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9/26/2013 Oct. 5 Hullabaloo: Artsy family fun!

Arts Hullabaloo is rolling back into Westcliffe for its 7th annual event. The event begins Saturday, Oct. 5, and will be held along with Alla Prima, or Plein Air Paint-out and paint-in competition.

Together, both events can inspire and decorate Westcliffe streets with an art-filled weekend.

Hullabaloo activities will take place throughout downtown Westcliffe, beginning at 11 a.m. and running throughout the day.

Hullabaloo allows children and adults alike to watch and learn from art demonstrations put on by Plein Air artists, various music demos, culinary demos, and a hands-on pottery demo.

The event promotes visual, performing, musical, culinary, and fiber arts, poetry, literary and martial arts.

There will be activities for the kids such as storytelling, face painting, sidewalk chalk art, tie dying, and quilting. There will also be a show put on by Jim Jackson’s Art Guffaw for children, using art as the medium of expression.

Businesses can get involved by showcasing art either out front or inside their stores. Angie Arterburn, Arts Hullabaloo volunteer, suggests that businesses request a certain art demonstration that would compliment and highlight their products. It could be a culinary demonstration in front of a restaurant, or a quilting demonstration outside of a clothing store. The demos would last between 10 to 20 minutes each.

"You can feature anyone you want," Arterburn said. "It could even be a local entertainer in front of your shop. Use your imagination."

Unique Boutique will be doing a 20-minute segment on the "Art of Accessorizing" to promote its business. The Westcliffe Wine Mine will be doing "The Art of Wine Tasting." Sangres Home Décor will showcase weaving, done by the Wet Mountain Weavers.

The hands-on experience with pottery will be held at the Wild Iris Gallery, and Brookwood Gallery will have piano music by Liz Van Sommeren.

To participate, let the volunteers at Hullabaloo know so they can get you on the schedule. If you want to participate but need help with ideas, Arterburn invites you to also call at 783-2099.

"Visitors can roam from venue to venue," Arterburn said. "Each presentation isn’t long, providing plenty of time to explore the venue and get to the next artist event."

There will also be a tour of the Historic Beckwith Ranch. Tour hours on Saturday, October 5, are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A tour van will leave approximately every 45 minutes from the 3rd Street Gallery parking lot. Admission costs $5 for adults. Children 12 and under can take the tour for free.

For more information, visit sangresartguilt.org.