By Gitzel Puente. CREATED Mar 5, 2014
LA QUINTA - From 50 artists in 1982 to 234 now, the La Quinta Arts Festival gets bigger and better every year. The 32nd annual show is underway at the city's civic center park.
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event, which starts on Thursday.
It's the first year that the festival is ranked number one Fine Craft Festival in the nation and the second consecutive year that's ranked the number one Fine Art Festival by the Art Fair Sourcebook.
"We're proud to be designated number one both in fine arts and fine crafts. That's an unprecedented designation not received by any art show ever," says Christi Salamone, the executive director of the festival.
In town for the festival is Greg Lawler, the founder and publisher of Art Fair Sourcebook. He tells KMIR how the art show in La Quinta got to the top.
"We rate and ranked the shows based on the average sales per exhibitor in the most recent year and this one came out number one," explains Lawler.
More than 234 artists are displaying their best work at the festival, most of them traveling from out of state. One of the traveling artists is painter, Teresa Saia, who participates every year.
"I'm from Seattle, so I love coming down here this time of year to have the sunshine," says Saia, "The volunteers are fabulous. The people that run the show are fabulous."
Many of the vendors like Saia say that besides the sunshine, the location of the arts festival with the ponds, palm trees and vast greenery is not one to disappoint the clientele.
From picturesque paintings, elegant sculptures and fine jewelry to live entertainment, food and drinks, Salamone says that the festival is worth the price.
"Whether, you're a beginning collector or a long-time collector, you're going to find something to enjoy and appreciate here," says Salamone, adding that the event is also a charity.
Some of the proceeds go toward education. The La Quinta Arts Festival has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships to students pursuing an education in the visual arts.
Prices to attend are $12 for adults, $15 for a multi-day pass and free for children under 12.
You may purchase tickets at the gate or in advance on this website.
Free parking is also available in the Village of La Quinta, along with paid valet and self-parking options.