THIS Saturday, March 19th
Spring is unofficially upon us, marking the imminent departure of our Coachella Valley Snowbird population as they head to cooler climates. But not to worry. There is still one last Art Under the Umbrellas Saturday to enjoy together that will wrap up La Quinta Arts Foundation’s 34th successful season of Promoting and Cultivating the Arts. This wildly popular series will conclude on March 19, 2016 at Old Town La Quinta, where the spirit and architecture of Old California is brought to life in a chic outdoor shopping and dining village. Event hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of complimentary parking available throughout the Village area.
Almost half of the 80 exhibitors scheduled to participate will be direct from La Quinta Arts Festival which concluded earlier this month giving Coachella Valley art lovers one last opportunity to view and purchase artwork from these highly respected artists, along with a wealth of other talented Art Under the Umbrellas exhibitors, before they all hit the road for the summer art festival circuit. Two of these marvelous Festival exhibitors are being spotlighted as Featured Artists for the March 19th Art Under the Umbrellas event.
Marcus Thesing – Glass (Laguna Beach)
Born and raised in Southern California, Thesing apprenticed with master glassblower John Barber in Laguna Beach for three years to explore the medium and assist him in making works of art. Marcus stayed on with Barber for six more years to develop his skills before going out on his own to design his own work in his own glassblowing studio.
Marcus’s love for nature has very much influenced his artwork, and through developing his own line of work, nature played a big part in color patterns, and in shapes of the glass, together forming a very organic look. He states, “Keeping the fluidity of the glass in my forms has always been a focus. The layers of glass, color, and negative space invite the viewer to discover the lines created not only outside, but inside the form.”
Victor & Yaneth Yurivilca – Jewelry (Cathedral City)
Master jewelry designer Victor Yurivilca is of Peruvian Incan descent. He works with his wife Yaneth to create remarkable jewelry combining sterling silver with various stones and shells from around the world. Whether it is a pair of earrings, a ring, a pendant or a bracelet, he devotes himself completely to the challenge of working out each unique design. For him, knowing precisely when each piece is complete and ready to be let go, is the joy and the challenge of his expression.
“I wait for the right time to create,” Victor explains, “the moment when I’m filled with good moods and full of energy. It is with this energy, the reason I feel a connection to every piece. The work truly comes from inside me.”
Back in action will be the high energy Steve Madaio Band, featuring Bobby O’Connor on keyboards, and the super engaging Horace Miller, who always has his fans dancing in the street. Art Under the Umbrellas patrons will have the whole day to shop the artist booths and visit Old Town La Quinta’s sophisticated boutiques and popular restaurants, highlighted by Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant is another great dining option located a few blocks off site.
SO … COME ON OUT … MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS … AND DO NOT MISS this last chance to spend a cultural and fun Saturday under the clear blue skies of Art Under the Umbrellas. Old Town La Quinta is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south, go west on Calle Tampico two blocks; Old Town La Quinta will be on the left. For more information visit LQAF.com or call 760-564-1244.