There are few things more delightful to me than having an Art Affaire on a spectacularly sunny Rancho Mirage Sunday afternoon.  More than 100 award-winning artists—chosen by an esteemed group of judges—displayed their wares in beautiful Whitewater Park on this past November weekend.

Although Saturday’s soiree was soaked with rain, many still attended, mostly clustered beneath the huge tent, listening to the music of Matt Marshak as he rifted on his guitar, or huddled under umbrellas as they acknowledged the accomplished artists.  Sunday’s clear skies brought out thousands who meandered through the artists’ tents, admiring art that amazed the masses.  Music was provided by London-native Shilts, who literally had young and old dancing in the aisles to his group’s jazz sounds.

This family-friendly event has something for everyone.  The Rad Hatter helped children (and more than a few adults, including moi) take a common paper grocery bag and turn it into a chapeau masterpiece.  I wore mine all day!  The Historic Preservation Commission, Citizens on Patrol (COPS), Emergency Preparedness Commission, and the Rancho Police and Fire Departments all had a presence amongst the talented vendors.  Oh, and there were adult beverages and plenty of tasty food on offer also.

But ART is the affair of the day, after all, and it was represented in spades.  Sculpture, painting, ceramic, and glass joined jewelry, photography, textiles, and mixed media.  James Hill’s stainless steel sculptures stand out as a highlight, as well as local artist Leslee Adams’ (The Water Color Chef) gorgeous food-themed watercolors.  But kudos to all the artists for exhibiting their beautiful wares on a beautiful day in beautiful Rancho Mirage.

This is the definitely the kind of affair I can get used to, and do, year after year.

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