We visited the Gold Canyon Art Festival a couple of weeks ago and were very impressed with the talented and creative artists that displayed their work there. A year ago, we drove out from Mesa to see the event, but we couldn't find a parking place, so we turned around and went back to our RV. This year, we were determined. We finally found a parking lot with some space at the far end of all the booths. We got our exercise walking to see everything.
There was a wide range of art projects, from gourds to baskets to jewelry and painting. Here are a few of the beautiful things we saw. There was a lot of jewelry, but nothing really appealed to me, so I didn't take any pictures.
There were quilts and carved figures in both stone and wood. If I remember right, the stone figures were carved from old stone mile markers.
One woman shaped wire to make portraits.
One man made items out to bolts and bicycle chains and other similar items. Very creative. He didn't want anyone to take photos of his work. I can understand that he has a unique craft and didn't want his ideas copied.
In addition to all the art, we had another treat when a roadrunner was almost posing in a garden next to the Methodist Church. These birds are very hard to photograph because they usually run away. This fellow (or girl) was probably confused or frightened by all the people so I was able to get a pretty good picutre.