Artist Resources

Use this information to make this year's show your most successful yet! Can't wait to see you in January!

Everything You Need to Know...

38th Annual Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest
3 Day Weekend! January 18, 19, 20th!
Hours: Friday 1-7PM, Saturday 10AM-7PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM

Denver Mart
451 E. 58th Ave
Denver, Colorado 80216
The Denver Mart is very easy to find, located at the corner of Interstate 25 and 58th Avenue. 58th Avenue is approximately one mile north of where Interstate 70 crosses Interstate 25! The Denver Mart sits at the confluence to five major highways, just 10 minutes north of downtown Denver and 30 minutes to the Denver International Airport. The complex is recently updated and surrounded by acres of parking!

Set-up takes place Thursday January 17th from 2:00PM to 8:00PM and on Friday January 18th from 8:00AM to 11:00AM (no load-in allowed after 11AM). Exhibitors who have not called or checked an hour before the end of their check in time/day will be considered a no-show and will forfeit their booth. Upon arrival at Denver Mart, drive to the "Pavilion Building," Located on the northwest corner of the complex. Park on the north side of the Pavilion building. Move in doors are on the same level of the parking lot. Please note there is no parking or driving inside of the building during set up or tear down, so bring equipment needed to load big pieces in.

Tear down begins at 5pm on Sunday, no earlier please. Focus on tearing town your booth first, then getting your car and bringing it closer. This makes it easier and smoother for everyone!

Work that is presented attractively can be an important factor in sales as well as a positive contribution to the overall appearance of the show. Please plan your booth carefully and make sure it's attractive and easy for customers to come in and look at your work.
- Each booth must have solid panels or draping on the back and sides to create a partition between booths as well as a backdrop behind it. Booth walls / siding is to be arranged 100% by the exhibiting artist, as nothing is provided automatically. Open shelving or grids should have a solid panel behind them. Exhibitors who do not provide partitions must rent pipe and draping. (At this point if you need to rent pipe and drape or purchase electricity it must be done at the show on set up day).
- No canopy tent tops will be allowed inside the building. As an extra measure of caution, we have been advised that all things on the floor such as rugs, floor mats and extension cords must be taped down completely. Please being your own tape if you plan to have anything on the floor of your space.
- Tables must be covered or skirted to the floor on all sides showing, with a suitable, professional looking cover. Storage bins, back stock, wrapping materials etc. should be concealed from view.
- Display our artist booth sign in your booth.
- No "Sale" or "Discount" signs. All signs should look professional, or signs/flyers advertising other shows or businesses.
- All things belonging to each artist are expected to fit within their booth space and not interfere with aisle space or a neighbor's space. Storage is not gauranteed.
- Exhibitor will reimburse Festival for inflicting damage to premises.
- All exhibitors are responsible for keeping their area clean during show hours, including clean-up at end of show.
- Artists are expected to be mindful of other vehicles and not obstruct traffic flow during load-in.
- One exhibitor chair may be in aisle adjacent to the booth.
- Please do not set up exhibitor chairs or other belongings across from booth or in the common areas.

Parking is located along the North and West side of the Denver Mart complex.
Each artist will receive 2 parking passes in their check-in packet. During the show, please park as far back from the entrance doors as you can, so we can leave the close parking for our customers!

RV & Trailer Parking
RV & Trailer Parking is located on the East side of the Denver Mart, accross Washington Street. This is free to part in for our artists and you do not need to let us or the Denver Mart know if you plan to park there. Please note, however, this area is not locked or gated, so make sure your vehicles are properly secured. You are reliable for your vehicles and trailers.

Dakota Ridge RV Park (located west of Denver)
17800 West Colfax Ave.
Golden CO 80401
303.279.1625 or 800.398.1625
Approx. 16 miles – 20-25 minutes light traffic

The Prospect RV Park (located west of Denver)
11600 West 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Approx. 10 miles – 15 minutes light traffic

Barr Lake RV Park (located east of Denver)
17180 E. 136th Ave.
Brighton CO 80601
303.659.6180 or 800.655.9234
Approx. 16 miles – 20 minutes light traffic

Special rates are available at the following hotels, please mention that you are with the Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest. Rooms are not guaranteed at rate if block sells out. Rates are available through January 1st.

