Festival de Artes in Los Barriles: the 25th Anniversary

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By Christine Courtright

The 25th Anniversary of the Festival de Artes in Los Barriles will be Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 10am – 4pm and is an event that is 25 years in the making! Festival de Artes in Los Barriles is one of the longest, if not the longest, continuously running art shows in the Baja Sur, and for sure one of the largest and greatest!

It all started with a group of artists who needed a place to sell their art. One of the artists lived in Juanito’s Garden neighborhood, so that was the chosen spot. The park was centrally located and there was plenty of space for artists to set up their exhibits. April 1, 1993 was the preferred day and planning began. The mother’s club from the Los Barriles Elementary School provided the food so they could earn some money for one of the school projects and they were thrilled with the money they made. The word was put out to the communities throughout the area, including Todos Santos, Los Cabos and La Paz and was able to get several Mexican artists from Santiago, Miraflores and Agua Caliente. We even had the group of Folkloric Dancers from La Paz to perform.

After that first Festival, we sat back and said, “Hey, the festival was a success and it is a great idea, lets do it again!” And off they went.

It was the same group of artists that formed Asociación de Artes del Mar Cortez, an official Mexican Non-Profit corporation that supports art, art and school supplies in the local schools. Then, in the elementary schools, art was not taught, and there was no money for supplies even if they wanted to do projects. It is money generated from raffles and the silent auction from the festival that helps support this project to this day!

Now, 25 years later, the festival has the same basic format – Art, Food, Beer and Entertainment. We have over 120 vendors with original art mediums such as oil, acrylic, water color, fabric, pottery, silver & precious stones, leather, wood, glass and a combination of all! Enjoy the creations of other artists with fabric, flowers, silver, gold and precious stones in designs like no other. We strive to ensure that our artists design and create their original works so that you know you are getting an original handcrafted piece directly from artist to you!

The smells coming from the food court will tantalize you with the famous Palmas Carne Asada Taco Stand, hamburgers from San Antonio Gourmet Burgers and Pizza, the Sausage Ladies and the ice will be crackling in the beverages from our bar that is second to none!

While you are taking a break with your food and cold drink, you will be entertained with traditional folkloric Mexican dancing from the elementary, secondary and high schools in Los Barriles. We will also be honored to have the folkloric dancers from La Paz coming to entertain us with traditional Mexican dancing. The entertainment will be every hour starting at 10:30am.

We have also stepped up our game with our raffle and silent auction. You will be able to bid on a variety of packages including fishing trips, hotel stays in Toto Santos, Los Barriles, La Paz and Cabo Pulmo, golf packages, guided tours, quad rentals, multi-day expeditions, whale watching, jewelry, paintings, shopping trips, dinner packages and our stuffed raffle baskets – and that is just to start. The raffle and auction is a great opportunity to save some money on the things you are going to buy anyways, and help out the kids in doing so.

This is the Asociación de Artes largest fundraiser and we have gone out of our way to ensure that there is something that everyone will enjoy! For more informtion, head to our website www.eastcapearts.com.

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