IDAHO FALLS – The Eagle Rock Art Guild is hosting its annual Sidewalk Art Festival this weekend at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls.
The festival is a free, family-friendly event featuring artists from across the West. The festival attracts around 15,000 attendees each year and is a major event for the local arts community. This year’s fair offers food, fun and lots and lots of artwork available at various price points.
“This is the 67th year this festival has been presented by the Eagle Rock Art Guild,” Art Guild president Deanna French told EastIdahNews.com. “We have artists from Utah, Oregon, Montana and all over Idaho. It’s all kinds of art, not just paintings. We have individuals who make glass art. We have jewelers. We have many painters and designers. We have metal sculpture, photography, wood and pottery.
Not only can attendees browse a litany of different media and art styles, but they can also chat with the artists themselves. This makes the festival a great opportunity for budding artists of all ages to get free art training.
After taking place on the Riverwalk in Idaho’s Falls Greenbelt in previous years, the Sidewalk Art Festival is moving to Snake River Landing this year. The new location offers certain advantages to both artists and the public.
“We’re going to be next to Pierview Drive,” French said. “We have two grassy areas that are flat which is good for artists to settle in and for patrons and families to come and see the art. And it will be easier for people to find parking spaces because we have two parking lots adjacent to where we are going to be. Snake River Landing is a really nice area and the folks at Snake River Landing were so nice to work with to help us out.
The Sidewalk Art Festival is the Eagle Rock Art Guild’s main annual fundraiser. The non-profit organization works to promote the arts in the community. French said funds raised this year will go towards projects such as purchasing a permanent location.
“We don’t have a building at the moment,” she said. “When we had a building, we gave art lessons to children who couldn’t afford to pay for the lessons. We hope we can get funds and we have saved some, but the price of everything skyrocketed last year. We are therefore looking for a building where we can teach art and organize regular art exhibitions. »
Eagle Rock Art Guild’s Sidewalk Art Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free entry.
For more information, visit Eagle Rock Guild on Facebook or the band’s website.