If you’re visiting Greater Palm Springs over the weekend of April 5-7, 2013, you won’t want to miss the 11th Annual Indian Wells Art Festival, showcasing the talents of more than 200 award winning artists on the magnificent path-lined plaza of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Home of the BNP Paribas Tournament, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with its beautiful landscaped grounds and convenient location, has been the host sponsor of the Indian Wells Arts Festival since inception.
The Festival has been ranked as one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009) by Sunshine Artist Magazine and voted 2009 Best of the Best Art Festivals by readers of Palm Springs Life magazine.
The Indian Wells Arts Festival is designed to create a festive art marketplace experience for both the collector and first-time buyer, as well as to host community celebration and benefit local non-profits such as The Ophelia Project and S.C.R.A.P. Gallery. Other local non-profit Festival Partners include Old Town Artisan Studio, Aztec Dancers of Desert Mirage High School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Cathedral City High School Digital Arts Academy, Braille Institute of the Coachella Valley, and George Washington Charter School.
You don’t have to be an art aficionado to enjoy the Indian Wells Arts Festival. The creative synergy of working artists, local sponsors, exhibitors and non-profit partners creates a color-filled artisan village vibrant with activity.
Selected by jury process, artists are on hand to explain and demonstrate the techniques that created hundreds of pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork available for purchase. Offerings include painting, drawing, ceramic, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, apparel and hand-crafted wares. On-site demonstrations include glass blowing, painting, weaving, large scale stone sculpturing, larger-than-life mural painting, sand sculpture, wood carving and pottery throwing. With a celebrated reputation for its quality and wide variety of fine art and quality craft, artists travel from throughout the country to participate.
A Gourmet Market Place offers gourmet specialties, while sidewalk chalk drawing, children’s activities, wine tasting, live musical entertainment, book signings, and refreshments are ongoing throughout the day.
The City of Indian Wells welcomes the festival as it generates activity and exposure to the area. “The Indian Wells Arts Festival is an outstanding cultural event that draws locals and visitors,” said Indian Wells Mayor Mary Roche. “We are proud that it has become one of our city’s annual signature events.
Since its inception, the Indian Wells Arts Festival has grown in stature and continues to showcase incredible artistic talent. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the perfect venue for this world-class arts festival. We applaud Indian Wells Arts Festival producer Dianne Funk for creating this exceptional annual cultural event. The festival has so much to offer art enthusiasts of all ages.”
Entrance fee is $12 for adults and children are free. Parking is free and valet is available.
For more information and commemorative poster orders call 760-345-0042 or visit www.IndianWellsArtsFestival.com