More than 70 artists – this year not just from the Midwest but throughout the country, even internationally – will set up shop in Guthrie Park in downtown Riverside for the 10th Annual Riverside Arts Weekend, or RAW as it’s known locally.
The juried arts fair, whose arrival was announced by the appearance of fancifully decorated plastic swans placed in the downtown area throughout the past week, will be on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Artists this year include many popular returnees, but the lineup also features artists from places as far away as Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Belgium, according to Debbie Netter of D&W Events, who is working on coordination of the event for a third year.
“Artists talk to each other and the word is out about RAW,” Netter said, “and it’s wonderful.
“The quality of the work has improved every year, and all are excellent quality.”
Artists’ booths will be set up throughout Guthrie Park, which is at the intersection of Bloomingbank and Riverside roads just south of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks.
In addition to a chance at snagging the perfect artwork, visitors will also be treated to live music on both days.
The Hauser Junior High Jazz Band kicks things off on May 20 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by country music sounds of The Redmonds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The acoustic folk music duo Patchouli rounds out Saturday’s entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m.
Music on Sunday will be provided courtesy of Chris Loughlin from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the soulful tunes of Aryk Crowder from 1 to 4 p.m.
Six vendors, many of them local favorites, will be providing food and drinks for festival goers, including LaBarra Ristorante, Empanadus, Aunt Diana’s Old Fashioned Fudge, Chocolate Twist and Fruit Blended Smoothies. Beer and sangria will be sold by the folks from 34 East Lounge.