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Spring edition of The Beverly Hills artSHOW to be held this weekend

12 May 2014 6:18 PM
Spring edition of The Beverly Hills artSHOW to be held this weekend

Beverly Hills has long been considered one of the most upscale areas throughout the state of California, and to this day, it continues to provide its residents with a myriad of exiting activities and unique cultural offerings. For instance, this weekend, four linear blocks of the city's historic Beverly Gardens Park will be transformed into vibrant festival grounds as part of the 2014 spring edition of The Beverly Hills artSHOW. During the annual two-day event, more than 240 exhibitors from around the nation will showcase their work, which will be available for sale. 

If you're interested in enjoying the warm weather while viewing cutting-edge artwork and rubbing elbows with celebrities and fellow luxury real estate owners, making plans to attend this event could greatly be to your benefit. 

Festivities to be held May 17, 18
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, local art enthusiasts can enjoy experiencing first-hand the intricate works crafted by artists who specialize in sculpture, photography, watercolor, painting, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, drawing and mixed media. Sponsored in part by Sotheby's International Realty, the upcoming two-day festival will mark the tradition's 40th anniversary. Accordingly, this year's installment will feature a "ruby" theme, as this gem traditionally represents such a milestone. 

Held twice a year - in the spring and autumn - the event serves to spotlight the country's most accomplished artists as well as up-and-coming producers. Notable exhibitors who will be participating in this season's highly anticipated affair include Alexander Bozhkov, Deidre Greene, Kevin McGinnis, Paul Farmer, Sasa Blackhoff Elaine Hyde and pop-surrealist painter Jett Jackson, as well as glass sculptors Donald Carlson and Scott Slagerman. Local artists from Beverly Hills will also be highlighted, such as Nancy Clavin, Marlene Zimmerman, Kat Shoa and Evleen Mishkan-Davoodpour.

"The semiannual Beverly Hills artSHOW has become one of the most popular outdoor art events in Southern California," said Steve Zoet, Beverly Hills community services director. "In its 40 years, the show has attracted thousands of popular, stylish artists and enthusiasts from around the world to the city's business district and surrounding community. This year's ruby theme invites a broad range of interpretations, from ceramics to glass to jewels, sculptures, paintings and more. We can't wait to see what the artists create."

Host of other attractions to round out offerings
Aside from viewing the fine works created by the featured artists, those who attend the weekend event can enjoy visiting with each producer's location along Santa Monica Boulevard - from Rodeo Drive to Rexford Drive - as they will be on-site to discuss their many works and negotiate sales. A fleet of high-end food trucks will satiate attendees' hunger, while a beer garden and a wine garden will satisfy their thirst for such beverages. In addition, a series of live performances are planned, as well as a number of family activities.

This season's event is being presented in conjunction with the City of Beverly Hills' 100th anniversary. Thus, a centennial mayor's purchase will be awarded to one of the participating artists and spotlighted during an afternoon ceremony on Sunday. The show's charitable partner will be Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as well as its sister organization Healing Art with Kids.

Admission will be free for all on Saturday and Sunday, with inexpensive parking opportunities available during the show directly across from the grounds on both days. All of the featured art will be for sale. Those interested in learning more about the annual event can call 310-285-6830 or visit the official event website for additional information.