DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of people flooded Arapahoe Community College Sunday for the annual Affordable Arts Festival. Now in its fourth year, the event is bigger than ever.

For artist Rick Martin, metal is medium.

“I do a lot of yard stuff, a lot of indoor stuff, a lot of clocks,” Martin said.

Modern design is his forte.

“We call it happy art,” he said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Affordable Arts Festival

Martin just one of 140 artists featured at this year’s Affordable Art Festival.

“We’ve been doing art shows for 25 years,” Martin said.

Art that normally runs in the thousands can be yours for just a fraction. Every piece of art is $100 or less.

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Director Jim Delutes says in just a few years the festival has grown to nearly 5,000 patrons, and attracts artists from 18 different states.

“More than we expected, certainly more than any other year we’ve done it so far,” Delutes said. “This is our fourth year doing the show.”

The festival also partners with the Arapahoe Community College Foundation, which supplies scholarships to young artists.

“We are helping future art students. They have a great arts program here at ACC,” Delutes said.

While the sale is one time only, artists like Martin say it’s the future of art where everyday people can get their hands on something unique, beautiful and affordable.

“Nobody wants to go to a show and spend money that they have to take a second mortgage out on their house,” Martin said.

CBS4 is a proud sponsor of the event. The Affordable Art Festival is always held the Sunday before Labor Day at Arapahoe Community College.


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