Festival De Arts Celebrates 24 Years

Annual East Cape art show is March 19

Are your walls looking a little bare? Wishing you had a few more objects d’art to liven up your decor? Well then, we know right where to send you shopping. The 2017 East Cape Annual Festival De Artes will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the Hotel Palmas de Cortez in Los Barriles. Admission is free.

Organized by the East Cape Art Association, this is the 24th year for the event. Vendors will be showing their works in just about every medium possible: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pottery, wood, glass, fabric, flowers, silver, gold and precious stones. The association says it works hard to make sure that all of the artists design and create their original works so you know you are getting an original, hand-crafted piece that’s actually made by the person in the booth selling it to you. That means your chances of getting a fake, mass-produced piece, or something that came out of a Cracker Jack box, something  that you could easily get somewhere in the States, are slim.

And after you work up an appetite looking at all that art, head on over to the food court. Sounds like you should show up hungry, because Palmas Carne Asada Taco Stand, the German Sausage Ladies from LaPaz, El Rincon and Seth's Panaderia will all be there, for starters. There will also be a full bar so you can enjoy a few cold beverages while you browse the artists’ booths. And there will be entertainment, too! This year, the festival is focusing on folkloric dancing, with a dance troupe from La Paz and students from the local schools performing traditional Mexican dancing.

Art, food, drinks, dancing … What more could you ask for? Oh! The auction and the raffle! This how the festival gets the majority of its proceeds. The silent auction will run throughout the day, and the raffle will be drawn around 3 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to claim their prizes, so you can fall out early. Prizes include golf packages, fishing trips and house rentals.

Proceeds from the festival go towards supporting the community activities the association provides. These include buying arts and education supplies for 14 East Cape schools, local artist studio tours and Saturday arts and crafts lessons at the DIF for the local children. The association is also a sponsor of the Cursos de Verano (Courses of Summer) program, which annually hosts more than 80 East Cape elementary and secondary school-age children. The three-week program provides sports activities including volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, and swimming.

Booth space is limited, but it is still available for interested artists. The booth fee is $30 USD if paid in advance. If space is available on the day of the event, then the fee bumps up to $40. Artists can register in advance at: Homes And Land Of Baja in downtown Los Barriles; the Los Barriles Community Market in the new park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Michelle; and Baja Books And Maps in San Jose. If you still have questions, email festivaldeartes24@gmail.com for more information.