Four-Day Southwest Arts Festival Underway at Empire Polo Club

Connor Forbes
Connor Forbes
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Courtesy Greater Coachella Valley Chamber

2024 Southwest Arts Festival

NDIO (CNS) – The annual Southwest Arts Festival, featuring more than 200 artists who showcase traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art, got underway Thursday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

“This is one of our favorite events to share with the community, as it always receives rave reviews from our patrons and participating artists,” Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Brandon Marley said in a statement. “The caliber of talented artists and unique artwork, combined with interactive art displays, live music and a variety of food and beverage options, make it a fun-filled weekend offering something for everyone.”

The festival, which attracts more than 13,000 attendees each year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until Sunday at 81-800 Avenue 51, according to a statement from the chamber. The event will feature various forms of art including paintings, jewelry, quality crafts, photography and sculptures.

Indio resident Chris Curry, who created the artwork for the festival’s poster this year after being selected from more than 200 entries, has participated in the festival for the past seven years, chamber officials said. She focuses on figurative art such as plein air landscapes, working with oils and soft pastels.

“This is a really friendly festival. The people who come are happy, enjoying the weather and a fun experience,” Curry said in a statement. “The artists are a great mix of local and out-of-town artists, and it’s so enjoyable seeing and working with other artists I’ve met over the years.”

More information and tickets for the four-day event, starting at $25, can be purchased at

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