Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Oro Valley Marketplace Shopping Center will host a community-minded event that helps sustain Southern Arizonan artists, businesses and desert landscapes, textiles, photography, glass art, metal works, wood creations and more will delight a new shopping area — Oro Valley Marketplace — where an eco-friendly center meets local artists and preserved desert landscapes for Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, SAACA.
Oro Valley Marketplace outdoor mall, on the southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads, will host the free festival Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to the Marketplace can enjoy scenic mountain views, local artwork lined with popular stores, free adult massages, delicious food and kid’s activities — from balloon twisting to face painting and more.
Quail Lane Studios Featured Artists
Laurie Larwood and Shari Shamroth of Quail Lane Studios will exhibit blends of digital art with detailed photographs, presenting an art form they refer to as “digital poetry.” The two artists maintain five galleries through their website — including Southwest Mountains and Canyons, Sunrises and Sunsets in the Southwest, Cactus, Flowers and Prickly things, and At Waters Edge.
The Unusual Images and Wonderful Art gallery displays works of dream-like images, capturing elegant rarities and intriguing moods.
Karen Siggel of Glass Fire Designs creates jewelry from a “mesmerizing” medium that grew from an unlikely art material contributor — the aerospace and laser industries. Siggel has explored the use of dichroic glass in her jewelry-making, a type of glass that reflects colors in unusual ways and results in a magnificent visual character.
“The colors shift depending on the angle of view,” as written on Glass Fire Designs website. “Each one-of-a-kind piece is created by hand with pride and extreme attention given to detail, achieving vibrant color combinations, textures and depth making a unique elegance.”