Cacti, Corn on the Cob and Art in the Park

One of the better art festivals in area is Art in the Park in Boulder City. It also one of the largest juried art festivals in the Southwest. I haven’t been in close to 7 years, and not only did I make the arduous journey, I brought my husband and my chocolate lab Jedi. I assumed I would get complaints from both during the day but it turned out to be nice weather, good eats and a happy adventure for everyone.

Cactus Art – Saguaro by Desert Steel

This year it was way more organized than years past, with parking at the old airport and a shuttle to take you over to the park. They have a “Fine Arts” section that separates the sculpture and more established artisans from the more craftsy booths.

Highlights included:

  • Fine jewelry made from antique watches.
  • Crazy bird marionettes that I remember from childhood.
  • Newsprint collage art.
  • Painter who uses old window panes as his canvas.
  • Fresh lemonade.
  • Roasted corn on the cob.
  • Fancy Jerky.
  • Full-scale metal Cacti, of which I really want a giant Agave for my front yard.
  • Lots of old guys with wizard level walking sticks – new fashion trend?
  • Ceramics of all sorts from bright bold glazes to subtle hand-stamped Asian-influenced.

There were a lot of cool things to see and I definitely recommend checking it out next time around. Jedi was pretty much a super star, getting us stopped every 5ft to be gushed at and fawned over.

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