Art and Jazz Festival comes to downtown GJ

The commingling of art and jazz will occur Friday through Sunday, May 10–12, during the 25th year of the Art and Jazz Festival from Third to Seventh streets on Main Street.

Local and national musicians are on the bill along with art vendors, artisan demonstrations and a beer and wine garden. Members of the Grand Valley Art Students League will offer The Main Street Art School with a variety of free classes available to the public with media that include jewelry-making, alcohol ink, watercolor and drawing. Participants must be age 12 or older, and class sizes are limited. Sign up for classes at the Oakley Gallery, 602 Main St. There is a $7 fee for supplies.

Kids ages 2–5 can participate in the 500 Block Push-Bike Grand Prix from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, on Main Street. Sponsored by Brown Cycles, Toys For the Fun of It and Kairos Children’s Boutique, this timed event will have racers following the flat-lander route in and out of the three businesses.

Kids can bring their own push (no pedals) bikes or borrow one from the demos provided.

Also happening during the Art and Jazz Festival is the Knit on the Corner event, featuring “knitted graffiti” designed to draw attention to some of the older Art on the Corner pieces on Main Street and add some fun and whimsey to the festival.

The installation of the knitted pieces will begin Friday morning, and the displays will be up until Sunday afternoon. Knit on the Corner is a collaboration between the shop Tangle and the Downtown Partnership.

The festival’s entertainment schedule is as follows:

■ Friday, May 10: Fruita Monument High School Jazz Band, 4 p.m.; Gumbo le Funque, 6 p.m.; and The Hazel Miller Band, 8 p.m.

■ Saturday, May 11: Theatre Project Dance Performance, 11 a.m.; Central High School Jazz Band, noon; Max Wagner Quartet, 2 p.m.; Russ Chapman, 4 p.m.; Frank Bregar Orchestra with Krystyn Hartman, 6 p.m.; Chris Daniels and the Kings, 8 p.m.

■ Sunday, May 12: Adam Bodine Trio, 10 a.m.; Bobby Walker, noon; Colorado Mesa University Dance Performance, 2 p.m.; Walk Smith and Friends, 2:30 p.m.

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