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Art Under the Umbrellas Aligns with Small Business Saturday on November 28th

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(La Quinta, CA – November 18, 2015)

Art Under the Umbrellas Aligns with Small Business Saturday on November 28th

La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) will present its Thanksgiving weekend edition of Art Under the Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta on Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm. This date was set to coincide with Small Business Saturday 2015, which has grown into a national movement encouraging people to support small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

For the second year, Old Town La Quinta has been selected as a Small Business Neighborhood Champion, offering $20 gift certificates for each $100 spent at one or more of its merchants on November 28th.  Shoppers are instructed to redeem their receipts at Tarah Jade Accessorized. Artist sales are not included in this promotion.

Over 80 Southern California and Southwest based artists — each a small businesses in its own right — will assemble along the streets of Old Town exhibiting newly created works in painting, glass, ceramic, jewelry, wood, sculpture, photography, fiber, and mixed media. The post-Thanksgiving show will spotlight two very dissimilar artists:

Mark & Kathy Doolittle, Wood/Gourds (Joshua Tree, CA) – Mark Doolittle, Ph.D., is a former associate professor of medicine at UCLA. Now a full time working wood artisan, Mark has exhibited in La Quinta Arts Festival three times. Mark and his wife Kathy are now teaming up to show their very distinctive Gourd Art at Art Under the Umbrellas, along with Mark’s fine crafted woodworks.

Stephen Schubert, Abstract Painting (Burbank, CA) – Schubert’s artistic process starts with birch panels and numerous open gallons of paint. Primarily using a spackle knife, he lays down up to 15 layers of paint and frequently finishes the piece with a resin topcoat. He often incorporates heavy texture, color fields, realism, words and iridescent mica flecked paints into his work. The end result is a vibrant, colorful contemporary painting.

Members of The Steve Madaio Band will entertain patrons throughout the day. Along with its specialty boutiques, Old Town La Quinta offers patrons a great selection of restaurants to enjoy a leisurely lunch and cocktails.

Art Under the Umbrellas offers free admission and free parking. This well-attended series of art shows continues in 2016 on select Saturdays: January 16 and 23, February 6 & 13, and March 19. 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.

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 www.LQAF.com or call 760-564-1244.

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