The art of sustainable living will be showcased along with a wide array of visual and performing arts at the 38th annual Paseo Arts Festival.
“Learning how to raise your own food, learning how to take care of yourself, learning how to do things for yourself and learning how to take care of each ... is really important. So, that’s what we want to provide to people,” said Amy Young, co-founder and co-owner of SixTwelve, a community education center focused on the arts and sustainability.
SixTwelve, projected to open in autumn, will host an open house as well as an array of hands-on children’s activities and live entertainment during the Memorial Day weekend festival.
Along with two children’s areas, the Paseo Arts Festival will offer two additional live entertainment stages, more than 80 artist booths and 15 food vendors from Saturday through Monday in the historic Paseo Arts District, between NW 28 and Walker and NW 30 and Dewey.
More than 60,000 people attend the event each year. Although admission is free, it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Paseo Arts Association and helps fund events like the Magic Lantern Celebration and Fairy Ball. Sales of drink, T-shirts and posters at the festival benefit the association.
“It’s to basically fund so many of our community events that are going on, our children’s programs, working with Edgemere (Elementary) School. So it’s money that’s needed because we give it back to the community,” said festival chairman Collin Rosebrook, owner of Paseo Pottery.
As usual, Paseo Drive will be closed to vehicles and open to booths showcasing the work of artists from 15 states. Art lovers will be able to peruse a wide variety of paintings, photography, woodwork, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and more.
The 20 or so galleries and studios in the neighborhood, a sort of hidden gem renowned for its Spanish revival architecture, also will be open during the festival.
“This is one place in the city where there’s more galleries and more central focus of artists than anywhere else. So it really does help to just open the eyes of the public again to say, ‘Oh yeah, I remember Paseo,’” Rosebrook said.
The festival will offer continuous live musical entertainment on two stages, with all 50-plus acts on the lineup performing for free. Along with mainstays like Tarpley’s Tappers and guitarist Edgar Cruz, local musicians including Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin’ Chariots, Camille Harp and The Wurly Birds will keep the electric South Stage rocking until 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday.
The North Stage will feature acoustic performers such as Carter Sampson, Denver Duncan and North Meets South.