November 5, 2009 by Katy Barnitz NMSU Round Up
Looking for art, music, dance, food and a trip back in time?
The 38th annual Renaissance Artsfaire, complete with charming princes, pretty maidens, and brightly-colored jesters, will take place Saturday and Sunday at Young Park, located near the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Walnut Avenue.
Presented by the Doña Ana Arts Council, the fair consists of a Renaissance themed juried art show with a as well as live music and dance performances, food and art vendors and similarly themed activities.
“The Renaissance Artsfaire is the largest event of its kind in New Mexico, so it far outshines any of the smaller seasonal events,” said David Salcido, manager of the Rio Grande Theatre. “There is art on display from all over the Southwest, exotic foods, a wide range of entertainment and, let’s face it, what other event has guys running around in tights and more bosoms on display than you’ll ever find again in a family setting?”
More than 160 local, regional and national “peddlers” will gather to sell handcrafted items like pottery, jewelry, leather goods, paintings, drawings, sculptures, toys and textiles, according to the event Web site.
“It’s a wide selection,” Salcido said. “Everything from pottery and paintings to costume wear and kitsch. If an artist can conceive it, you’ll probably find it in one of our many booths.”
The fair will also include royal processions and The Merry Court of Sherwood Oak and The Children’s Realm, an area with activities for families and children. There will also be an area where “peddlers” under 16 can sell their work.
Performers include Wise Fool from Albuquerque, Chanson du Soir from Southern California and Hawkquest from Colorado, as well as many local acts including Empyre Pipe & Drum Corp, the Hellenic Dancers and more contemporary artists like La Cella Bella, Daniel Park, Randy Granger, Orlando Jimenez and Latin rock band, Nuevo Sol.
“There’s definitely something for everybody,” said Juanita Harrison, Doña Ana Arts Council office manager. “It’s only five bucks, so college students can definitely afford it and the food is pretty reasonable too.”
All fair proceeds, booth fees and donations support Dona Ana Arts Council programs.
According to the Web site, the faire is the largest event sponsored by the council, and draws around 25,000 people, making it one of the largest cultural events in southern New Mexico.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Young Park, one block south of the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Walnut Avenue. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 523-6403 or go to www.las-cruces-arts.org/.
Katy Barnitz is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.