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The Salida Art Walk makes its return on June 25, hot on the heels of last weekend’s FIBArk and just as loved. The 29th annual Salida Art Walk will include traditional art galleries and temporary “pop-up” galleries.

Starting at 12:00 noon on June 25 and going through June 27, join in on the gallery walk and artist demos. This event runs through the weekend and highlights various artists in the Salida Creative District. Participating vendors will be open to the public so community members and visitors can meet the artists and watch demos. To view the complete list of participants, click here.

During the same two days, Riverside Park will host the Community Art Project which will celebrate the emergence from COVID together as a community. The walled structure in Riverside Park was envisioned by local artist Curtis Killorn. Art Walk attendees are encouraged to participate in the project throughout the weekend.

Photo: Unsplash/Mike Petrucci

The large wall structure offers a blank pallet that will be transformed by colorful paintings, drawings, and words left by visitors.  The interactive weekend art experience will be set up all weekend at Riverside Park at the intersection of Sackett and F Streets. 

Attendees are also invited to contribute to a community scarf being created by silk and mosaic artist Shanna Robb from Friday to Sunday. The one-of-a-kind design will be fueled by visitors during the weekend festivities.  Once completed, the scarf will be donated to the Salida Council for the Arts as an auction item for their Fall 2021 Valley Visions Show. The community scarf project will be set up all three days at Rocky Mountain Guitar Company at 119A East First Street.

From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 26, Box of Bubbles will host the Mini Masterpiece Auction at 206 E Street. Local artists from throughout the Heart of Colorado area donate their small works in a wide range of media. This year’s auction will benefit Salida Council for the Arts. Prices start at $25, allowing patrons the chance to obtain a work by a favorite artist at a very reasonable price, knowing that all the proceeds go to charity.

Shakespeare in the Park in 2019 featured a crew performing “Much Ado About Nothing”. Image courtesy of Salida Council for the Arts.

As another long-time audience favorite, there will be two performances of Shakespeare in the Park:

  • 6:00 p.m. on June 26
  • 8:30 p.m. on June 27.

This year’s show is called The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) written by Adam LongDaniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Shakespeare in the Park is dedicated to bringing quality theatre to Salida. It aims to engage people of all ages by giving them a positive experience with live theater through Shakespeare’s universal, timeless masterpieces. Organizers are proud to provide a dynamic learning platform for our talented local performers and artists.

KHEN, Salida’s Community Radio at 123 East Third Street. Photo by Merrell Bergin

KHEN Community Radio is a host organization for the Art Walk where they will display work of metal sculptors Ken Cable and Mark Dean all day. The event will also include live music, an open mic, a song circle jam, and special radio broadcasts. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

The Musical Event Calendar for every day will flow as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is the special KHEN Broadcasts and Special Music Mixes
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is Live Music and Open Mic. Those who want to play for a friendly audience are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute slot. Solo performers and ensembles welcome.
  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be the Song Circle Jam, a sing-along which will feature copies of Rise Up Singing Songbook. Participants are encouraged to bring their copy if they have one. Those who want to share songs are asked to bring copies for the group.