Only three more days until county residents get the chance to tour more than 30 vendors at this yearâ€™s sixth annual Denver Art Trail event.
Of the 32 artists who will on-hand Saturday and Sunday at eleven various locations throughout the Denver area, only two are from out-of-county, said Mary Miller, chairman of the Denver Art Trail Committee.
After the trail was established in 2006, Miller and her husband co-chaired the event for three consecutive years, and Miller has once again picked up leading the event.
The couple was a part of a group of artists from the East Lincoln area who consistently got together to share ideas and talk about their art, Miller said.
From those talks, the idea for an Art Trail outside of Lincolnton was formed.
Miller noted that the communityâ€™s perception was that there wasnâ€™t any art outside of the countyâ€™s central part.
All kinds of media will be represented and available for purchase at the two-day event this weekend including two-dimensional art, woodwork, metal work, pottery and handmade jewelry, among others.
Miller and her husband plan to sell their items at this yearâ€™s art trail. The couple primarily creates pottery and kiln-formed jewelry and vessels.
Event officials have no doubt that the community is drawn to the yearly event because of their appreciation for art and its many magnetic qualities.
â€œArt is a very stress-relieving thing,â€ Miller said.
â€œNone of us played with enough mud pies when we were little.â€
She particularly notes that itâ€™s the beauty of each art piece that produces the workâ€™s stress-relieving characteristic.
â€œWe try to create beauty,â€ Miller noted.
â€œThereâ€™s more to life than just money. Thereâ€™s good things in the community, and thereâ€™s a wealth of talent that in itself is good for the community.â€
Some people attend the event to purchase early holiday or Christmas gifts, she said, while still others end up shopping at the Art Trail on more than one occasion after keeping an item for themselves that they first eyed for a family member or friend.
â€œWe find that lot of people need a little treasure, too,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™ve had people come back and say, â€˜I bought this for my cousin, but I couldnâ€™t give it to her so I came back to buy something else for her.â€™â€
Miller and others involved with the art trail hope word about the event continues to spread like wildfire each year, although she revealed that some people she encounters remain unfamiliar with the trail.
She also hopes the economy wonâ€™t impact the trailâ€™s business this year like it has in recent years.
â€œWe havenâ€™t seen quite so many people,â€ she said.
â€œMost were in the third and fourth years. I think thatâ€™s the economy, but a lot of the retailers are saying the economy is looking up so I hope the trail will reflect that, too.â€
This yearâ€™s Art Trail will also feature a 23-piece raffle basket to be awarded to one lucky winner, and trail-goers can purchase raffles at any of the stops, Miller noted.
Raffle tickets are $3 apiece or two for $5.
All proceeds will go to benefit the Denver Rescue Park. Each year, Art Trail proceeds benefit a worthy local cause. In past years, trail officials have donated money to the local library to be used to purchase new art books for three different area high schools, Miller said.
â€œWe sell less than 1,000 tickets so you have a good chance of winningâ€”more than the lottery,â€ she joked.
The trail will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit facebook.com/denverarttrail or contact Mary Miller at 704-489-9494.
Free Art Trail brochures can also be picked up at any of this yearâ€™s stops including the Red Rooster, Fat Cat Pottery, Sweet Vine Winery and Lake Norman Flowers & Gifts, among many others.
â€œWe like to see them enjoy our work and talk to them about it,â€ Miller said of the individuals who attend. â€œItâ€™s a fun day. The price is right, and hopefully, itâ€™s inspiring.â€
JENNA-LEY HARRISON, Staff Writer