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Fiber Festival Launches with Arts Creative Mixer Followed by Public Opening

The Salida Council for the Arts is co-hosting with Salida Arts & Culture the September Creative Mixer to be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 7 at the Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant (220 West Sackett Avenue).

The public is invited to enjoy the exhibit, which will feature work from Salida Fiber Festival Artists and music by Matthew Lanning.

The Mixer was moved from its usual timing on the second Thursday to the first Thursday of the month to coincide with Salida Fiber Festival, which is September 9 through September 10, in Riverside Park.

The mixer will be held outside on the patio if the weather permits. There will be a cash bar. Creatives, artists, and members of the public are invited to take part in the mixer.

The September exhibition will feature original designs in all forms of fiber art made with various fiber techniques, such as knitting, weaving, sewing, crocheting, beading, dyeing, and stitching.

Eighth Annual Fiber Art Exhibition Grand Opening

From 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, September 8 at the Paquette Gallery, the public is also invited to the Grand Opening of the eighth annual Fiber Art Exhibition. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Salida Fiber Festival which follows this Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit showcases fiber creations by local artists and festival vendors. Attendees will be able to vote for the People’s Choice award and attend the free, 68-minute film, The Nettle Dress, from the UK. The film follows textile artist Allan Brown as he honors the memory of his wife in a memorable tribute. According to the film’s website, it’s “A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft.”

More information about the exhibition is available online.

Salida Fiber Festival Hours

2022 Logo courtesy Salida Fiber Festival

Riverside Park, 170 East Sackett Avenue, Salida

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is free parking available. Attendees should note that dogs are not allowed at the Salida Fiber Festival. The City of Salida does not allow dogs in parks.

The Salida Fiber Festival started in 2011 and occurs the first weekend after Labor Day each year. Attendees traveling from the Front Range should keep in mind that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is replacing a bridge in Fairplay on U.S. Highway 285, which may cause delays in travel time.