Kingman, Arizona has a rich and vibrant arts community. It swings into high gear every spring with a series of festivals.
The premier event is the Kingman Festival of the Arts. Held annually on Mother’s Day weekend in the shaded Metcalfe Park for forty-four years as of 2022, it is one of the largest arts and crafts fair in northwestern Arizona. Artisans and craftsman from throughout the United States travel to Kingman to participate.
The festival is a fundraising event for the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation. It features an array of artists and crafters as well as live music, dancers and food and drink vendors. Admission is free.
The ArtHub housed in the Citizen’s Bank Building built in 1912 at the corner of Fourth and Beale Streets is hosting a community art show until June 4, 2022. A diverse array of art is on display for viewing and purchase. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The ArtHub also offers an array of classes. On Saturday, May 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, instructor Harriet Selfridge provides step by step direction on how to work with watercolor to create Lady in the Rain.
The Art and Art History for Kids (age 5 to 12) is scheduled for May 27th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. The instructor has education and psychology degrees and holds a four-year degree from the Art Institute of Kiel, Germany. Participating children will discover the world of fine art and have fun in the process.
Contact the ArtHub for full class information including cost. Inquire about other classes that are being scheduled for summer.
A major supporter of the arts community in Kingman is Avant Print and Frame, a one stop-shop for giclée fine art reproduction and museum quality custom archival framing services. The company opened in April of 2021 as a dream of Sara Peterson made manifest.
Sara Peterson was born into a family of acclaimed artists. She studied for her MFA at the Academy of Art University.
Her art is prized by private collectors internationally. Since relocating with her family to Kingman, Sara has initiated and developed an array of cultural projects for the community. These include the ArtHub, Kingman Center for the Arts and Beale Street Theater.
In her own words Sara’s artistry as well as commitment to family and the community reflects how she lives life. “…. make it as colorful and as interesting as possible, make a few mistakes along the way, and end up with something that’s a little messy and rough, but full of color and character. One thing that I have loved, is being able to take time out of my hectic life to create art. My paintings represent beautiful, colorful moments. Through them I have been able to share my happiness and zest for life.”
Follow Sara on Instagram: @sarapetersonart
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America