and the Imagination Zone for those little, budding artists. Food and beverage vendors will also be on hand. The cost is just $5 for adults and $3 for seniors; children 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Military and First Responders and their immediate families will also be admitted for free (with ID.)

New this year is the Rock After Dark VIP Event. Ticketholders to this special addition will be able to enjoy Artfest after hours, on Saturday from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Rock After Dark will feature live music, food and more to enjoy.

This year’s featured artist is Nick Lucey, who specializes in fine art landscapes and commercial photography. Nick got his start as a journalist working as a combat correspondent in the US Marine Corps in the 1980’s. After his 5 year tour was finished, he moved to Savannah, where he worked at Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine, eventually becoming Editor at Large. His assignments took him all over the world, including exotic locales such as Borneo, Egypt, Japan, the Maldives, Micronesia and nearly every island in the Caribbean. Nick has completed thousands of dives and his photographs have been published in magazines all over the world. Nearly 10 years ago, he co-founded LiquidAssests.tv and has spent the last three years filming “Into the Drink,” which premiered on MAVTV in April 2014. In May of 2014, he moved to Colorado and set up his office and studio in Downtown Castle Rock. Nick is a very active member of the community with the Chamber of Commerce’s Government Interest Committee, as well as serving on the Board of the Castle Rock Chamber and Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation. For more about Nick Lucey and his work, visit NickLucey.com.

In hopes of forging a lasting legacy from Artfest, event hosts The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce has created a Community Art Fund to both encourage and financially support large-scale, outdoor art installations for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Pieces include “Freedom’s Keeper” by Bill Hueg, which stands in Veterans Plaza and “JAX” by Janene Dirico-Cable. Jax is a monument dedicated to Police Dogs and was created in the likeness of Jax, who served Castle Rock from 2002-2008. This piece can be seen at the Castle Rock Police Station. Most recently, a new 9/11 Monument was erected outside the CRFD Local 4116 Headquarters. It is comprised of a tall piece of contorted, rusted steel pipe, which is a portion of pipe from the fallen World Trade Center. The steel rests on a pedestal of locally-quarried rhyolite.

Help keep art alive and join the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and artists from around the country in what will surely be a weekend filled with wonder at the 27th Annual Artfest.

Artfest will be held at the Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Rd. Shuttle Service parking will be available at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Respectfully, no pets allowed at this event.

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