Easter Fun for Art Lovers

Mar 3, 2018 | Press and Media

Ring in Spring at the 16th annual Indian Wells Art Festival!

Next weekend you’ll find a new kind of treasure hunt with fun and delights for the whole family at the 16th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival.  Transforming the world-class Indian Wells Tennis Garden into a lively artisan’s village, festival-goers will be treated to fine art from 200 top artists across 28 mediums of art ranging from painting, jewelry, fashion, sculpture and photography.

Adding to the experience are artist demonstrations in large-scale stone sculpture, glassblowing and ancient Zapotec Indian textile weaving; live music and foodie satisfaction with a Saturday and Easter Sunday “Eggs + Champagne in the Garden” brunch menu ‘till noon as well as the ever popular Champagne Circle Bar; and, free hands-on art activities including pottery-making, a commemorative photo booth, muraling, a kids palette-knife painting class and more.

Ranked a Top 50 fine art festival in the nation, artists travel from as far as Japan, France and Uganda to showcase their work amidst the beautiful backdrop of Indian Wells in full springtime bloom. In all, the Indian Wells Arts Festival juried artists represent more than 28 countries from around the world and 20 states across the nation, whose works have been exhibited at over 60 major museums and art institutions including the Smithsonian, the U.S. Department of the Interior Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Japan’s Kyoto Museum. The diversity of art and its origin of perspective shown at the festival creates a unique opportunity to connect with artists and acquire museum-caliber work at an affordable price that is often out of reach on the other side of the world or exclusive to galleries.

Not to be missed are the incredible San Diego artists selected for year’s festival. Pottery-maker Jackson Gray will showcase her sgraffito carved ceramic stoneware. Donating a portion of her artwork sales to organizations and shelters for the protection and welfare of animals is award-winning painter Marna Schindler whose vibrant acrylic paintings have been featured at the San Diego Zoo. And, just landed in San Diego’s Little Italy from Kazakhstan are artists Akzhana Abdalieva and Maxim Maximov who will bring their bold paintings, rich with emotion and empowering of the female form.

Appeasing for all palates is the festival’s Gourmet MarketPlace, showcasing original production artisan fare from vendors such as Indiana-based Burton’s Maplewood Farm 100% Pure Maple Syrup featuring rum, bourbon and brandy barrel-aged syrup infusions, to hometown artisan Wildest Greens’ health-minded products such as honey and Hawaiian Red Turmeric root flown in weekly from their own Secret Beach Organics farm in Kauai.

Presented by the City of Indian Wells, the 16th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival is hosted by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and held on the venue’s Grass Concourse (Enter from Washington Street at Via Sevilla, between Highway 111 and Fred Waring Drive, Indian Wells, California), open Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children are free to the event, adults $13. Free parking and valet available. For more information, visit