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Downtown Aspen art festival returns this weekend for 15th year

From $20 handmade earrings to $20,000 hand-blown glass sculptures, Aspen's downtown art festival offers "a little something for everyone," show coordinator Helayne Stillings said.

"We have a bit of everything," Stillings said of the festival, which showcases art from 150 local and national artists.

The two-day art event, which will take over Monarch Street on Saturday and Sunday, celebrates its 15th year in Aspen this weekend.

Watercolor and oil paintings, crafts, glass, photography, ceramics, sculptures, shawls, sweaters and all types of jewelry are among the types of art that will be on-display at the festival.

The artist of each piece featured also will attend the festival, creating a more personal experience, Stillings said.

"Everything in our event is handmade by the person selling it," she said. "In other words, the public gets to meet the creator of the art.

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"It's very specific because we want (customers) to be able to ask questions about the artist's work, their inspiration and take custom orders."

South Florida-based Howard Alan Events, Inc. produces the Aspen art festival, as well as others throughout the South East and Colorado.

The Aspen iteration is a part of the company's four-stop "Colorado Summer of Art" tour, which includes the Beaver Creek art festival, Keystone River Run Village art festival and the Main Street to the Rockies art festival in Frisco.

"When we first started our shows three decades ago in South Florida, we had numerous people every winter ask if we could bring our shows to Colorado," Howard Alan, founder of the event group, said in a statement. "Every winter season now, whether it is on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, downtown Sarasota or Boca Raton, people come up and ask us if we're coming back to Beaver Creek or downtown Aspen.

"Our Colorado tour is based on popular demand."

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IF YOU GO…

What: Annual Downtown Aspen Art Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Where: Monarch Street between Durant Avenue and Main Street

Admission: Free and open to the public

More information: Vist artfestival.com or contact info@artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.

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