Eagle ARTwalks returns this Friday

The first ARTwalk of the season will be an in-gallery event, where artists will exhibit their work at local businesses in downtown Eagle.
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Spring is here, and with warm weather and flowers, it’s the return of Eagle ARTWalks to downtown Eagle. The first ARTWalk of the season will take place this Friday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m. and will feature over a dozen local artists.

Eagle ARTWalks take place on the second Friday of each month from April through December. The events are designed to give exposure to local artists while bringing the community together around art, music and food.

The first ARTWalk of the 2022 season will be a gallery event, where local downtown Eagle businesses will host artists and exhibit their work indoors. More than a dozen artists are currently registered for this week’s event, showcasing a wide variety of styles, including ceramics, jewelry, knit and sewing products, paintings, photography and Moreover. During the months of May, July and September, ARTWalks move onto Broadway Street, which is closed to make way for individual vendor booths and performing artists.

Tara Novak is the Program Director of EagleARTS, a local non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life in Eagle through the development of arts and culture. Eagle ARTWalks was the first initiative undertaken by the organization in 2018, and it has grown steadily every year since.

Eagle ARTWalks turns into a closed street festival during the months of May, July and September.
EagleARTS/Courtesy Photo

“We feel like we’re bringing value to our community by providing that connection for artists so they can support themselves, have great business, and be able to connect with the community,” Novak said. “We started in 2018 with just a few spaces, and now it has grown to the end of the street, with between 12 and 15 companies, on average, taking part and the festival events will have at least 50, if not more. , sellers of various types.

Artists interested in showing their work at future ARTWalk events are invited to apply online at EagleArts.org. Novak said they seek to include as much diversity in the products as possible, while emphasizing local artisans.

“We don’t want eight different people doing the same type of art, whether it’s photography or jewelry, mala beads, things like that,” Novak said. “We want to make sure it’s diverse and we have a good range of different types of art, and then we can organize them on the street so they’re not all on top of each other.”

More than a dozen artists are registered for this week’s event, showcasing a wide variety of styles, including ceramics, jewelry, knitting and sewing, paintings, photography and more again.
EagleARTS/Courtesy Photo

Natalie Chudacoff is the owner of The Knitten Cat, and this is her second year at the Eagle ARTWalks. Chudacoff sells hand-spun and dyed wool and yarn, and said ARTWalks allowed her to reach out to a wider customer base and tap into the local arts community.

“I love this event because I’m new to the world of art sales and they’re so welcoming and supportive,” Chudacoff said. “It was also great to meet and connect with other local artists to share ideas and opportunities.”

Local artists are given priority in the application process, but Novak said anyone interested is welcome to apply.

“If you’re from somewhere else and want to step in, you can apply and see if you qualify,” Novak said. “We prefer it to be regional in Colorado, and it should all be done by you, the artist. We want it to be authentic and truly handmade.

Companies can also apply to host an artist as part of the gallery-format ARTWalks, which will take place in June, August, October, November and December. As host, the company is committed to exhibiting the artist’s work in its space during this month’s walk. They are paired with an artist at the start of each ARTwalk week and put in touch to organize the installation. Novak said these partnerships are a great opportunity to bring foot traffic to the local store while building community relationships and exposure to local artists.

“Companies are really looking forward to it because it’s one of their best nights of the month,” Novak said. “It’s just a really good connection that’s a bit different from what we normally see in the Valley.”

Novak said they are also looking to partner with local performance artists of all types to do live shows during ARTWalks. In the past, organizations like More2Dance, Bravo! Vail and PLAY aerobatics performed for gallery and street events, as well as a number of local bands and individual musicians. Anyone interested in performing during the rides can apply through the EagleARTs website.

PLAY aerobatics by Minturn performs at one of the closed street ARTwalk events. Performance artists are encouraged to apply for upcoming event dates.
EagleARTS/Courtesy Photo

All artists, vendors and companies are also listed in the mobile application “Grandstand-Events and Guides” under the title “EagleARTS ARTwalk”. The app is free for everyone and can provide up-to-date information on monthly events. The next Eagle ARTWalk will take place on Friday, May 13 and will be an outdoor, enclosed street art festival.

Community members are invited to come to Eagle this Friday at 5 p.m. to see the latest creations the local arts community has to share.

“I have butterflies in my stomach that go in there a bit,” Novak said. ” It’s really important. It keeps the spirit of the community alive and people looking forward to seeing the new creations.

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