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LQAF March Photo Contest Theme: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

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photo con 3 it's 5A swirling Martini down by the poolside, reflecting the sun beams, a cool glistening shimmer slipping down the side of the glass… It’s that time folks, 5 o’clock.

Perhaps you might be sneaking into the local watering hole for a bottle of Bud, or enjoying a colorful happy hour cocktail with umbrella or ambushing the local crafty brewery for a growler of fine hoppy malted beer.  The work day is done, and now is your time to unwind by whatever way you feel is right.

We are looking for photographs of social gatherings, such as colleagues, friends and family enjoying your post work-day together, or interesting photographs of drinks or drinking establishments, or perhaps of a fine glass of wine by the fire, let your imagination run with it.

For this month, your photo does not even have to be taken at 5 o’clock as… you guessed it… it might be not be 5 o’clock where you are but… and your geographical location is also not of importance. 

As a matter of fact, it is not clear where the phrase was first used but its origin appears to have a connection with the military and happy hour. Pilots were not allowed to drink less than 24 hours before a mission, which would start at 6 pm the following day. Happy hour would be 5 pm to 6 pm so as long as the pilots would drink up before the 6 pm bell would ring, they would be clear to fly their mission

Others of the baby boomer generation have mentioned that their parents in the fifties and sixties had lamps in the house of leggy bikini-clad gals with cocktail receptacle in hand and that famous logo written on the base. These would of course be the more lively parents who might have attended a roaring party or two.

The overriding yearning behind this expression is the wish that one can get away with a tipple before your own 5 o’clock. Throw caution to the wind, be damned with social etiquette, and why not enjoy a beverage or two before that mighty hour.   

In 1971, McBee’s Station was published by author Elise Sanguinetti and on page 128 it reads:

“He quickly took up his glass and started to leave.

‘Well, well, well’, she said cheerily, ‘already time for that cocktail hour, is it? What is the old judge use to say? It must be five o’clock somewhere in the world.’”


Deadline is March 31st, 2014. Contest open to all photographers, amateur or pro from any geographical location. The top 24 photos will be posted on the LQAF facebook page.  Once the photos have been uploaded onto facebook, the public has a month to vote on the photo they like best by ‘liking’ the photo! The winner at the end of each month receives a free year-long gallery on

At the end of the year, we will award the photographer with the most likes overall a $200 gift certificate to a pro-lab printer for you to enlarge your winning photo and mount/frame or turn it into canvas!

Ticketing Information

At the Gate a Single Day Adult Admission is $12, or select a Multi-Day Pass for $15 for entry all 4 days! Children under 12 are free!

Exclusive Website Offer:  Purchase Your Tickets Using the “Buy Now” button  and Receive a Multi-Day Pass for $12! (Maximum Per Transaction – 6 Tickets) The payment form MUST be filled out entirely, including your email, or the transaction will be declined. Your name, address, and security code must match the information your card issuing bank has on file otherwise the transaction will be declined. Your tickets will be at Will Call, please print your online receipt to present upon arrival.

Gideon Cohn: Technique Description


Most of the paintings are Oils on Canvas or Board. Some of the Canvases are stretched by the artist on self-made concaved shaped bars providing the illusion of depth to the painting. The Oils are mostly applied with brushes and sometimes with pallets or fingers, arms and other body parts.

Occasionally, other material is added, such as wood, papier-mâché, and other mixed media to provide with the “third dimension” to the two dimensional art pieces.

Obviously, some of the paintings are painted on various types of paper as well, with different media such as Oils, Acrylics and watercolors.
Sizes range from 8”X10” to 48”X60” and up.


Most of the drawings are Charcoal and Dry Pastels on Art Paper (pastel, charcoal or watercolor paper). The Charcoals and Pastels are mostly applied by fingers, arms and other body parts, sometimes with brushed and other instruments.

Some drawings are inks drawn/painted on various types of paper and other drawings are mixed media, with prints, watercolor, paper, inks, pastels and charcoals incorporated into the drawing.

Sizes range from 8”X10” to 36”X48”.

Gideon Cohn: Shows & Exhibits


Photo Contest Image Specifications


All images must be in JPEG format, RGB or Grayscale mode, 72ppi. Images and captions may not include watermarks, text, logos, borders or other identifying marks. Color space should be sRGB.

The longer side of your image must be 1200 pixels. The shorter side may be any size up to and including 1200 pixels.

Photo Contest Terms & Conditions

The Fine Print: Please read!

By entering the contest you automatically acknowledge and agree to the following:

  1. Copyright remains with the photographer. Entry constitutes the photographer’s agreement to allow LQAF to publish the images on their facebook page and websites and to use them in promotions for future contests. Please include any website links or email addresses you wish to appear next to your photo in your entry.
  2. The first step is to upload your image onto the website, here. From there, the top 24 photographs will be posted on the LQAF’s facebook page for the public to view and vote on. The photos prior to appearing on facebook will be judged by a juror experienced in the field of photography. Photos are judged on their originality, quality, impact and adhering to the topic. All decisions made by the judges and contest organizers are final.
  3. The material content of the photo as documented with the camera may not be changed or altered. Basic processing including, but not limited to color correction, exposure adjustment, spotting, saturation, contrast, and cropping are acceptable. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitched panoramas are also allowed. Tools that alter the appearance with artistic effects are not acceptable, nor are photo composites of more than one scene.
  4. Each image must be the work of the person entering it. By submitting a photograph to the LQAF Photo Contest you warrant that you are the copyright holder of the image, that you alone own the copyright, and that you have obtained any necessary property and model releases.
  5. Limit three (3) images per entrant.

Terra Bistro and Wine Bar

Terra Bistro and Wine Bar is located in the Embassy Suites in La Quinta, CA. Fine wines, delectable gourmet food and an ambiance to match, make this a restaurant you will want to experience time and again.

Located at:

50-777 Santa Rosa Plz, La Quinta, Ca, 92253

To make a reservation call 760 777 1711


Click on the link to see the Menu

Terra All Day Menu January 2014 new jacket





Staff Accountant




POSITION TITLE:  Staff Accountant (at-will, exempt)

POSITION SUMMARY: Keep accurate records of all finances and transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

 SKILLS:  Operates computer, Windows platform, Peachtree Accounting, MS Office software, computer printer, copy machine/scanner, fax machine, calculator/10-Key adding machine by touch.

SOURCE & NATURE OF SUPERVISION: Reports to Director of Finance

DIRECTION & SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Records, tracks, and reports all LQAF finance transactions, including events; assists Director of Finance with Event Finance Volunteer supervision.


  1. Maintains computerized accounting system, Peachtree.
  2. Maintains general ledger ensuring adherence to GAAP.
  3. Maintains accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  4. Reconciles banks accounts and G/L accounts.
  5. Ensures compliance for all governmental reporting requirements.
  6. Monitors budget adherence.
  7. Maintains personnel vacation, sick leave, and time off records.
  8. Maintains petty cash, reconciling monthly.
  9. Maintains and tracks contributions.
  10. Prepares monthly financial statements and financial reports as requested.
  11. Assists Director of Finance with annual budget formation.
  12. Assists Director of Finance with annual audit preparation.
  13. Maintains fixed asset records and depreciation schedule.
  14. Maintains and tracks all program finances utilizing and updating related databases.
  15. Attends and participates in all LQAF Events.
  16. Orders and manages all finance supplies for LQAF events.
  17. Assists Director of Finance to coordinate and train finance volunteers for LQAF events. Administrative
  18. Assists Director of Finance maintaining LQAF storage facilities.
  19. Attends meetings as requested.
  20. Prepares minutes for meetings as requested.
  21. Other duties as assigned.

Participating Artists

Since 1982 La Quinta Arts Foundation has created programs and opportunities to nurture and support fine artists through our mission of Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.

Only the best artists qualify for La Quinta Arts Festival.  Undergoing a rigorous jury process competing with nearly 1,000 applicants these artists display mastery of their respective medium and excellence in presentation to qualify for La Quinta Arts Festival, RANKED #1 FINE ART FESTIVAL and #1 FINE CRAFT FESTIVAL IN THE NATION!  – “Greg Lawler’s 2014 Art Fair SourceBook.”

La Quinta Arts Foundation is proud to present the nation’s foremost contemporary artists at La Quinta Arts Festival.


Click Here to see an Alpha Listing of all Artists & Booth Numbers



Click Here to see all Ceramic Artists




Click Here to see all Drawing & Pastel Artists




Click Here to see all Fiber Artists




Click Here to see all Glass Artists




Click Here to see all Jewelry Artists




Click Here to see all Mixed Media Artists




Click Here to see all Painting Artists




Click Here to see all Photography Artists



Tanya Doskova, "La Corrida"

Click here to see all Printmaking Artists




Click here to see all Sculpture Artists




Click here to see all Wood Artists



2014 Entertainment Lineup

Steve Madaio & Friends
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2pm to 5pm

Master of trumpet and flugel horn, Steve Madaio has lived the life most musicians dream of.  Along with David Sandborn, he perfomed on stage at Woodstock with the Butterfield Blues Band.  Madaio toured and recorded with the legendary Janis Joplin, and enjoyed two world tours with the Rolling Stones.  Additionally Steve has toured and recorded with Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna and Barbara Streisand to name but a few.  As one of the most sought after recording session side men Steve has contributed to hundreds of artists albums.  No doubt some of these are in your music collection.  Steve is joined by Bobby O’Connor on keyboard, and HL Miller percussion and vocals.  Bring your danncing shoes as Steve and Friends will be swinging till the Festival closes, then take home Steve’s just rleased CD “Slices”.

