On Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the West Washington Park neighborhood, the Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) will host the 28th annual Summer Art Market (SAM), presented by Meininger Art Supply. The event features nearly 100 visual artist booths, artist demonstrations, kidART programming and food and beverage vendors.
Summer Art Market, held between E. 1st Avenue and E. 4th Avenue and between Logan Street and Sherman Street, features a range of media, including ceramics, fiber arts, mixed media/book art, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, jewelry and sculpture. High-quality artwork from ASLD faculty and students is available for sale. The event includes six first-time exhibitors.
“We are thrilled to have Summer Art Market return in 2021, after canceling last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tessa Crisman, ASLD’s communications specialist. “SAM is ASLD’s largest event, showcasing the work of our incredible artist community and inviting individuals to connect with the artists and discover all that ASLD has to offer. We invite the public to join us in this celebratory, art-filled event to support local artists and build a personal art collection.”
Tickets cost $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged through the ASLD website, beginning Aug. 1. Following a challenging 2020, including canceling the annual SAM event, the ticket cost supports ASLD’s continued mission to provide an inclusive art community where professional artists guide individuals of all abilities to reach their highest potential.
Throughout the event weekend, families can partake in kidART workshops, sponsored by PNC Bank. With the guidance of ASLD faculty, young artists are invited to participate in a community mural and decorate items such as masks and paddle fans.
ASLD professional faculty will offer two free art demonstrations per day in a range of media, including printmaking, painting, and more. Demonstrations will take place in the community garden on the Art Students League of Denver grounds. Presenting sponsor Meininger Art Supply will have a booth where attendees can make their own tie-dye creations.