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Get ready for the second ArtFusion! After a successful debut last year, ArtFusion will take place Oct. 25-Oct. 29 at the YMCA of the Rockies Conference Complex in Estes Park, Colo.

“This event is for the professional and aspiring decorative painter and artist to celebrate our industry, explore the latest products, tools and trends, while meeting others in the industry and forming great connections and friendships,” says event organizer Kathy Boyd, who adds that this year’s even will be raising money for International Hope Builders.

Approximately 120 people registered from the 2015 ArtFusion, and advance registrations have already surpassed that number for this year. The event kicks off with a welcome breakfast and check-in on Oct. 26 followed by several classes and speakers over the next several days. Other events include a “Fauxtini” party, demos, exhibits, raffles, an “Iron Faux” competition and a dinner party. Since the venue has an on-site roller rink, plans are in the works for a “Faux Roller” glow-in-the-dark roller skate party, complete with a live band.

A few new features are being added to this year’s event, including the Art “Stuff” Rummage Sale, which Kathy describes as a rummage sale “by artists for artists” as well as “a great way to clean up your home studio.”

Also new this year is a different approach to exhibiting, called “Focus Spots.” This will give the event’s exhibitors a block of time in which they can exclusively engage a captive audience with a presentation, demo or marketing message. Attendees collect badges for every Focus Spot they attend, making them eligible to win prizes. Exhibitors also get a dedicated table for Friday and Saturday as an opportunity to engage with even more of the event’s attendees.

This year’s attendees can take advantage of a “Weekend Pass,” which allows attendees who can’t make the Wednesday through Friday classes to take advantage of the events from Friday evening onward at a reduced cost. This encompasses a special preview of the rummage sale, several classes and speakers, as well as the final night’s dinner party.

ArtFusion will feature nearly 30 classes featuring many of the industry’s top instructors. Some classes are free, and all are affordable, with the highest-price class (featuring two days of learning) priced at just $350.

To learn more about ArtFusion, visit the event website at the link.