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In my mailbox today: 

Important Statement Regarding La Quinta Arts Festival
Dear Festival Partners, 

La Quinta Arts Foundation is writing to inform you that La Quinta Arts Festival will not be presented in 2020.

We sincerely thank you for your dedication and contributions to La Quinta Arts Festival.

Your support has been integral to the Festival’s achievements delivering great benefit for the City of La Quinta, its residents and visitors. 

Together, we have achieved great success presenting the best fine art festival in the nation, facilitating hundreds of artist’s livelihoods, and awarding more than $1.3 million in visual art college scholarships.

Please know that our work with local arts and culture activities will continue, including our successful scholarship program for local students.


This is a real loss to the art fair business. You think these events will always be there and to have such a solid show disappear is a shock. Such a very fine event that attracted the best artists in the business and the clientele that could appreciate and buy their work. I'm so sorry to be posting this here. From what I've read the show will not likely return after 2020.

Many thanks to the La Quinta Arts Festival Foundation that has built this fine event that has been a very bright light in the art fair business. We look forward to what Christi Salamone and Kathleen Hughes will bring us next. 

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Comment by Connie Mettler on June 15, 2019 at 10:23pm

This is really interesting information for me, Sue. I do not know the ins and outs of the market in the Coachella Valley, and from what I know, via word-of-mouth, I had no idea of the competition faced by La Quinta. Reading between the lines, I'm wondering whether the city fathers do not value this quality event, and prefer quantity. Any ideas?

Comment by Mark Zirinsky on June 19, 2019 at 2:47pm

It was both an honor and privilege to show there at the last show in March, a great experience. I hope they come back. I think the delay is due to construction issues; we hope that they will be back in 2021. It is a true great artistic experience to show there; yes, the sales were good, but more than that, had some of the most intelligent art conversations I have had recently in my booth at the show. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 20, 2019 at 11:49am

Thank you, Mark. Good to hear this feedback. La Quinta is known for its very high quality art and the knowledgeable art patrons who do buy art. I hope you're right about its coming back.

Comment by S Brian Berkun on June 25, 2019 at 10:32am

I believe it has little if anything to do with the plethora of shows in the area, rather, earlier this year there was information that suggested construction and changes to the show venue made it difficult for the show to continue in their current location, they were in negotiations with the city but apparently not to their satisfaction.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on July 3, 2019 at 4:25pm

This has nothing to do with any other shows in the area. I know that for a fact. The city is currently discussing bringing the show back next year, possibly in a different location. There is a small group of artists that are aiding in the discussion to insure that the show will maintain the high quality that La Quinta is know for. We'll know the fate of La Quinta soon enough.

Comment by David J Teter on July 11, 2019 at 3:33am

Yes, Barry is right. Although there is currently a dispute it will be back one way or another according to this article in the Desert Sun.

Comment by Connie Mettler on July 11, 2019 at 9:55am

Thanks for that link, David. This does not sound like an amicable relationship to me. Plus, something is wrong here:

Festival organizers will begin planning for the 2020 event in March – immediately after the 2019 festival ends.

“Should the SilverRock park development be delayed, LAQF could be faced with cancellation of the festival with resulting injury to its reputation and a substantial financial loss due to then existing contractual liabilities,” the board said in an email.

That first paragraph  -- starting to plan after the 2019 festival is over ... excuse me. I think that happened in March. And I believe the 2020 festival is already cancelled. 

Comment by Barry Bernstein on July 11, 2019 at 11:38am

That article was written a year ago.

It seems that the LQAF committee thinks the new location is too small and they doubt it would be finished on time.

The scariest part is the comment that promoters are lined up to take over the event. From my experience, if they let someone run the show that doesn't do all the things to keep it great, it will be the end of LQAF as the premier show in the country, along with Ft Worth and SLAF. There are a number of concerned artists who do the show and a director who has an incredible track record for excellence that are having or trying to have input into the final decision. If 2020 happens it will be an 11th hour decision. If I find out anything I will post it.

Comment by Barry Bernstein on July 11, 2019 at 11:41am

What I left out: We are concerned that if the wrong promoter/director is hired, they will increase the number of artists and dumb down the work, which, over the years, has ruined many, many shows.

Comment by David J Teter on July 11, 2019 at 1:29pm

Apparently as of June 14 2019 it will not be back for 2020 and looks like 2021 is in question too.

Too bad. I know an artist who did this show and as it was one I was considering doing.


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