Artist Demonstrations provide a unique way to interact with some of our exhibiting artists in an informal setting. These interactive and engaging demos will again be incorporated into the Festival’s schedule in 2018 and will take place in each artists booth.

The 2018 Crested Butte Arts Festival Artist Demonstrations will be announced in the summer of 2018. Below is what was offered at our 2017 festival. Stay tuned for more details about the 2018 festival!

2017 Festival Artist Demonstrations

Saturday, August 5, 2017

10:30 am | Jill Rikkers|  Metal  | Booth #151

Come see this artist demonstrate cold joining techniques. She will show how she form spoons and will then exhibit how she attaches them onto their handles. Also, see how to stamp into copper and form copper bracelets. Customize a piece of your own while you are there!


12:00 pm  | Kimberly Moore|  Mixed Media | Booth #45

Watch paper clay sculpting on a wood panel, with a distinct nature theme. Accents of glass and copper are incorporated, and all are finished in acrylics.

1:30 pm| Joseph Magnano | Painting  | Booth #54

Joseph Magnano is the artist behind vibrant cows. Watch him work live and answer questions about acrylic paint.


3:00 pm | Charles Hazelaar| Sculpture | Booth #31

Charles Hazelaar will discuss how sculpture works and how important the idea of home is today. His work creates homes, and he will show the process by which ideas and dreams become these objects. He will talk about the process of building work drawing on the past, as opposed to using building with pure imagination and finnally the idea of unfinished objects.


Sunday, August 6

10:30 am | Gedion Nyanhongo | Sculpture | Booth #51

Gedion Nyanhongo is a native of Zimbabwe, Africa. He will be demonstrating his skill and techniques used in the creation of hand-carved and chiseled stone sculpture in the traditional style of the Shona Sculpture movement of his homeland.


12:00 pm | Jessica Wright| Painting | Booth #36

With acrylic paint, Jessica Wright throws, drizzles with a chopstick and even uses her fingertips to create multilayered, vivid, and modern Colorado landscapes.

Special thanks to the artists who volunteer their time and materials for these demos – we love their dedication to their craft and their willingness to share. Thank you!