Throughout the pandemic, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has worked to provide opportunities for local artists, one of the hardest hit industries. Now, as Arizona’s COVID cases approach their third consecutive month of decline, SAACA is hosting its biggest event since quarantine began over a year ago.
What was previously known as the Spring Festival of the Arts has been renamed the Spring Craft Market to reflect this year’s reduced capacity and narrower focus. Hosted by SAACA, the Spring Art Sale typically sees more than 160 artists and 30,000 attendees over the course of a weekend. But this year, the event will be reduced to just 30% of the capacity of the Oro Valley Marketplace, and will include 50 artists and
However, the central draw for the event remains the same: the community can stroll through pavilions filled with local art ranging from paintings and sculptures to ceramics, jewelry and more. The event will also feature food trucks, an information booth and music. Beyond buying works of art, the market offers locals the opportunity to discuss works of art with artisans.
“This is an opportunity that is so much needed right now for artists to showcase, showcase and sell their work,” said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez. “Our organization has a long history with Oro Valley, and a lot of our support comes from this region. So we have a lot of people who follow individual artists and they come to visit them at these festivals. It’s really important for them to be able to start selling again and making a living.
Marquez says that the artists who participate in these types of shows are not just amateur performers, but often make a living selling their work. Participants often travel between states to sell their works at other similar festivals, sometimes going to dozens of craft events across the country each year, almost all of which were canceled in 2020.
“You think of a visual artist, and it can be done anywhere, at home and then sold on Etsy,” Marquez said. “But the most typical profile of an artisan selling at a festival deals more with volume sales. The work they sell must have that personal connection to it. The great thing about all of these festivals is that you get to meet the artist, which is not usually the case when people are buying art. So now they will be able to have the opportunity to talk about their passionate work that they are creating, and also be able to interact again with their support base.
Due to the reduced capacity, there will be significantly fewer interstate performers at this event. SAACA estimates that 70% of exhibiting artists are from southern Arizona, 30% of artists are from the rest of the state, and maybe only one or two from New Mexico or California.
Participating artists include Alan Potter Ceramics, Melicia Phillips / Sonoran Sky Jewelry, Lupitas Metal Art, Melrose Macrame, CopperAnza Furnishings, 3D Wire Art, Twisted Beeswax Candles, Alan Magazine Photography and dozens more.
Beyond the performers, the event will feature “walking performances” of acoustic music to keep people from gathering around a stage, and instead of the typical interactive art tent, there will be art activities. free “take out” for all ages.
In addition to the reduced capacity at this outdoor event, social distancing, additional disinfection, distance between stalls and face masks will be imposed on market participants and vendors. This event is organized by SAACA in partnership with the town of Oro Valley and the Oro Valley Marketplace.
“Our number one priority during this time has been to provide new opportunities for artists, be it music, performing arts, visual artists going digital, whatever opportunities we can for them. “Marquez said. “And we plan to continue this theme over the next few years. “
Spring craft market
Saturday March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At Oro Valley Market, 12155 N. Oracle Road