Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous Returns to Ridgway on Aug. 9 and 10
RIDGWAY – The Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous, set for Aug. 9 and 10 in Ridgway’s beautiful Hartwell Park, turns 30 this year, making it one of the best-established and highly anticipated shows of its kind on the Western Slope. But the show is hardly resting on its laurels. This year, thanks to a new online application system and an increasingly discerning jurying process, it has attracted a stellar array of artists and crafts people.
Perennial favorites are back, along with a variety of outstanding new vendors in all categories from across the country.
“This is going to be, without a doubt, the highest quality show in the history of the Ridgway Rendezvous,” said show director Kentee Pasek. “All the jury members are just blown away by the quality of artists. We are bringing in some heavy hitters.”
“Honestly, it is amazing, the quality of artists we got this year,” agreed show juror Katie Link. “We will have up to 30 or 40 more vendors than we had last year, and the quality is amazing! I’m really excited about it. It’s big. It will be packed with vendors.”
The Ridgway Rendezvous offers hand-made and homemade products in categories including wearable art, woodworking, drawing and graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, bath products, gourmet products, fiber arts and more.
Much more than just another arts and crafts fair, the Rendezvous lives up to the meaning of its name, as a gathering of folks in a beautiful natural setting to celebrate art in all its forms. People come to buy, sell, visit, play, and soak up the festive atmosphere which includes live entertainment both days on Ridgway’s Town Park Stage, children’s activities and a street dance on Saturday night.
Entertainment on the Main Stage will run continuously, featuring a lineup of local musicians, a magic show, and live deejaying by the Funk Brothers, with tunes from their Mountain Chill radio station in between acts.
Watch art transpire as demonstrations of all types are scheduled by the vendors throughout each day.
As always, food concessionaires will be peddling an array of tempting treats, and Weehawken Creative Arts will be selling wine, beer and bloody marys.
As evening sets in on Saturday, Aug. 9, the crowd will migrate north to 604 Clinton Street in front of the Sherbino Theater for an all-ages street dance featuring live music by the hot new local band, the Astral Knots.
The street dance starts at 6 p.m.; the band plays at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and free for kids 10 and under. There will be a cash bar at the Sherbino Theater (the party moves indoors if the weather turns wet); the street dance and the Rendezvous are family affairs. Kid-friendly activities at Hartwell Park including mini-train rides, professional face painting, bowl painting and a free arts and crafts booth.
Hartwell Park is located in downtown Ridgway, not far from the junction of Highways 550 and 62. The Ridgway Rendezvous runs on Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (followed by the street dance from 7-10 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Admission to the Rendezvous is free.
The Ridgway Rendezvous, sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts, is a fundraiser for the outstanding children’s arts programming offered by Weehawken throughout the year.