43rd Annual St. George Arts Festival showcases talent and welcomes visitors from across the West – St George News
CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — The 43rd Annual St. George Art Festival will take place over Easter weekend, April 15-16, in St. George’s Town Square.
“The St. George Art Festival celebrates 43 years of incredible art, music, dance, food and entertainment, and is recognized as one of the best festivals in the West,” said Shane Moore, director of City of St. George Recreation Services. “We are thrilled to bring this world-renowned event to artists and attendees.”
More than 110 nationally acclaimed painters, potters, jewelers, photographers and sculptors in glass, bronze, steel and fabric have been selected to exhibit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There will be food for all tastes, three performance stages and a children’s art space to complete the festival. This great Southern Utah tradition returns to the beautiful Town Square in historic downtown St. George.
The St. George Art Festival began 43 years ago, showcasing the many artists who call St. George home. Over the years, it has grown to include over 110 artists selected from hundreds of entries from across the United States. This festival has a regional appeal for both artists and festival-goers. Featuring thousands of original works of art, the festival is punctuated with pageantry, music and food.
Townspeople and visitors from across the West converge in beautiful St. George on Easter weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The festival takes place in the beautiful town square, the centerpiece of the historic district. The festival is known for its consistently outstanding artwork and goes out of its way to send the message to artists that they are valued and valued guests.
St. George’s mild, sunny climate is particularly suited to this outdoor event. The works are exhibited in stands designed individually by each artist. The many art categories accepted include watercolors, oils, pottery, sculpture, photography, carpentry, and other creations. The show offers cash prizes for best in show, best 2D and best 3D as well as ribbons for all categories.
In addition, the work of an artist is selected each year to adorn the poster for the following year. This star artist receives free entry to the festival.
The festival also celebrates the performing arts with ongoing entertainment on three separate stages. The distinctive aroma and flavors of ethnic food can be found throughout the show, including Native Americans, Greeks, Mexicans, Italians, Polynesians, Americans, BBQs and many more.
Plus, a kids’ area provides hands-on creative opportunities for budding artists. A platform of craft projects, games, puppets, wild hairstyles, face painting and fun will tickle the creative imagination of the youngest attendees.
Performers and visitors are urged to make reservations well in advance as accommodations throughout the county fill up quickly. Greater Zion, the local travel and tourism agency, has a website to help visitors find rooms. You can book directly from their site here.
The St. George Art Festival is produced by the City of St. George Recreation Services Department, which can be reached at 435-627-4500 or [email protected]. For detailed information, maps and the 2022 artist lineup, go to SGArtFestival.com.
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