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Commanding Presence Unveiled at La Quinta Arts Festival

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Ranked # 8 in the Nation of Fine Art Festivals, La Quinta Arts Festival 2009 promises to deliver a cache’ of perennial favorites, combined with the rising stars of the art world.  On March 12-15, the La Quinta Civic Center Campus, nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, will be transformed into an art lover’s paradise, where the nation’s premier talent unveil many never-before-seen works, delivered in all shapes, sizes, mediums and price ranges at the 27th annual event.

Returning for his 6th appearance, wildlife sculptor Jason Napier has become a beloved attraction at La Quinta Arts Festival.  “I believe the jurors appreciate Napier’s talent and his desire to continuously produce new appealing work for the show,” said Christi Salamone, LQAF’s Executive Director.  “His work depicts the local environment we all love and appreciate.” 

The truth is, Napier applied to La Quinta Arts Festival several times before he was accepted – “I kept on trying,” said Jason, knowing instinctively his work would be “at home” in the Coachella Valley’s sprawling residences and natural surroundings with 360 degree panoramic views. 
Napier’s submission of the eight foot bronze American Mountain Lioness; her cub clenched in her teeth for safe passage entitled Precious Cargo, synched it for the jurors and festival goers in 2004.  Since then, Napier has thrilled audiences with Mother’s Pride (2005), the same mountain lioness with her entire litter of cubs which became the festival poster that same year, the whimsical roadrunner Desert Runner (2006) a covey of Gambil’s Quail (2007) Flirty Birdy and last year (2008) the floppy eared Desert Jack Rabbit Wild Hair.  View these works here.

Exclusive to La Quinta Arts Festival, Napier’s commitment to create something new each year comes from his creative curiosity and exploration of the area.  Obviously the desert’s wildlife is vastly different from those animals around his home in Friday Harbor, Washington, which were the subjects that launched his career as a sculptor and captured the hearts of Festival attendees.  

A visit to The Living Desert after the Festival last year gave Napier a new subject to portray for La Quinta Arts Festival 2009. Sculpting the clay, (as seen here), casting the bronze and applying his signature patinas, have been the labors of love employed by Napier over the ensuing months.  His completed rendition of the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep Commanding Presence will be unveiled to the anxious anticipation of La Quinta Arts Festival patrons March 12-15. 

Napier sculpts Commanding Presence

Napier sculpts Commanding Presence

Produced by the La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF), in partnership with its Premier Sponsor the City of La Quinta, the annual award-winning La Quinta Arts Festival attracts art patrons and visitors from across the nation, and is one of the Coachella Valley’s and Southern California’s premier attractions.
Art Fair Source Book, a highly respected resource for artists, has named La Quinta Arts Festival #8 in nation among fine art festivals in the 2009 rankings.  Only two California festivals, La Quinta Arts Festival and Sausalito Art Festival ranked in the top 25.   

For more information on the 2009 La Quinta Arts Festival set for March 12-15, 2009, please visit  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily.  Ticket prices are: Single Day Admission – $12; Multi-Day Pass – $15; Children under 12 – Free.  Live Entertainment, cool refreshments and valet parking available.