We were bummed (but not surprised) when the annual Affordable Arts Festival was canceled. It’s unlike any arts fest you have attended — all of the art is priced at $100 or less. So we can’t tell you how over-the-moon we were to hear that the event lives on this year, albeit online.
The new plan is to move to a virtual format, with the sale running from Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25. Instead of standing in line at Arapahoe Community College, you stand by on your computer to race in and find bargains.
This is the Black Friday of art sales with more than 70 artists selling their works in a variety of mediums at amazing prices.
Artists offer a selection of great deals, along with pieces that are normally priced under $100. Don’t let the price fool you. This is fine art at great prices.
How amazing are the discounts? The best deal is a $5,000 piece selling for $100 bucks.
You’ll find paintings and mixed media, jewelry, glass, fiberworks, photography, metal work, sculpture, ceramics and wood. From the whimsical to the functional to the simply-gotta-have-it, there’s art for all tastes.
Here’s how it works:
Patrons will pay $10 to get into the site, which will go live on September 23 at 7 a.m. Here’s a link to buy tickets.
Once you have paid, you’ll receive a link to a special page that will starting working at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
It will have the 70 artists broken out into their particular genre and there will be three samples of their work, a link to their site, a link to their email perhaps a phone number if the artist chooses to share that.
You can then check out each artist they like and if you want to buy you will deal with the artist directly. All art is $100 or less, but this year there will be shipping charges on most items, though some local artists will allow pickup at their studios.
Since all of the artists will be doing things a little differently it’s hard to say more about that process.
The sale will last through 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25.
The proceeds from the admission fee will once again go to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation. To date, the Festival has raised more than $133,000 for scholarships.