When the Denver Art Trail began it was a one-day event that featured about a dozen artists.
Now in its fourth year, it has grown into a two-day event that will feature the works of more than 40 Denver-area artists.
The event will run 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. A variety of mediums will be represented, including painting, pottery, jewelry, photography and others. Artists' works will be on display at 15 area galleries, businesses, personal studios and even two houses.
Most stops will feature the works of more than one artist and there will be directional signs throughout Denver to help people navigate the trail. Brochures with maps also will be available at all stops.
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Paintings by watercolorist Frank Vasta, who died Nov. 16, will be displayed at the Susan Redmond Studio, 7983 Salem Springs Drive.
This will be William Walker's first time participating in the art trail, but he has attended a couple of them in the past. A variety of his works will be on display at Lake Norman Flowers & Gifts, which he co-owns.
The 51-year-old has a bachelor's degree in studio art, but he has been an artist his whole life, he said. He paints landscape, portrait and still life watercolors, as well as some abstract and landscape acrylic pieces.
Big draws for this year's art trail, he said, will be the sheer number of participating artists, the volume and variety of works on display and the extra day for public viewing.
"This particular year it is three or four times larger than it has ever been," he said. "There are a lot more artists, a lot more different mediums and the level of interest I have seen and heard this year is off the charts."
He also said the show may even encourage other aspiring artists to create and show their work in future art trail events.
"Denver has a lot of talented artists," he said. "There are a lot of people who like to dabble in art around here. And by going out and seeing what other people in their community have done, it could inspire them to do some of their own things. The art trail is really a great venue for people to show and display their work. And it's good for the public, because people really get a chance to see what kind of art is in their community."
Ginny Boyd, 58, is a mixed-media artist who will participate in her third art trail event this weekend.
She will sell large framed pieces and small matted pieces at BH Black Pottery, 8890 Graham Point Lane.
Her artwork, she said, is based on "why-nots."
"If somebody were to say in class, 'when you're doing this technique, you can't do that,' I say, 'why not' and immediately attempt to prove them right or prove them wrong," she said. "But in most cases I figure out how to do it and make it work."
Her first year participating in the trail, she did not sell much of her art work, but she did get offered to show her work at two different venues.
This show, and others like it, helps give the area more of a metropolitan feel, but it also helps artists and art-lovers connect, she said.
"It speaks to the nucleus of the arts community; it brings like-minded people together, and we get to share our work with the rest of the community," she said. "In doing the trail, we have opened up and let people know we're here."