Espanola Valley Arts Festival Set For Saturday And Sunday, Features Art, Local Music And Cultural Dancers


The 37th Annual Espanola Valley Arts Festival honoring its handmade history takes place on Sept. 24 and 25. at the Plaza de Española Convento from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.   The festival will feature artists that will showcase their work.   A wide variety of art mediums and styles such as, woodwork, metal, glass, sculpture, pottery, contemporary clay, weaving, furniture, fabric art, photography, retables, bultos, tinwork, jewelry, acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings will be on display. 

Art in all its forms will be participating. The two-day family event will have food vendors and a full packed day of local live music and cultural dance performances. A low-rider car show will be on display on Sunday Sept. 24.   There will also be an Arts Kidz Zone with fun art activities for kids of all ages.  Artists will be demonstrating their art medium so kids have hands on experience.  Sylvia Jaramillo will be presenting Ballard Pottery Classes on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.

Kicking off the festival will be a reception announcing the category winners of the Arts Festival and will take place on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Plaza de Española Convento from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  We encourage youth of all ages (all children to 17 years of age) to submit a drawing for a poster ribbon award on Friday, Sept. 23 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Espanola Plaza Convento. 

 “Española Valley Arts Festival brings together art in all its forms and of all ages,” said Española Valley Arts Festival President, Manny Martinez.  “Our renowned artists will be participating as well as new artists so it’s a great time to support the entire art community.  Our artistic forms of expression interweave just like our cultural roots do.”

The public is encouraged to come and vote the Peoples Choice Award designating their favorite artist.  This is a no-fee family event so bring your lawn chairs, umbrellas and sun screen and enjoy 2-days of art, dance and music.