About the Litchfield Native American Arts Festival:
City of Litchfield Park Website:
$8 adult, $5 senior(55+) and children 12 and under are admitted free.
Dates and Information:
DATES: January 9 & 10, 2009
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Litchfield Park Native American Art Festival - Review:
As we went from tent to tent, what we realized on this chilly Saturday, was that many artists had traveled from the snowy, icy north to display at this juried art show. They all had impressive backgrounds. We enjoyed hearing the histories of their lives, the development of their careers in art and viewing the awards they had won at previous shows across the nation.
We also realized that this was a unique experience. We were able to talk with well-known Native American artists, touch their art, and purchase pieces that were very unique. Without the art gallery middleman or the polished sales pitch, we benefited from the opportunity to speak with and learn from the people who crafted the art we enjoyed so much. Some artists lived in local suburbs, but many were from small communities and reservations in northern Arizona and New Mexico. Visitors who don't have the opportunity to travel to these places, benefited from the West Valley Arts Council's work to bring the artists to the Valley of the Sun.
The Litchfield Park Native American Art Festival is well-worth attending. It is a juried show and has a true festival atmosphere. You can enjoy entertainment and craft demonstrations as well as stroll from booth to both shopping for beautiful Native American crafts. And, when you want a break, you can stop by a food booth, pick up lunch, rest on a picnic bench.
Liz's Tip: When you go, go early. You will have a better chance to speak with the artists. Later in the day, things got crowded and it was difficult to approach some of the sales tables.