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Art in the Park festival set for Saturday
Art in the Park

Art in the Park – an alfresco fine art festival featuring live music, art exhibits and children’s attractions – will bloom inside the City’s Gateway Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 12.

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.

Music will fill the park, featuring performances by the Gwen Sisters and Radical Rewind.

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 a soda and spirits booth serving signature mimosas, bloody Caesars, and prickly pear margaritas, for adults who are at least 21 years of age.

“This year we’ve added live music to the event and have planned a fun lounge area in front of the stage with umbrellas and giant bean bags,” said the City’s Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “We’ve also built up our collection of lawn games and are excited to bring out a giant chess set, croquet and badminton, in addition to our favorites like Cornhole. There is also a bigger kid’s zone this year with jumpers, face-painting and make-and-take craft stations.”

Gateway Park, located off of 1st Street and Gila Street, provides a fitting backdrop with the Colorado River and historic Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, as 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.

Participating artists include: Louise Aceves-Valdez, Gail Arceneaux, Julia Aubrey, Tania Bolin, Ann Marie Brown, Desiree Byrd, Bruce Burton, Joanna Cardenas, Ty Cook, Kimberly Dickerson, Nathan Downing, Lydia Flores, Debbie Grygier, Holly Hendrick, Sandie Hynes, Pamela Jones, Tyler Ledwell, Linda Lerma, Teresa Mallett, Diane Owen, Steven Phillippi, Judy Phillips, Teresa Roman, Monica Schurts-Truer, Rebecca Taylor, Sandra Thomas, Debra Vasquez, Alane Wafford, and Mark Wall.

“It’s a great day to spend outside in one of Yuma’s most beautiful parks and you can meet with artists, play games, listen to music, indulge in a tasty beverage and snack, and let the kids have a blast all for just $1 per person,” Benacka said.

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.

The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, please contact the Yuma Art Center at (928) 373-5202.