As a city that has long been a haven for artists, it is no wonder that the Fiesta Arts Fair sees strong attendance each year.
This year, despite less than ideal rainy weather, hundreds of the city’s art lovers, artists, and other curious citizens strolled through the fairgrounds, browsing the high quality contemporary and traditional art and craftwork from more than 100 exhibitors.
Sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, ceramicists, and other creatives welcomed visitors to their booths and enthusiastically shared their inspirations behind each piece of work or engaged in friendly conversation. The children’s art area drew dozens who created paper crowns, ceramics, and mosaics to take home as keepsakes. Surely those children who take to the fair every year already have a strong collection of crafts as reminders of past Fiesta celebrations.
Whether visitors flock to the event, which is in its 43rd year, with the intention of purchasing a piece of art, or are simply trying something new, the fair is a great way to portray the wide array of creative talent in San Antonio.
Held at the Southwest School of Art along the River Walk, the fair features some of the city’s best artistic offerings, as well as live music and a variety Fiesta food and drinks. The unique, cultural environment maintained each year has lead the Fiesta Arts Fair to be ranked in the top 50 Fine Craft & Art Festivals in the nation by Art Fair Sourcebook.
All proceeds from the family-friendly event, which will take place again on Sunday, will go to the Southwest School of Art and its numerous educational programs.
Top image: A family works on creating a glass mosaic at one of the craft stations. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone