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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for the health of the community, the 2020 Salida Art Walk has been canceled. Organizers say that due to concerns for the continued safety of the artists, community, and the most vulnerable population at Columbine Manor, the committee decided it was in the best interest of public health to cancel this year’s event.

This decision was also made in part, due to the influx of out-of-state visitors within the community and the spike in COVID-19 cases within the county from 57 percent on April 22 to 76 percent on June 8.

The committee noted that they are happy to see a stabilization in case numbers since June 8 but are aware that neighboring states have seen case numbers spike.

Carl Bork begins a painting of aspen trees at the Salida gallery he shares with his wife, Karen Watkins (photo by Joe Stone).

To support the artistic endeavors of the county (SAlida is the oldest creative district in the state of Colorado) the committee is working with the Paquette Gallery at the Salida SteamPlant to create an online exhibit for Art Walk artists to sell their work.

Artists must apply by June 24, reside in Chaffee County and the online show is limited to the first 50 artists who submit. Click here for the entry form.

Though the Art Walk may not be happening in person, the committee wants to remind the community that you can still visit Salida and enjoy the galleries currently open. To see the list of galleries, click here.