Contact:              Beth Buehler
                      Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
                      (970) 349-1168 or

Art Festivals & Gallery Walks Celebrate Originality of Gunnison-Crested Butte
                    Art Events Calendar for Summer/Fall 2009 Announced

GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (April 3, 2009) — The arts are a permanent part of
Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado’s culture. The communities have celebrated creativity during
three longtime art festivals set against the beauty of the Colorado Rockies: 37th annual Crested
Butte Festival of the Arts, 36th annual Gunnison Art in the Park, and 21st annual The People’s

From June to September, Crested Butte’s ArtWalk Evenings bring art enthusiasts on a tour of the
galleries on the last Thursday evening of the month. There is no admission charge for the
festivals or gallery evenings.

Two well-respected arts centers—Gunnison Arts Center and Crested Butte Center for the Arts—
also bring a wealth of cultural offerings and art exhibits to the communities throughout the year.
Visit and

June 25               ArtWalk Evening, Crested Butte Galleries & Studios
July 26               36th Annual Gunnison Art in the Park, Legion Park
July 30               ArtWalk Evening, Crested Butte Galleries & Studios
August 1 – 2          37th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival, Elk Avenue
August 22             High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, Gunnison’s Legion Park
August 27             ArtWalk Evening, Crested Butte Galleries & Studios
September 5 – 6       21st Annual The People’s Fair, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
September 24          ArtWalk Evening, Crested Butte Galleries & Studios

ArtWalk Evenings, June 25, July 30, August 27 & September 24
ArtWalk Evenings takes place the last Thursday of June, July, August and September from 5 – 8
p.m. in Crested Butte. ArtWalk is organized by Artists of the West Elks and features stops at
several studios and galleries. Light refreshments, music and on-site artists are featured at many
of the locations. For more information, contact Rebecca Weil at (970) 349-9247or visit


                                         202 East Georgia
                                    Gunnison, CO 81230-2433
                             Phone: 970-641-7992 – Fax: 970-641-7994
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36th Annual Gunnison Art in the Park, July 26
Gunnison’s Legion Park serves as the backdrop for the 36th annual Gunnison Art in the Park,
organized by the local chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW). On
July 26, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., approximately 60 artists will exhibit and sell their creations during
this juried event.

Live entertainment, activities for kids, and food and beverage booths also are part of the fun.
Proceeds from the event benefit AAUW’s local scholarship program for nontraditional students
attending Western State College in Gunnison; AAUW’s national education foundation; and a
local project that is selected annually. For more information, contact Ronda Connaway at (970)

37th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival, August 1 - 2
The Crested Butte Arts Festival (CBAF) is one of the biggest weekends of the summer,
drawing world-class artists from all 50 states and several international exhibitors. CBAF is one
of the top five art festivals in Colorado and ranked among the 60 best shows in the nation by The
Harris List. Open-air fine arts and crafts booths line the three-block center of Crested Butte’s
National Historic District featuring approximately 175 artists who are selected through a very
competitive jury process and exhibit their one-of-a-kind works in ceramics, drawing and
graphics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wearable
art and wood.

New additions to the festival include “Art Alley,” a hands-on arts and crafts tent for children
ages 2 - 12 and their parents; Artists of the West Elks co-op booths featuring the work of more
than 20 local Gunnison Country artists; and an artists’ demonstration tent with selected
exhibiting artists demonstrating their craft during festival hours. In addition, there will
be musical entertainment on the Ragged Mountain Stage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and a
variety of gourmet food selections available at the festival's Culinary Court. For more
information, call (970) 349-1184 or visit

High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, August 22
The Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce invites arts and crafts lovers to experience the
High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival being held in conjunction with the Gunnison Car Show on
Aug. 22. The festival showcases arts and crafts from around the region and will be held from 9
a.m. – 4 p.m. in Legion Park, located across the street from Jorgensen Park where the car show
will be held. Great food and fun for the whole family are on tap. Call (970) 641-1501 or visit

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21st Annual The People’s Fair, September 5 - 6
The Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend marks the return of The People’s Fair in
historic downtown Crested Butte. Hundreds of locals and visitors will stroll Elk Avenue on
Sept. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to take in this homespun cultural experience and to soak in
the last of the high country summer. The People’s Fair features an eclectic mix of booths
showcasing regional arts and crafts, collectibles and antiques, and preserved foods from local
gardens as well as fun for kids, live music, a tasty fair food, and nonprofit organization booths
selling books, CDs, baked goods and more. The festival coincides with the annual Labor Day
Sidewalk Sale on Elk Avenue, making the day a shoppers delight!

Since 1988, The People’s Fair has been made possible by the volunteer efforts of the artist
members of The Paragon Gallery, a cooperatively owned arts and crafts gallery in downtown
Crested Butte, located at 132 Elk Ave. For more information, contact The Paragon Gallery at
(970) 349-6484.

To find out more about Gunnison-Crested Butte events and attractions or to book personalized
vacation packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s official reservations
center at (800) 814-8893 or visit During the summer and fall,
air access to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is provided by United Airlines.

Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness
in southwest Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine
skiing and snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country
skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor
summer activities. In the warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities
such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-
fishing, camping and horseback riding. Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants,
unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and have a wide range of lodging
options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resort
Recognized as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado Legislature and
one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008,
Crested Butte is the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home to the Crested
Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Only three miles up the
road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base area, the
area’s conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails.
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Gunnison, a real western town located 28 miles from Crested Butte, is home to the Gunnison-
Crested Butte Regional Airport, Gunnison Whitewater Park, Gunnison Valley Observatory,
Pioneer Museum and Western State College, a four-year institution offering majors in the liberal
arts and sciences and professional fields. Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have thriving
historic central business districts packed with shopping and dining opportunities.

In Gunnison County, visitors will find the Curecanti National Recreation Area, where dinosaur
fossils were recently discovered; the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water and
home to the largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States; and The Black Canyon of the
Gunnison, one of our country’s newest national parks. Gunnison County includes the quaint and
historic towns of Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn, Almont and Crystal, plus the
better-known communities of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Gunnison County
is part of the West Elk Loop and Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.


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