Chico Art Festival makes comeback for Mother’s Day weekend – The Orion


The Chico Visible Art Alliance (ChiVAA) has introduced the return of its annual Chico Artwork Festival. Formerly identified as Artwork at the Matador, the event will showcase community creative exhibitions and boost neighborhood artwork initiatives.

The 2022 Chico Artwork Festival will mark its initial return since 2018. ChiVAA was unable to manage occasions from 2019 via 2021 because of to disruptions from the Camp Fireplace and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The competition will be held Friday, May 6 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Could 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Are living new music, dances and art exhibitions will be highlighted through the two times of the occasion. Practically 50 artists will have a specified area to promote and display their perform.

“There are so numerous local artists who have no place to be observed by the public and this presents them an possibility to showcase their talent,” ChiVAA President Cynthia Sexton explained.

The Friday festival will open with an night gala and feature two stay tunes acts. Acoustic rock trio The Wrecktangles and the jazz team Swing Set will every participate in two-hour sets throughout the gala ceremony. 

“The principal aspect of the Gala Opening is that visitors will have the best decide on of art from exhibitors,” ChiVAA member Dolores Mitchell stated. “It will also be a charming way to invest a Friday evening with are living tunes, artwork routines for little ones, the printing of t-shirts, a foodstuff truck and a margarita bar.”

Saturday will attribute several of the exact same points of interest with far more live music throughout the day. Local community sponsors will supply activities at their stationtioned booths, this sort of as deal with portray with Chico Local community Ballet

In preceding decades, the festival was held at the historic Matador Motel, but will now be held at St. John’s Espicopal Church on Floral Avenue. ChiVAA designed the conclusion to go the pageant right after a lot of Camp Fireplace victims permanently moved into the Matador. 

St. John’s park-like grounds will enable for much more artists to participate and characteristics sights this sort of as a labyrinth. In buy to follow COVID pointers, the competition will be held fully outdoor. 

“We’ve been locked down for so extended. It’s likely to be a joyous celebration of staying out and alive and viewing terrific artwork,” Sexton reported.

The Chico Artwork Pageant is free for persons of all ages. A lot more facts regarding the occasion can be identified on the ChiVAA web site.

Michaela Harris can be attained at [email protected] or @MichaelaRH21 on Twitter.


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