The same Art Festival people have attended for 13 years moves from spring to new fall dates in 2013. “We realized the weather is more pleasant and predictable in the fall,” said Art in Kayenta spokesperson Gayle Bray. The desert colors are breathtaking in October, and the canyons and red rocks will provide a gorgeous backdrop for a fine Art Festival such as this.”
More than 50 juried artists representing ceramics, wood, painting, photography, jewelry and textiles will be showcasing their talents in booths throughout the three day event.
An Art in Kayenta Festival favorite, the live action Quick Draw competition will take place during the festival on Saturday, Oct. 12. In 90 minutes, artists will exhibit their skills and personal creative process under pressure to produce original works of art. Beginning with a blank canvas at 2 p.m., artists will paint shoulder-to-shoulder in a roped-off, tented area as spectators circle, cheer, photograph and witness the artistic process unfold. Thirteen artists have been selected to work against the clock after which the finished pieces will be sold at a live auction at 4 p.m.
Quick Draw artists scheduled to participate this year are: Edward Hlavka, Spike Ress, Kate Starling, Jeff Ham, Ginny Norcott, Aimee Bohnam, Janet Tenneson-McCarty, Bonnie Conrad, L’Deane Trueblood, Sara Straw, Sang Choi, Michelle Deaderick and Russell Black.
Additionally, an ongoing silent auction with over 30 works of art will take place during the festival. With artwork and bidding forms on display in the Coyote Gulch Art Village, closing of bids and announcement of winners will take place Sunday afternoon.
The Art In Kayenta Festival will feature live entertainment and performances throughout the event, and food vendors will be on site for Festival patrons.
Proceeds for the three-day festival will benefit Kayenta Arts Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, dedicated to creating an environment that fosters diverse artistic endeavors for educational and enrichment purposes.
For more information, or for an artist participant application, contact Tami Hlavka (435) 237-2051, or visit kayentaartsfoundation.com.