For the first time, ARTbeat will be held in the evening.
The Yuma Art Center will host ARTbeat 6, a fine art exhibit and sale held outdoors, from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, directly adjacent to the art center.
"We are moving the event to early evening to take advantage of the beautiful ambience of Historic Downtown Yuma during the evening hours," said Rex Ijams, arts and culture program manager for the Yuma Art Center.
The show is free to the public. The 200 block of Main Street in downtown Yuma will be closed to vehicle traffic and packed with tents.
"ARTbeat expands each year, and we anticipate another record breaking turnout in 2013," Ijams said.
A juried art exhibit now in its sixth year, the event showcases an eclectic mixture of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists in a variety of artistic mediums and styles including sculpture, painting, jewelry, graphic design, glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more.
This year’s event will feature about 85 artists (see list below) — the largest group ever — all vying for attention and prizes. Among the artists are Alex Sanchez, winner of the ARTbeat 5 Rising Star award and David Woodward, winner of the ARTbeat 5 Best Presentation award.
Artists will be coming from California, Arizona and Mexico and will represent Imperial Valley College and Arizona Western College.
The awards to be presented this year are Rising Star, Artistic Journeys, Best Presentation and Best of Show. Winning artists also get a monetary award.
Ana Lazo-Padilla, event coordinator, said the purpose of ARTbeat is to help local artists by giving them an opportunity to sell and exhibit their work. The art center does not keep any of the money from sales; it all goes to the artist.
Attendees will also be treated to musical entertainment. Caribbean Zone will provide cool steel drum tunes outside on Main Street.
In addition, ARTbeat 6 runs concurrently with the Yuma Film Festival in the Historic Yuma Theatre. With a full lineup of unique and quirky independent films from around the United States, the festival will feature films, events and music all day inside the theater and Yuma Art Center Galleries underscoring the stunning gallery exhibits and floral displays provided by the Yuma Garden Club.
For more information about the Yuma Film Festival, visit www.yumafilmfestival.com.
"One of the most rewarding aspects of ARTbeat is the collaborative spirit of the event — we partner with many groups such as the North End Artists Cooperative, Desert Artists, the Yuma Garden Club and Arizona Western College students," Ijams said.
ARTbeat 6 is presented by the city of Yuma Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Mexican Consulate Yuma, NexGen Group, generous sponsors and local artists.
For more information, email Arts@YumaAz.gov or call the Yuma Art Center at 373-5202.
ARTbeat 6: Featured artists
• Albert Escalante
• Becky Taylor
• Larry Yanez
• Holly Hendricks
AWC Artists (15+ artists)
Bill Butler and
Susan Sullivan and
Desert Artists of Yuma
• Adair Bentley, Lynn Wagner
• Marren Wadill, Charles Warner
Melissa Zaragoza and
Alma Angelina Aispuro
Imperial Valley Artists (4+ artists)
Community Intervention Associates (5+ artists)
Teri Did It!
• Ben Boddy
• Naomi Pullen
• Josue Santana
AWC Media Arts (12+ artists)