Colorado's Premier Art Event

Art Outreach

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Art Alley


Roll up your sleeves, paint with abandon and release your inner artist! 

We invite families to participate in a variety of hands-on activities in the interactive and educational Art Alley Tent. Children learn to design and create paintings, mixed media collages, pen and ink drawings, works in clay, jewelry, and even fabric hats. Each year over 200 children participate in this family fun activity.


 We are pleased to announce Heather Bischoff is our 2019 emerging artist.

See Trees is an interactive installation of aspen trees with access to the multiverse. The immersive forest invites people of all ages to linger and explore with curiosity. Closer examination of the aspen eyes will allow people to discover the inside of the trees—a portal to another realm! Internal trunk space presents kaleidoscopic images, dioramas, and collaborative art to ponder the stories that live within our environment. What do these trees see?  

Each year, proceeds from the Festival serve to perpetuate year-round sustainable arts outreach programs in the Gunnison Valley and at the upcoming year's festival. We invite you to become an active participant in your festival experience! 

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Art History


Emerging Artist


The Master of Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) program at Western Colorado University will be partnering with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and the Crested Butte Art History Project to hold an exhibition on the Art History of the Gunnison Valley at the 2019 CBAF! Come check out the fascinating account of our community’s rich history embedded in the arts!