July 1

10AM - 8PM

July 2

10AM - 8PM

July 3

10AM - 6PM

Opening Gala

You’re invited!


Denver’s art patron event of the season
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NOTE: GALA TICKET SALES CLOSE 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Friday, July 1, 2016
5:00pm – 7:00pm Artist Preview and Purchase private reception on Clayton St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave.
7:00pm – 9:00pm Gala Dinner and Program at JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
7:00pm—10:00pm Artist Preview on Clayton St between 2nd and 3rd Ave. – FREE PUBLIC EVENT

The Opening Gala benefits the CherryArts 501(c)(3) non-profit mission of providing access to the arts and supporting education. The evening is a fabulous art preview and buying reception topped-off with a stunning culinary experience and dinner program.

2016 Distinguished Patron

Mary Louise Lee, First Lady of Denver

The Arts Festival annually honors passionate and dedicated contributors to Denver’s art community, art experiences and art education at the Opening Gala. The Arts Festival also expresses gratitude for contributions that directly support the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and its mission.


5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Artist Preview Reception: Outdoors on Cherry Creek North’s Clayton Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Guests start their evening with a private reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, complimentary spirited beverages and an exclusive preview and purchase opportunity with 28 select CCAF juried visual artists.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. JW Marriott Denver’s Grand Ballroom: A truly grand gourmet culinary experience prepared by the JW’s Executive Chef paired with select wines. The dinner program includes the “Distinguished Patron” Honoree and special programming and performance art.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Artist Preview Event – FREE PUBLIC EVENT: The Opening Night evening continues on Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Cherry Creek North. This is an incredible evening opportunity to get a “sneak peek” at 28 of the 260 juried visual artists exhibiting at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The rest of the festival site opens the next morning, Saturday, July 2 and continues Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4.

ATTIRE: Business / Dressy Casual, Cocktail Fabulous (no formal attire)

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1) Corporate Tables of 10: $2,100
2) Individuals: $225

All gala attendees receive:

  • Kickoff Party Invitation (June 7, 2016: Location sent via invite upon purchase)
  • Opening Gala July 1: free parking, exclusive Artist Preview reception, gourmet plated and seated dinner program at the JW Marriott.
  • Festival VIP Club access on-site during festival: July 2, 3, 4, 2016 (Daily complimentary lunch and sponsored beverages, snacks and luxury accommodations located at the JW Marriott)
  • Complimentary admission, Artist Awards Reception
  • Complimentary Valet Parking at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, each day of the festival (Gala has separate free parking)
  • Complimentary CCAF Commemorative Limited Edition Poster, signed and numbered by the artist. Framing available through Official Framer, Frame de Art
  • 1-year subscription to Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

Special Thanks:

STRONGLY ENCOURAGED: Please arrive at the Opening Gala Artist Preview Reception promptly at 5:00pm to take full advantage of your exclusive art preview and purchasing experience.

PARKING: Complimentary parking for the Gala night is available from 5:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. at the Clayton Lane Parking Garage at 2nd and Columbine. Gala Patrons and VIPs enjoy complimentary Valet Parking during the Arts Festival weekend at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center entrance on 1st Avenue.

The Opening Gala benefits the CherryArts 501(c)(3) non-profit mission of providing access to the arts and supporting education, which include the “Janus Mobile Art Gallery”, “Janus Student Art Buying Program”, and “Arts in Action.” Contributions in excess of $55 per reservation are fully tax deductible.

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Congratulations to the selected artists:

Blaies, Pamela Painting
Bogucki, Bozenna and Lukasz Metalworks
Brem, Jerry Painting
Buchanan, Ashley Jewelry
Charney, Anna Mixed Media
Chunhaswasdikul, Paveen ‘Beer’ Ceramics
Estrada, Matt Wood
Fasani, Ruben Sculpture
Finelli, Melissa Jewelry
Floyd, James Mixed Media
Gandolfo, Steven Glass
Gates, Robin Painting
Haruta, Chia Printmaking
Holloway, Barbara Fiber
Kidd, William Ceramics
Kvande, Ryan Sculpture
LaGrave, Dawn Digital Art
Leibrant, Vernon and Karen Wood
Lemke, William Photography
Leonoff, Nick Glass
Marshall, Kelly Fiber
McCurdy, Jennifer Ceramics
McKee, Michael Drawing
O’Brien, Randy Ceramics
Richards, Ella Mixed Media
Ross, Kathy Mixed Media
Taylor, Tres Mixed Media
Whipple, John Sculpture
Whipple, Lynn Mixed Media
Yang, Genevieve Jewelry