Description of the 60th Annual Kiwanis Art Fiesta held June 2nd & 3rd at the upscale Pavilions Shopping Center in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood of Sacramento.
Two friends and I decided to spend a few hours on Sunday, June 3, at the 60th Annual Kiwanis Art Fiesta. The Art Fiesta is held at the Pavilions Shopping Center located at Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue.
I make a point of attending the Art Fiesta every few years as it is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours – and you never know what treasures you may find.
The Art Fiesta is a charity event for Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis Club community service projects. Revenue from the show benefited disabled and disadvantaged children and adults in the Sacramento region – including: Just for Kids – helping children with a family member undergoing treatment for cancer, Drer Kelly Elementary School, Wellspring Women’s Center, Sacramento Crisis Nursery, Stanford House, Easter Seals, Sierra Arden Food Closet, and the Kiwanis Family House.
As it was predicted to be an unusually hot day we decided to arrive soon after the 9:30 a.m. start of the Art Fiesta – and we were glad we did.
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We arrived shortly after 10:00 a.m., and easily found a parking space. The Art Fiesta has free admission and free parking – but you can certainly expect that parking will be more of a challenge later in the day.
The Pavilions Shopping Center is a perfect venue for the Art Fiesta. The attractive large outdoor shopping center features plenty of parking, covered sidewalks, lots of trees, and outdoor seating scattered around the clean and well-maintained premises.
As we made our way slowly around the booths we admired the varied forms of art. We picked up a map and the list of the 2018 Art Fiesta artisans. The map and list revealed that 103 artisan booths were scattered around seven of the shopping center buildings.
There were a wide variety of mediums represented including:
- pencil drawings
- water-color and oil paintings
- wearable art (clothing)
- pottery and ceramics
- art glass
- wood art
- mosaic art
- fabric art
- moss art
- garden art
My friend commented on, and I agreed, that jewelry artisans were very well represented. The Art Fiesta also featured live musical entertainment in the shade near Piatti’s.
The Pavilions Shopping Center is home to several restaurants, and taking a break for a relaxing lunch was also on our agenda. After considering the possibilities (Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Piatti Ristorante & Bar, Café Bernardo, Wildwood Kitchen & Bar) we settled on the Wildwood Kitchen & Bar.
After lunch and some additional shopping it started to heat up, so we decided to call it a day. I don’t believe we covered every booth – but it was close enough.
If you have not attended the Kiwanis Art Fiesta previously you may want to consider doing so at some point in the future. Any purchase you make at the Art Fiesta is a win-win-win – for you, the artisans, and local charities.
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