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Art in Kayenta Festival Is Calling

A mid-October free art festival at Kayenta Art Village with views of the Red Mountain

Article by JJ Abernathy with Miranda Wright

Photography by Alan Holben Photography

Originally published in St George City Lifestyle

Every October, thousands of art enthusiasts and families make their way to Kayenta Art Village for the annual three-day free art festival in Ivins.

“The Art in Kayenta Festival has a long and vibrant history here in southern Utah,” says Miranda Wright, executive director at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. “We are so thrilled to bring the festival into its 23rd year.”

Not only do festival goers enjoy spectacular art, but they are also treated to stunning desert vistas, culinary delights from festival vendors, a beer and wine garden, live music and Kayenta's own delicious Xetava Café and Tapas Bar.

Guests may visit a collection of 46 juried regional and national artists whose original artwork of all categories will be on view and available, including ceramics, drawings, textiles, printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, painting, photography, sculpture and wood carving. This year's festival will include many returning artists, along with 10 first-time artists.

According to Miranda, accepted artists will be traveling from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and across Utah with their fine art.

Says Kayenta Arts Foundation Chair, Rob Goodman, “The quality of art and extent of creative expression at the festival is extraordinary. Combined with the Kayenta Art Village setting and the backdrop of the Ivins Red Mountain, it is truly a special experience.”

The Art in Kayenta Festival hosts a silent auction featuring original work from the artists and offerings from local businesses. Festival guests have the exclusive opportunity to bid on selected pieces. Proceeds benefit the Center for the Arts at Kayenta and the performing arts in southern Utah.

“Art in Kayenta promises to be a fun and rewarding weekend activity for long-time residents of Washington County as well as visitors to the area. The quality of art will be phenomenal, and you truly can't beat Kayenta's views," says Miranda.

The festival will be held Friday through Sunday, October 13‒15, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, and closing at 7 p.m. The festival opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,

For more information visit kayentaarts.org.

Kayenta Arts Village is located at 881 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins

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