42nd Annual St. George Art Festival

 


42nd St. George Art Festival

Stephen Wade Auto Center is a proud sponsor of the 42nd annual St. George Art Festival. We were pleased to see the Festival come back this year after being canceled last year due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being unlike other years, the energy was indescribable; it was evident that many event-goers were excited to participate after the event's hiatus.


The 42nd Festival was held during Easter weekend from April 2nd–3rd, from 10 am–6 pm in the Historic Town Square. Since its inception in 1980, the St. George Art Festival has been a venue for celebrating artists' craft from all over the United States. Typically over 30,000 residents and visitors from the West come to the prestigious event. Organizers selected 110 nationally known painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, and sculptors to exhibit this year, although about 250 apply every year to showcase their art and win cash prizes.


Attendees enjoying the St. George Arts Festival


The City of St. George Leisure Services Department had safety at the forefront of their minds for returning without sacrificing the Festival's spirit. Attendees were required to wear masks, hand-sanitizing and washing stations were placed throughout the town square, and booths were set apart to allow for social distancing. The City even featured a virtual event held through EventHub alongside the in-person Festival for those who preferred to attend online. Artists were able to display and sell their work through the platform.


Festival-goers are welcome to enjoy a gallery of thousands of original works of fine art in a variety of different mediums such as


  • Ceramics/Pottery
  • Drawing/Pastel
  • Fiber/Wearable
  • Graphics/Printmaking
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Wood


Kids—also known as "budding artists"—can also get their start in art by participating in workshops with take-and-make crafts.


A wide range of mouth-watering cuisine is also available and smelled throughout the location. Attendees can choose food from different cultures such as Native American, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Polynesian, American, and many others. It's always a suitable and convenient time to "forget" you're on a diet if you're following one.


A red 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV at the West Stage

Of course, there's also live music throughout the entire event from its start to its end and on two different stages. We were thrilled to sponsor the West Stage!  A red 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV, courtesy of Stephen Wade Chevrolet, and a white 2021 Honda Civic Sedan, courtesy of Stephen Wade Honda, gladly performed "backup."  Diverse genres and musicians and dancers of all backgrounds took the stage—from country bands playing original music to incredible cloggers showcasing a folk dance that derives from Irish step dancing.  Here is a program of all who performed this year:


Festival Performers.  Courtesy of St. George Leisure Services


Thank you to the City of St. George for inviting us to sponsor the event, and thank you to Southern Utah for supporting the arts. We hope to be back again next year!

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