The Desert Ridge Plein Air Painting Festival provides a unique opportunity for artists to create original painted artworks live and in the open air, capturing the essence of a vibrant retail and community space while shoppers can watch and enjoy. Over 20 artists will compete in the painting competition with cash prizes and a chance to become part of the official Desert Ridge Plein Air Gallery. Presented by Vestar Properties (Desert Ridge Marketplace) and the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts,
Additional activities include a Youth Plein Air competition, free painting activities for kids, onstage drawing and painting workshops, and an auction of previous festival paintings. So this makes it a family event, bring the kids.
Contemporary Plein air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. This art form requires stamina, focus and the ability to be completely absorbed in their work regardless of their surroundings.
The Desert Ridge Plein Air Festival festival provides unique opportunities for community-driven creative experiences in public spaces. SAACA supports this unique art approach to expand opportunities for local artists to exhibit, develop and showcase their craft in the community while simultaneously giving youth and emerging artists the opportunity to participate in the arts in a new way. It’s a great opportunity for everyone, shoppers, and spectators as well.
Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am -5:00 pm