Olde Town shops transform into student art show

100 Denver area students submit to Arvada-based contest

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Last weekend the businesses of Olde Town became a widespread, eclectic art gallery as 18 stores displayed student artwork for the Olde Town Arvada Student Art Show. The contest was an effort by the Business Improvement District and local businesses, which hung and placed artwork alongside their merchandise, creating a one-of-a-kind show for visiting spectators.

Taking place during the fall semester for the first time — the show previously occurred in the spring — the art show saw 100 Denver metro area students submit 200 works of art to be judged by representatives from the local art scene.

Students submitted independently of their schools, as opposed to previous shows, when students went through their schools to submit work. Those works of art were then put on display Oct. 4-6, in shops throughout Olde Town.

Open to junior high and high school students, the contest awarded cash prizes for the first time this year, said Jamie Hollier, event organizer and owner of artisan jewelry gallery Balefire Goods in Olde Town.

“We got sponsors for the prize money because for a kid, the hardest thing is buying materials,” she said.

Represented among the art were paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and carvings — a wide variety of mediums, said judge Cori Anderson, arts and culture writer for 303 Magazine. “Some of these pieces are really exceptional,” she said.

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