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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Colfax Canvas 2021

A few weekends back Mathilde and I headed to Aurora for the annual Colfax Canvas street art festival. The festival is in its second year and this was our second time attending. Two for two! 

If you've been here for any amount of time you'll know I'm a big fan of street art, so a street art festival is right up my alley. We're lucky that between the Denver and Boulder metropolitan areas there are actually quite a few street art festivals each year. Along with Colfax Canvas in Aurora there is Crush Walls in Denver's RiNo neighborhood, Streetwise Boulder, and Babe Walls which changes location each year. While some of the artists who take part in these events are from other cities and states, most are based here in Colorado, which just goes to show what a wealth of local talent we have here. I've made sure to tag all of the photos with the artist's Instagram handles so you can look them up and see their other works. 

Ok, enough talking, let's look at some street art!
 
Mural by @pher01 and @chrishaven
Mural by @pher01 and @chrishaven
Mural by @rube.zilla and @chattyancestors
Mural by @pher01
Mural by @amandavelacharbonneau, @seewalker_art, @patrickmaxcy and @volarduran
Mural by @shittykitten1
Mural by @aprilwerle and @ddambrackas
Mural by @reveryart, @charlo.gw and @goodlooksvol.1

When we visited on Sunday some of the murals were completed, but most were still being worked on. I made the mistake of not checking the time and we actually arrived early (which never happens!) but there were still artists at work even though the festival itself was not due to start for another hour. We picked up mochi muffins and drinks from Third Culture Bakery and set out for a walk around the neighborhood to see all of the murals. 

There were fewer new murals going up this year and they weren't as wide spread as last year, but the existing murals from last year's festival are all still up so I guess there weren't as many walls available. Also, last year's festival was a little more wide spread as visitors were encouraged to do a driving tour in order to keep socially distanced (although we checked out the murals on foot). If you go check out the murals from this year's festival you'll get to see last year's murals too along with some others in the neighborhood that weren't a part of either event.

Murals by  @detour303, @A.L._Grime and @annacharneyart (from last year), @aprilwerle and @ddambrackas, @pehr01 and @selah.v.art
Mural by @pher01 and @chrishaven

Mural by @jahna.raecompany and @contemporary_vision

Mural by @dybs.ahoy

Mural by @shittykitten1

Mural by @amandavelacharbonneau, @seewalker_art, @patrickmaxcy and @volarduran
Mural detail by @volarduran
Mural by @aprilwerle and @ddambrackas

Mural by @dybs.ahoy

Mural by @rube.zilla and @chattyancestors

As I mentioned above, the new murals from this year's festival aren't the only pieces of art on display on the neighborhood's walls, so we made sure to check out lots of other murals too including some favorites from last year. 


Stay tuned for lots more mural fun coming soon!

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