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New art sales venue set to open in Breck

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Becky Swiney is looking for people who do what she calls “therapeutic art,” or creating for fun. Her new event, Rockabettie’s Artist Bazaar, targets a variety of artists, crafters, clothing designers and accessory designers who have yet to find a way to make a living off of their art.

“It’s to help people who can’t afford to put their art in galleries – or (people who make things like) hair barrettes, that don’t fit into a gallery,” Swiney said.

She’s looking for quality artists – “anything from crafters all the way up to people who should be professional artists,” she said.

She has been hosting such art fairs in Denver for two years. At first, she had to scrounge to draw people to the events, but the past few have been packed.

“You couldn’t move,” she said.

She relies on gorilla marketing, through flyers and social media, to get the word out. Now that she has moved to Summit County, she wants to recreate the magic.

Her inspiration: Walking into Summit County galleries and hearing people ask for more local or unique or less expensive pieces. She believes visitors want to take something home that’s locally made. She sees herself as a stepping stone for artists to make their way into galleries.

However, for her bazaars, she encourages vendors to keep their items priced under $20, and definitely not rise above $100. She expects about 13 vendors for the June event and plans to keep it going year-round, except during the fall and mud season.

Space costs artists $5 for a small area, $10 for medium and $20 for a full table.

“I’m not making money off of it,” Swiney said. “It’s to help people.”

The owners of Pete’s Billiard are donating their space to support the cause.

And the name? Swiney proudly earned the nickname “Rockabettie” through her time working on radio, and, as she described, “I have that kind of rockabilly look going on.”


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