Expanding to a second day this year, Art in the Park – an alfresco fine art festival featuring live music, art exhibits and children’s attractions – takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12, at Gateway Park, 1st Street and Gila Street in downtown Yuma.
Attendees are invited to view and purchase a wide variety of art displays and to mingle with local and regional artists. Admission into the park for this event is $1 per person, and free for children 6 and younger. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Additionally, nearly 20 live performances will take place featuring everything from poetry readings, theatrical performances and music ranging from solo acoustic musicians to the Yuma Art Center’s 2019 Battle of the Bands champion, THP.
Fun activities will be set up for children, such as jumping houses, face painting, and hands-on artistic activities.
Food vendors will have plenty of lunch or snack items for sale, as well as beverages that include mimosas.
Art in the Park is modeled after Georges Seurat's famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” which features Parisians enjoying a leisurely afternoon along the water.
“Art in the Park is one of our favorite events put on by the Yuma Art Center each year,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “Gateway Park is such a beautiful space on its own that the event offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of Yuma’s treasures, all while taking in a wide variety of local visual and performing arts. We are also excited to have two stages with nearly three times the amount of performances we’ve ever had an at event.”
Participating artists include: Julia Aubrey, Tania Bolin, Ty Cook, Nathan Downing, Sandra Hynes, Tyler Ledwell, Lizette Lopez, Edda Marshall, Diane Owens, Scott Phillippi, Judy Phillips, Johanna Raupe, Dinora Ruiz, Zuki Sarabia, Brittnie Thompson, Desirii Tsinnijinnie, and Mark Wall.
Entrance to Gateway Park can be made through its main parking lot, accessed via the driveway northeast of the intersection of 1st Street and Gila Street, or via the lots east of Pivot Point and the ghost train exhibit at the north end of Madison Avenue. If both lots fill, visitors can park in the main downtown parking lots and look for shuttle service between those lots and the park.
Art in the Park is made possible by the generosity of sponsors, especially including the Cocopah Indian Tribe and AEA Federal Credit Union.
The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, please contact the Yuma Art Center at (928) 373-5202.