KINGMAN - Everyone in the area knows it as the annual Mother's Day Festival, and this year will be no different for the 35th Annual Festival of the Arts this weekend.
Sponsored by the Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation, the festival will feature about 50 artists and craftspeople from the area and neighboring states.
The money raised from vendor fees, which totaled about $6,000 last year, will go to the foundation, which funds local grants for teachers and scholarships for students.
"This is a very well-known art festival, and we like to feature local artists and craftspeople," said Mary K. Clark, director of the festival. "This brings art and culture to Kingman, and it's something the community looks forward to and enjoys.
"We have everything that's arts and crafts here. We run the gamut of things for sale, and they're all great gifts for Mother's Day."
The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Park.
The festival will feature a variety of high-quality artists and craftspeople, as well as live entertainment, food vendors, a wine garden and a Kids Corner, where youngsters can make crafts to give as gifts on Mother's Day.
Clark said the artwork available this year includes sculpture, paintings, etchings, metalwork and photography, while the craftwork includes jewelry, woodworking, handmade purses and bags, wind chimes and outdoor garden art. Several local bands and a belly-dancing troupe will provide live entertainment, and The Cellar Door will sell glasses of wine.
Catherine Hall-Disney, 53, was chosen as this year's featured artist for her kiln-fired earthenware Native American Pinto pony. Hall-Disney, who lives in Lake Havasu City, said Clark chose the pony because the area has a lot of horses, adding that the festival, which she has shown in for about five years, has been very good to her and the art pieces she brings to sell.
"There's not really a market in Lake Havasu City for my stuff, but in Kingman, I have no problem selling it," she said. "Kingman seems very receptive to the arts. The festival is a fantastic show and always has been. I make decent money there and the people I meet are very nice. I'm very excited to come back and have some really nice pieces to offer this year."
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
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The issue is parking and the ability of the vendors to get their items to their assigned area. Also, for Locomotive park, parking is again an issue as is allowing the vendors to unload to set up. Blocking the street cost money, dealing with ADOT. I thought this years event was well done. The Rotary is doing a great job with the event and can always use more volunteers. How about stepping up to help improve next years with your welcome ideas.
Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
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jack a. lope
it is a shame this was not moved back to Metcalf park as previously PROMISED.
it was to be moved out for one and possibly two years while LWHS was rebuilt.
Being downtown draws alot more people and is a much nicer environment, TREES and GRASS. If, as they say, there is not enough room, there is also Locomotive park.
this year was the smallest i have seen in at least 20 years