Pearl Street Arts Fest Brings Open Air Gallery Setting to the Pearl Street Mall July 18 & 19

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Anna Salim, Pearl Street Arts Fest Director, 303-449-3774,
Terri Takata- Smith, Communications Director, DBI, 303-449-3774, (303-725-1421 cell),

For over three decades, Boulder’s premiere juried arts festival draws art enthusiasts downtown

Boulder, Colorado [July 2, 2015] –  On July 18th and 19th, the Pearl Street Mall will transform into an ‘open air’ gallery during the Pearl Street Arts Fest. From original works of whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors and oils, handcrafted wood & furniture, photography & more, the artists were thoughtfully chosen by a jury who received applications from over 350 talented artists nationwide.  “This year, we were incredibly impressed with the number of amazing artists who applied to the event,” said Anna Salim, Downtown Boulder’s Event Director.  “Our jury had a difficult time narrowing down the selected artists but due to the intimate nature of the event and space available, attendees can be assured that the artists represented are the best of the best in their chosen medium.” This year the event’s name and logo has been revamped to recognize the host location.  “A distinguishing feature with other well-known art festivals is that location of the festival is part of the name,” said Salim.

The 2015 Pearl Street Arts Fest commemorative poster feature Lyons, Colorado mixed media artist Barbara Marcus-McKenna.  The piece titled, ‘Love Within’ is the fifth in a series of commemorative posters created for the event.  Art Source International (1237 Pearl Street) once again produced the commemorative giclee (digital prints), numbered and signed by the artist and available while supplies last.   Art Source will also be selling copies of all five commemorative posters during the event.

In addition to the artists’ booth, the Pearl Street Arts Fest will celebrate interactive and performance art.  Clementine Studio will host a kids' art activity tent where kids will have opportunities to express their creativity with paint and other mediums. Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance will perform on their aerial rig – and give attendees the opportunity to try it as well on 14th Street north of Pearl. A special addition to this year's event is an interactive public art project, ‘Before I Die’.  More than 500 ‘Before I Die’ walls have been created in 73 countries and in 36 languages throughout the world.  Boulder-based non-profit, Conversations on Death will present the Boulder wall during the event on 14th Street south of Pearl.

Admission to the festival itself is free.  The Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) will host a Wine Garden on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall. Bonterra Organic Vineyards’ sauvignon blanc & cabernet sauvignon will be available for $4 per glass with proceeds benefitting the Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) .   The Pearl Street Arts Fest happens Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Pearl Street Mall (on the 1100 – 1400 blocks and on 14th Street from Spruce to the alley just south of Pearl Street).  Every Saturday and Sunday (year round) city of Boulder parking garages are free.  For a list of the garage locations, visit  Pearl Street Arts Fest is presented by Daiya and sponsored by Bonterra, City of Boulder Parking Services, Daily Camera, 5280 Magazine & 9News.  The event is supported by Eco-Products, Bridge House (Ready To Work),  Alfalfa’s and Eldorado Natural Springs Water.

About Downtown Boulder, Incorporated
Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1984, dedicated to continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community.  With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure, DBI’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.  (

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