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Art Under the Umbrellas 11th Season at Old Town La Quinta

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(La Quinta, CA – October 16, 2015)

Art Under the Umbrellas Launches 11th Season Oct. 31 at Old Town La Quinta

La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) kicks off its celebrated Art Under the Umbrellas series of one day art shows at Old Town La Quinta on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission and parking is free.

Now in its 11th year at the Old Town La Quinta venue, Art Under the Umbrellas will host 80 artists presenting newly created works in painting, glass, ceramic, jewelry, wood, sculpture, photography, fiber, and mixed media. Patrons will be entertained by the Steve Madaio Band throughout the day as they stroll the art-lined streets, and visit Old Town’s assemblage of boutique shops and fine restaurants.

Artist rosters vary from event to event with a mixture of local emerging artists, exhibitors new to the Art Under the Umbrellas format, and a long list of favorite returning artists that travel in from all over Southern California and the Southwest.

Halloween Costume Contest – As the season opener falls on Halloween this year, patrons are invited to don their most imaginative Halloween attire and enter the competition for a chance to win a prize of $150 Art Under the Umbrellas Bucks, valid toward an art purchase made from one of the exhibiting artists during the event. Registration runs from 10:00 am to12:30 pm; the winner will be announced at 1:00 pm. Costumes will be judged on creativity, quality and presentation.

Two Featured Artists will be spotlighted at the October 31st show who will debut their latest works in watercolors and mixed media:

Leslee Adams, The Watercolor Chef – A professional chef and caterer, Leslee was first known for her distinctive paintings of foods. Adams has since branched out to paint desert and landscapes, still life, and florals — all with a bold, dramatic style. Leslee welcomes the new season with her latest California Mission series, as well as new additions to her local desert cacti and poppy collections.

Joanne Casey – Joanne’s collages range from modern geometrics to earthy landscapes and Southwest-inspired images. She often works directly with her customers to create collages that suit their individual tastes and decor.  Joanne’s recent shadowbox collection has been inspired by the beautiful surroundings of her new summer home in Sedona, AZ.  These three-dimensional collages, celebrating the spiritual beauty of nature, often include crystals, geodes, and organic materials along with her papers.

The eight part series continues on select Saturdays: November 14 & 28, 2015; and January 16 and 23, February 6 & 13, and March 19, 2016. Old Town La Quinta is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south. Go west on Calle Tampico for two blocks. Old Town La Quinta will be on the left-hand side.

La Quinta Arts Foundation is now in its 34th season of non-profit service through which $1.2 million has been awarded in visual arts college scholarships. Visit for more information or call 760-564-1244.

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