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Litchfield, Arizona Native Arts Festival

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Copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose

About the Litchfield Native American Arts Festival:

Experience the West Valley's premier Native American Arts Festival and share in the lives of more than 200 award-winning artists! Peruse a fabulous selection of traditional and modern masterpieces including jewelry, pottery, basketry, weaving, katsinas, painting, beadwork and more while you celebrate the cultures and traditions of the Native Southwest. Enjoy authentic foods, artist demonstrations, and not-to-be missed musical performances and traditional dancing. Held annually in January.

Location:

Scout Park - 200 W Fairway Dr, Litchfield Park, AZ. Area Map

Hours:

10AM - 5PM - Saturday and Sunday.

City of Litchfield Park Website:

The City of Litchfield Park hosts the Litchfield Native American Arts Festival.

Ticket Prices:

TICKETS (available for purchase at the gate):
$8 adult, $5 senior(55+) and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Dates and Information:

The Annual West Valley Invitational Native American Arts Festival
DATES: January 9 & 10, 2009
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

Photos:

These are photos from our previous visits. When possible we list contact information for the artists.

Litchfield Park Native American Art Festival - Review:

We approached the festival first thing on Saturday. It was an unusually chilly day for this desert community yet the festival was alive with excitement and color. Artists shivered but graciously explained their work, their technique, and their backgrounds.

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.

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