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Fourth of July kicks off art festival series in Breckenridge

This Fourth of July weekend marks the first of three summer Mountain Art Festivals in Breckenridge, the 31st annual Breckenridge July Art Festival, slated for Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6.

The 13th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival, Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27, and the 39th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, Saturday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 1, round out the lineup. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with free admission.

For 22 years, Mountain Art Festivals producers Mark Beling and Judith Pollock have staged their outdoor Colorado art shows, consistently ranked among the top in the country.

“The Mountain Art Festivals provide venues for talented artisans to exhibit and sell their work to thousands of art enthusiasts every summer, while offering patrons the unique opportunity to meet the artists, learn the sources of their inspiration, ask questions about techniques, commission a specific piece and, of course, purchase fine works of art,” Beling said. “We have artists representing 18 states, Yoram Gal from Israel and 41 artists from Colorado.”

Local artists are Randy Smith, of Fairplay, Mary Staby, from Frisco, and Breckenridge’s Doug Tomlinson.

Art festival details

• July 4-6 — 31st annual Breckenridge July Art Festival at Main Street Station, corner of Main Street and Park Avenue. Nearly 100 artists will be featured at this festival, recently ranked the 22nd best fine-art festival in the United States by Art Fair Source Book and 26th best fine craft.

• July 25-27 — 13th annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival. A favorite among visitors and artists, this event is held at North Main Street at Wellington in Breckenridge. More than 120 artists from around the country will be presented.

• Aug. 30-Sept. 1 — 39th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival. The granddaddy of Summit County art festivals, this longtime event will feature more than 120 artists and is a great way to end the summer season and celebrate Labor Day in Breckenridge.

For more information on Mountain Art Festivals, visit www.mountainartfestivals.com or call (970) 547-9326.

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