WHAT: 25th Annual Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival
WHEN: January 14th and 15th, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Old Litchfield Road (South of Wigwam Boulevard) and on the lawn of the Litchfield Park Branch Library, 101 West Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
The 25th Anniversary of The Litchfield Park Gathering: Native American Fine Arts Festival, is being observed with a change of venue. When it’s staged Saturday and Sunday, the festival featuring the work of about 100 Native American artists will be in the center of downtown Litchfield Park.
The decision to eliminate the festival’s gate fee this year should also help draw a crowd close to 6,000 or more during the event.
Those attending will find artists from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, California and Washington showing and selling work, including paintings, pottery, Kachina carvings, jewelry, weaving and clothing. Artists have to be members of Native American tribes and must submit an applications and photos of their work before being selected by the festival committee. The event will include a mix of new and returning artists. About a dozen artists will demonstrate their work during the festival.
Entertainers will include guitarists, flute players, drum players and storytellers, along with performances by Moontee Sinquah, a two-time world champion hoop dancer, and his sons, Sampson and Scott. Miss Indian Arizona, Shaandiin Parish of the Navajo tribe, will make an appearance at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Food at the event will include a mix of festival and Native American fare, including fry bread and kettle corn.
The event will kick off with a pre-festival reception and concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wigwam, with a performance by the Grammy Award-winning R. Carlos Nakai Quartet. The pre-festival event will also feature a display of winning artwork from the festival’s juried art competition.
Tickets to the reception and concert are $25 and available through eventbrite.com or at the Litchfield Park Recreation Center, 100 S. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.