Glenwood Arts Festival brings handcrafted artwork to Bethel Plaza |

Glenwood Arts Festival brings handcrafted artwork to Bethel Plaza

Boulder-based nonprofit organizes Memorial Day Weekend event with live music

More than 60 art vendors are scheduled to offer their wares Saturday, Sunday and Monday beneath the Grand Avenue Bridge as part of the Glenwood Arts Festival.

Organized by Colorado Events, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization specializing in art festivals since 2002, the Glenwood Arts Festival provides residents and visitors an opportunity to browse hand-crafted artwork in Bethel Plaza during Memorial Day Weekend, Colorado Events Executive Director Steve Wallis said.

“Last year was our first Glenwood Arts Festival,” Wallis added. “We had a really good turnout, and we’re looking forward to returning this year.”

Free and open to the public, the Arts Festival’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

In 2021, the event brought in about 55 art vendors; this year, Wallis said about 65 vendors are scheduled to attend the festival.

“It’s a juried art show, meaning all the artists are vetted by a three-panel jury,” Wallis said. “We bring in a mix of local artists with a majority of our artists being from Colorado as well as a few from across the nation.”

Artwork on display can range from paintings and jewelry to wrought iron and pottery — all handcrafted — Wallis said.

Live music is also scheduled for the event, with Aspen musician Dan Sheridan slated to play Saturday and Cara Elizabeth, of Louisville, scheduled for Sunday.

“It should be a really good time,” Wallis said. “I live in Boulder, but I’ve always loved Glenwood Springs. The people have a deep appreciation of art.”

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