The Radisson - $116 / night plus complimentary shuttle available
The Clarion - $109 / night plus complimentary shuttle every hour, breakfast included
The Comfort Inn - $109 / night

Buy-sell will not be tolerated. No imports, manufactured items, or work that has been produced from kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms or other commercial means can be sold by exhibiting artists and craftsmen in this show. Works may incorporate some commercially produced parts, but the design and execution must be primarily the product of the exhibiting artist’s skill. Any commercially produced parts must play a subordinate role and be incorporated into the work. They may not be sold separately. Do not display jewelry in your booth if it was not submitted for jurying and accepted, or any other category that you were not juried in for. Please do not display objectionable items that are not fit for a family-friendly environment. Artists will be required to remove anything that does not fit within the festival guidelines; should an artist choose not to comply they may be asked to leave. Live musical demonstrations must be limited to a total of 15 minutes per hour. We appreciate your cooperation!

Prints and giclees must be represented / easily recognizeable to customers as reproductions of work.

Artist must be present, and showcasing only the work which was accepted by the jury. Representatives are not permitted to attend in place of the artist.

Pets are not permitted at the Festival, unless they are certified assistance animals. Children must stay with you in your booth and may not freely roam around the show.

Step-by-Step: Paying taxes at the Denver Mart as a vendor
Tax that needs to be collected for 'unincorporated Adams County: West of Box Elder Creek' is 4.75%. This is reported to the state of Colorado. This is broken down as follows: 2.90% for the state, .75% for the county, .01% for cultural facilities, 1% for RTD. Follow the steps below to take care of your sales tax for this event.

BEFORE THE FESTIVAL: All vendors are required to obtain a Special Events Sales Tax License prior to the event. The application to fill out BEFORE festival is here: DR0589

AFTER THE FESTIVAL: Following the show, there is a tax return to fill out reporting sales. The form is due by February 20th, and can be found here: DR0098

- We want to ensure that your participation in this show is a fun and rewarding experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
- Full color program distributed to patrons
- Shipping from venue for customers > Shipping Info
- Artist name badges & booth signs provided
- Free Wifi available
- All accepted artists can receive free festival postcards upon request for their own mailings, plus access to online marketing tools such as digital flyers, images, and logos.
- ‘Artist Resources’ web page, with all show information, logistics, site maps, marketing material, helpful links, and our personal recommendations for restaurants and more.
- 4 free tickets to give to customers or friends.

Dash Events excels in advertising and promoting shows extensively through television, billboards, social media, newspaper, national magazines (Cowboys & Indians) and local publications (5280 Magazine), mass direct mail, online advertising and e-blasts. Participating artists from our summer show gave our advertising efforts 4.7 / 5 stars!
- 40,000 Email Contacts! Cultivating a loyal customer base is a key component in the success and sustainability of our festivals.
- In 2019, we will introduce our tablet iPad kiosks to the Indian Market, where customers register to win prizes and receive future reminders and discount coupons for upcoming shows.
- 11,000 Direct Mail Contacts! All people on our mailing list have previously attended this festival or our sister festival in Denver, Colorado.

Follow us on Instagram & Facebook!

If you have any images or videos you would like to have shared, please send to our social media gal, Jackie.

A Note from Randy & Paula

  • For a few years now, many artists have recommended to us a certain person they would like to see take over the show when we did decide to retire. After many phone conversations and two face to face visits, we are thrilled to announce that Liz Gore King will be taking over immediately as the new owner and producer of the Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase. Many of you already know Liz, but for those of you who don't…Liz is young, enthusiastic and energetic with lots of knowledge and expertise in producing art festivals. She grew up in Albuquerque helping her mom, Ruth Gore, produce the three annual Rio Grande Art & Craft Festivals. Today Liz partners with her mom to produce the Rio Grande Festivals along with starting and producing her own festival, The 6th Annual Cheesman Park Art Festival in Denver. In all sincerity, we feel like Liz is absolutely the ideal person to continue producing the festival in our traditions of integrity, fairness and a genuine concern for the exhibitors. Again, let us assure you, we think Liz and her team will do an amazing job and we fully expect the Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase will continue to thrive for many many years!

    Randy & Paula Wilkerson