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La Quinta Arts Festival Named Best Fine Art Show in the Nation!

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La Quinta Arts Festival has been named #1 Fine Art Show in the Nation by the prestigious Art Fair SourceBook, the definitive guide to the best juried arts and craft fairs in the United States. 

“This is an incredible achievement,” La Quinta Mayor Don Adolph stated. “We are very pleased and proud to see our city and La Quinta Arts Festival recognized by the artists themselves as the premier destination and showcase for fine art in the nation.  Congratulations to the La Quinta Arts Foundation Board, Executive Director Christi Salamone, the staff and volunteers.”

All roads lead to La Quinta for the 2013 La Quinta Arts Festival scheduled for March 7- 10 at La Quinta Civic Center Campus.  This year’s Festival will feature 230 contemporary artists from 29 states and Canada.

La Quinta Arts Festival claimed the premier rating and distinction over competing fine arts festivals in Chicago, Denver, Portland, Scottsdale, New Orleans and many others.  The Art Fair SourceBook provided the top ranking for La Quinta after artists showing provided their total sales information from all shows across the country, confirming La Quinta Arts Festival came out on top.

“La Quinta Art Festival is the best of the best,” Greg Lawler, Editor and Publisher of the Art Fair Source Book, stated.  “Top sales numbers, along with the quality of the experience earns La Quinta a well-deserved 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 2012 30th Anniversary event, La Quinta Arts Festival set new event records for art sales, exceeding $2.5 million, and increased attendance by over 30% over the previous year.

“By all measures, 2012 was an 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 that the La Quinta juried 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. 

For more information about La Quinta Arts Festival and its #1 National ranking, 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 Source Book in 2013. 

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 our 31st year, and rated #1 by Art Fair Source Book, 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 musical 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 nineteenth year of publication, Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook™ is the bible of the industry. The 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.

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


About La Quinta Arts Foundation

La Quinta Arts Foundation 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.



La Quinta Arts Festival Ranked #1 in the Nation!
January 2, 2013, 4:26 pm

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