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La Quinta Arts Festival Earns Rare #1 National Ranking in Both Fine Art and Fine Craft Categories

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La Quinta, CA  -January 9, 2014

A designation not previously achieved by any other show, La Quinta Arts Festival has earned the #1 in the nation ranking for both Fine Art Festival and Fine Craft Festival.

La Quinta Arts Festival has been named the #1 Fine Art Show and #1 Fine Craft Show in the country  for 2014 by the prestigious Art Fair SourceBook, the definitive guide to the best juried arts and craft fairs in the nation. 

“We could not be more proud to once again find ourselves at the top – hosting as Premier Sponsor the #1 Fine Art Festival AND the #1 Fine Craft Festival in the United States,” La Quinta Mayor Don Adolph stated. “It means so much to be recognized by the artists themselves as the foremost destination and showcase for both fine art and fine crafts in the nation.”

The 2014 La Quinta Arts Festival is scheduled for March 6-9 at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus.  This year’s Festival will feature 234 contemporary artists from 36 states; plus Israel, Nicaragua and Canada are also represented; 51 are new artists to the Festival, exhibiting in the Coachella Valley for the first time.

The La Quinta Arts Festival claimed the most recent year’s premier rating and distinction over competing fine arts and fine craft festivals in major markets including Chicago, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington DC and others.  Art Fair SourceBook announced the top ranking for La Quinta after comparing total sales information and ratings from participating artists from all shows across the country, confirming La Quinta Arts Festival prevailed for the second year running.

The annual fine art and fine craft festival rankings, now in their 20th year, recognize festivals that outsell their peers and deliver exceptional quality of experience in unparalleled settings. This year’s best festivals ranking highlights the top 10 festivals in both fine art and fine crafts out of thousands of events held nationwide for singular performance and quality.  

“We are grateful and honored to again be recognized for the outstanding work of our staff and volunteers on behalf of the artists and patrons who look to La Quinta Arts Festival each year to deliver the best of the best,” said Christi Salamone, executive director of La Quinta Arts Festival and its organizer La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF). “Our goal is to offer each artist and each patron a unique experience, showcasing the highest quality and diversity of fine art and fine crafts in an unmatched, beautiful desert setting.” 

The Best Fine Art Festival and Best Fine Crafts Festival ranking highlights festivals that sell the most art and crafts and offer the highest quality experience. This is the second year in a row the La Quinta Arts Festival outperformed all peers to achieve the #1 ranking for art sales in the nation.   Adding the top ranking for fine craft festivals this year doubles the distinction.

“We have never had a festival achieve the #1 ranking in both fine art and fine crafts so this is a special honor for La Quinta Arts Festival,” Greg Lawler, Editor and Publisher of  Art Fair SourceBook,, stated.  “Top sales numbers, along with the quality of the experience earns La Quinta a well-deserved repeat at the top and another number one national destination ranking — and all in THE most beautiful setting for an art fair anywhere!” 

La Quinta has been among the best destinations for fine art for more than three decades. The ranking is determined by the average sales of each artist. During the 2013 event, La Quinta Arts Festival set new event records for art sales, exceeding $2.8 million, and increased daily attendance over the previous year. The success of the Festival has also generated more than $1.1 million over the years to support college scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the arts.

“By all measures, 2013 was another outstanding year for La Quinta Arts Festival,” said LQAF Executive Director Christi Salamone.  “The diversity, quality and expertise of our artists consistently deliver a first class show that generates higher average sales per artists than any other show in the country.”

Audiences for the La Quinta show range from the sophisticated buyer and collector to the casual local art buyer and tourists who come knowing the juried La Quinta show is fresh, constantly evolving and features the finest artists.  Unlike most other fine art festivals, La Quinta seeks highly qualified experts with specific knowledge of the nine individual art mediums under consideration; forty-five judges in total participate, contrasted with the standard five to ten judges for other shows. 

In advance of the scheduled March Festival, the La Quinta Arts Foundation continues to offer the popular ‘Art Under the Umbrellas’ shows throughout January and February in Old Town La Quinta.  For more information about Art Under the Umbrellas, La Quinta Arts Festival and its #1 national ranking or La Quinta Arts Foundation, please visit , or contact Christi Salamone, Executive Director, at 760-564-1244 ext. 111



About La Quinta Arts Festival

La Quinta Arts Festival has been ranked the #1 Fine Art Festival in the Nation by Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook ( in 2014. 

Presented by La Quinta Arts Foundation, La Quinta Arts Festival is one of the oldest and most esteemed art shows in the country, consistently ranked among the top art fairs held in the United States. Now in its 32nd year, and rated #1 by Art Fair SourceBook for the second straight year, the La Quinta Arts Festival is held annually the second week in March.

Featuring the original works of over 230 accomplished contemporary artists from around the world, fantastic music and stage performances as well as delicious local food and drink, La Quinta Arts Festival is a glorious four-day cultural  and entertainment extravaganza held in the unmatched outdoor lawn setting in La Quinta’s Civic Park. In addition to the Festival, visitors and residents alike enjoy Old Town La Quinta with boutique shops and restaurants galore, and unparalleled golf at SilverRock Resort to extend the La Quinta experience. 

There’s something for everyone in La Quinta, the Gem of the Desert.


About Art Fair SourceBook

Now in its twentieth year of publication, Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook™( is the bible of the industry.  Art Fair SourceBook exists to create an independent one-stop resource for artists and artisans that enables them to more confidently, efficiently, and effectively select the events most likely to optimize their profits.

 Art Fair SourceBook is the most comprehensive guide to the top-selling art fairs and craft shows.


About La Quinta Arts Foundation

La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1982 whose mission is “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.” This is accomplished by producing nationally acclaimed visual and performing art events, forming meaningful partnerships within the community, and providing cultural, education and personal growth outreach programs to all citizens of the Coachella Valley and beyond. Visit us at for more information.