“Mole’s Eye View” by Photographer Nancy Roux selected for annual poster image

The Southwest Arts Festival, Indio 2017 has announced that it has expanded its annual art Festival to now run for four days, Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29, 2017, which will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Sponsored by CBS Local 2, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Indio, the four-day family friendly Festival will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, and admission will be $10 for seniors, $12 for general admission, $15 for a four-day pass (which includes parking) and free for children 14 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Indio Visitors Bureau at 760-347-0676.

In addition, the Festival has selected the image and artist that it will showcase on its collectable poster for the annual art event. “Mole’s Eye View,” a circular photograph by artist Nancy Roux, will be featured on the signature poster of the 2017 Festival. A tradition of the Festival since 1987, the poster will be unveiled during a short reception at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the 3rd Annual Dinner Under the Glow, a fundraising event organized by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce. This event will take place at Silver Rock Resort, located at 79179 Abmanson Lane in La Quinta CA. Roux, who will be honored at the reception, will also sign a limited number of posters that will be available for sale.

“The Southwest Arts Festival is one of the finest celebrations of the arts in the country, and attracts world-class artists that represent a diverse range of media,” said Joshua Bonner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Each year we receive a large number of submissions to represent the Festival on our poster. This year, our jury selected a stunning photographic work that not only captures the imagination in a 360-degree rotating desertscape, but also demonstrates the breadth of excellent artwork our attendees will discover at the Festival. This image will appeal not only to poster collectors, but to art and photography enthusiasts.”

Each year the Southwest Arts Festival continues to attract a high caliber of talented artists who offer unique and original artwork. It has been expanded to run 4 days and will feature traditional, contemporary, and abstract fine works of art by more than 250 acclaimed artists. Categories include clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile, and other arts. Interactive art displays and demonstrations pottery, glass blowing and fine art painting will take place throughout the Festival’s four days. Visitors may also enjoy live music and a variety of food and beverage options while casually walking the grounds.


About the Featured Artist

Nancy Roux is a fine art photographer whose technique and style represent a radical departure from conventional photography. Just as a painter creates artwork with brush and canvas, Nancy creates artwork with a camera. She has excelled in capturing subjects best described as “abstracts in nature” – texture studies and macro compositions of natural materials such as tree bark and leaves, wood grain, florals, succulents, stone and water.  Her bold use of color and imaginative composition proves to be intriguing to both art enthusiasts and collectors alike. Her work has been exhibited at a large number of prestigious Southern California fine art shows.

About the Festival

Southwest Arts Festival, Indio 2017 is a nationally recognized cultural event one and of the area’s largest and longest-running juried art festivals. It has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by Travel Magazine and named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. Its reputation for first-class quality and professional integrity has given the Festival international acclaim. Last year the Festival drew record numbers of attendees and featured more than 240 professional artists from around the world.

It is one of largest annual fundraisers that support several Coachella Valley based non-profits. More than 200 community leaders and volunteers work together to contribute numerous hours to ensure its success.

The Festival is located at the spectacular Empire Polo Club, a premier event destination and home of the world-renowned Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. CBS Local 2, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Indio are Title Sponsors of the event.

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