ArtFusion Looks to Build on Success

of Inaugural Event

Iron Faux was one of many fun events that made its debut with the first ArtFusion event in Santa Fe, N.M.

After a successful debut in Santa Fe, N.M., last year, ArtFusion will travel about 450 miles due north of that location for a second outing in the Rocky Mountain town of Estes Park, Colo.

The dates for ArtFusion 2016 are Wednesday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 29. It will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies Conference Complex in Estes Park.

“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.

Approximately 120 people registered from the 2015 ArtFusion, and advance registrations have already surpassed that number for this year. Featuring a wide range of classes and activities, this year’s event will be raising money for International Hope Builders.

ArtFusion 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 and a Saturday evening dinner party on the concluding night of the event. 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.

There will also be a return of the fast-paced Iron Faux competition, which successfully debuted last year as a unique industry variation on the Iron Chef cooking show.

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.”

Classes with respected industry instructors are a major draw of ArtFusion.

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 a full range of classes—nearly 30 in all—in a broad range of categories, including: business and marketing, mixed media, furniture, encaustics, decorative painting, decorative arts, plasters, restoration, concrete, epoxy art, metal effects, canvas, molds and alcohol inks. Several of them have already sold out. Specific classes and instructors include:

•    Capturing the Hand of the Artisan—Business and Estimating with Dean Sickler
•    Beyond Technique: The Consulting Side of Fine Finishes with Leslie Sinclair
•    Online Marketing for Artisans with Jared Crenshaw
•    Mad Scientist Surface Techniques & Transfers with Darlene McElroy
•    Nature's Palette: Combining Mixed Media and Nature with Trish McKinney
•    Simple Secret Layers For Art, Furniture & Walls by Debbie Hayes
•    New World Finishing for Furniture, Cabinetry & More with Donna Phelps
•    How to Use a Sprayer for Furniture and Cabinets with Ande Crenshaw
•    Contemporary Encaustic Portraiture
•    Chiaroscuro and Beeswax … Ancient Techniques for Painting the Face
•    Modern Trends with Gary Lord
•    Domes, Ceilings and Designs
•    Decorative Painting (Rebuilding our Faux World) by Cindy Howard
•    PROCEED—Great Textures for Great Results with Adrienne Wannamaker
•    Design for the People by Novacolor with Massimo Giuliani
•    Artistry in Watercolor by Holly Whiting
•    Decorative Verre Eglomise Panel with Annie Lemarie
•    Capturing the Hand of the Artisan with Dean Sickler
•    How to Make Distempers and Their Use in Decorating with Gary Dulock
•    Touch of Illusion with Gary Dulock
•    World Class Concrete Tile with Cindee Lundin
•    Art Resin with Igor Turovskiy
•    Artscapes by Beki VanMeter
•    Passionate Pattern and Patina with Debbie Hayes
•    Metal Leaf and Patination with Dean Sickler
•    Burlap Art on Canvas with Adrienne Wannamaker
•    Creating with Clay with Joyce Nelson
•    Creating Magic with Alcohol Ink with Cathy Taylor

Some of the classes are free. There are several available for under $200. Even the highest-price class (two days of learning World Class Concrete techniques) is affordable at just $350.

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