INDIO – Celebrating its 27th year as one of the country’s premier art festivals, the 2013 Southwest Arts Festival® kicks-off on Friday, Jan. 25 running through Sunday, Jan. 26 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio. The Southwest Arts Festival is one of the area’s longest running, and a tradition with both Coachella Valley locals and visitors.
The Empire Polo Club is among the Coachella Valley’s “gems” with surrounding mountain views and expansive easy to navigate Festival grounds. On property parking is ample and affordable with easy in and out access.
Sponsored by the Indio Chamber of Commerce, the upcoming Festival features more than250 artists showing traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art and quality crafts. The Festival is a major internationally recognized cultural event. Its reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity make it one of the finest in the country for both artists and visitors.
Artists will be showcasing and selling their work in the following categories: Clay, Drawing, Glass, Jewelry, Metal Works, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and “Other Arts.” “We have a very diverse group of artists this year, including a number of new artists who have not participated in the Festival before,” said Shawnna Trombetta, Assistant Festival Manager.
This is a family friendly festival with art and activities for all ages. In addition to the art, there is a full schedule of entertainment on all three days and a variety of food offerings in the outdoor café area. For children, there will be the award winning S.C.R.A.P. Gallery (The Art Museum for the Environment), which will be open throughout the Festival. This is the fourth year the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery has been a part of the Festival and where, for no additional charge, children of all ages can indulge their creativity with art projects crafted from recyclable materials.
As the Indio Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser, they are exceptionally fortunate to have more than 150 community leaders and volunteers who contribute numerous hours to make certain that the Festival is successful.
For information visit www.southwestartsfest.com or phone 760-347-0676.
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27th Annual Southwest Arts Festival admission is $8, a 2-Day Pass: $12, Children 16 and Under-Free. No Dogs Allowed (Service Animals Excepted)
Empire Polo Club is located at 81-800 Avenue 51 in Indio. Parking-$5 (Monroe at Avenue 51) or Parking-$8 (Valet). Hours open daily – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photos courtesy of SW Arts Festival