The Spring Art Festival Returns for a 32nd Year

These are actually functional lamps!
Photo by Osie Turner

This weekend brought the 32nd annual Spring Art Festival to Boulder City. This once a year event began in 1985 and has now grown into a sizable art festival drawing aficionados and potential buyers from all around the southwest.

There was a broad spectrum of artwork to be found at the festival. There were paintings as one would expect, but also sculptures, photography, and wood works as well. A barber shop quartet made an appearance, and a folk guitarist drew a small crowd with his renditions of classic Americana songs. There was a stage that seemed to be in the process of preparing for a performance but I left before that began. Unfortunately, the heat allergies took their toll quicker than I would have liked.

Dragons, dinosaurs, and demons were among the subjects of this talented sculptor.
Photo by Osie Turner

All of the artists seemed to be local to the Las Vegas area, and all of their works were of top quality. Much of the art was southwestern themed, but just as much of it was not. Each artist tent was unique and you didn’t know what to expect inside until you looked.

The Spring Art Festival was hosted by the Boulder City Art Guild, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting art in Southern Nevada. Proceeds from the event are used to raise funds for the group and to sponsor scholarships for young artists.

There didn’t seem to be a huge crowd at any one point but the visitors seemed very steady. The event organizers estimated that approximately 15,000 people passed through the park over the weekend and they had 130 artists in attendance, so there was a pretty impressive showing. Parking was easy and free.

The artist’s tents were well spaced and kept a good flow of foot traffic.
Photo by Osie Turner

The event was held at the Bicentennial Park in Historic Downtown Boulder City. Many of the town’s most notable landmarks were a short distance away, such as the Boulder Dam Hotel, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church—the oldest church in Boulder City—bordered the rear of the park, not to mention all of the various other buildings dating back to the days when Hoover Dam was under construction.

If you missed out on the Spring Art Festival, it is sure to return to Boulder City in 2018. There is an indoor Winter Artfest planned by the guild as well, but no dates are available just yet. Also remember that the Art In The Park festival is coming to Bicentennial Park (and will overflow into the surrounding parks as well) in October, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Go to bouldercityartguild.com for more about the organization as well as up to date info on future shows. Bicentennial Park is located at 999 Colorado St, Boulder City, Nevada.

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