Arts Festival returns with live exhibitions | Culture & Leisure

“Festival”, by Elinore Schnurr

Celebrating its 10th annual spectacle, the Redlands Festival of Arts returns to a live, juried arts event awarding over $6,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the United States and beyond from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 and 29, Memorial Day weekend.

Founded in 2013 by Shirley Harry and Jerry Bean, the festival has grown from its first small juried art exhibition to a respected regional event in the nation’s arts community. The free show attracts thousands of visitors from the Inland Empire and across Southern California who enjoy art, food, music and a day in the park.

“I am truly grateful to our artists, our board, our sponsors and our volunteers for their dedication to this outdoor spectacle during the great times and the final years of the pandemic,” said Harry. “You never lost hope, and your commitment allows us to fund youth arts program grants for children in our community. I saw their talent, and some of them will become the next generation of fine artists bringing beauty to a world that still needs it.

More than 100 artists will take part in this year’s festival, 60 of them competing in several categories for the cash prizes of the juried art competition. The event attracts art lovers and serious collectors who buy a wide range of artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures, glass, fibers, metal, wood, ceramics , jewelry, etc.

The headliner of the festival is nationally acclaimed award-winning artist Elinore Schnurr from New York. The artist’s works are present in public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Museum of the City of New York and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Schnurr is a contemporary figurative painter who uses real scenes to celebrate the complexities of personal interaction in a world of global connectivity and to evoke the desire for transcendence in the secular world.

Julia P. Cluff