Milton Merlos
Thursday, 10am to 3pm, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am to 1:30pm

Milton Merlos Jr. was born in Boston, MA.  At the age of 12 his love for the guitar was ignited and born, and by the age of 16 he was performing as a professional musician. Later Merlos traveled to Spain where he fell in love with Spanish Flamenco guitar, and that experience fueled his passion and sparked his commitment to the honored tradition of Flamenco!

Oscar Reynolds, Karumanta Music 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 5pm
Meadow Gazebo, East Rest Area

With a professional career of over 40 years in music, Bolivian-born artist Oscar Reynolds recently received honors from the Bolivian government for his lifetime achievement in music and dedication in developing, performing, and promoting Bolivian music in Bolivia and around the world.  Reynolds, of Quechua Indian and Irish ancestry, first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and although obtaining a law degree in 1987, decided to devote his life to his native music.   He has shared the stage with Chuscales, one of today’s leading flamenco guitarists, and notable Peruvian artists such as singer Cecilia Barraza, Susana Baca’s bassist David Pinto, and Perú Negro’s Lalo Izquierdo, among others. His latest collaborative project with Lalo Izquierdo and the California Academy of Sciences was commissioned by the Creative Work Fund Grant for Traditional Arts.  Oscar has eight full-length albums to his credit under his own independent label Karumanta Music. ‘Karumanta’ in Quechua, means “We have come from far away.”   Be transported to a distant place and time listening to Oscar’s melodic pan pipes and soothing acoustic guitar.

diosgracias 1DiosGracias VoceDans Theater
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am to 3pm
Throughout the Festival grounds 

Directed by Simeon Den, Marvin Tunney and Malia Gallegos, DiosGracias VoceDans Theater is a company of curated dancer/singers, who utilize the full range of the body as the instrument for artistic expression; integrating butoh-inspired movement and contemporary dance forms with vocal production including singing, reciting text, and vocalizing.  





Photo Booth
Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Lucky attendees visiting La Quinta Arts Festival on Saturday, March 8th will have the opportunity to memorialize their La Quinta Arts Festival experience and wax nostalgic. 

Remember the good old days when you and your friends squeezed together, pulled the curtain and said “cheese” for the magic camera and came away with a treasured photo? 

Stop by our modern day version Photo Booth, dress up and play artist, or just record your day at the Festival with family and friends.  Compliments of the Festival, you will receive your keepsake photo print and you can even upload the digital image to share on-line.

Photo Booth presented by:
Photo Booth

Food & Refreshments


Fisherman’s Market & Grill – Located in Restaurant Row (Northwest area adjacent to Library)

Mahi Tacos $11 – Char grilled fresh Mahi served on corn tortillas, white sauce, cabbage
Baja Fish Tacos $11 – Pacific Cod, battered deep fried served on corn tortillas, white sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo

Fish & Chips  $12 – Pacific Cod, battered, deep fried
Mahi Sliders $12 – Char grilled fresh Mahi served on Kings Hawaiian rolls, white sauce, cabbage 


Caesar Salad $8 – Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons 
Add – Cajun Salmon $4, or Grilled Chicken Breast $3
Albacore Lettuce Wraps $11 – Fresh Albacore Tuna, marinated, grilled with onions, celery, carrots, Wasabe dressing, spicy plum sauce in Lettuce Cups

Home made Kettle Chips $3 – side order
Sweet Potato Fries $3 – side order

Sodas & Ice Tea – $3, Water $2
Beer & Wine

Zen Oasis Lounge Presented by Shanghai Reds – (Northeast area adjacent to Civic Center) 

Edamame $8 – Steamed, tossed with kosher salt, served with Ponzu sauce
Vegetarian Egg Rolls $8 – Served with Spicy sweet chili sauce

Ahi Shewers $10 – Fresh Ahi seared rare or Sashimi, soy sauce, wasabe, pickled ginger
Chicken Satay$10 – Chicken skewers served with spicy peanut sauce
Mandarin Chicken Salad $10 – Chicken, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, crispy noodles on a bed of lettuce with Asian dressing

Chicken Lettuce Cups $12 – Chicken, water chestnuts, carrots, green onion, sliced almonds, spicy plum sauce served in Lettuce Cups
Mandarin Shrimp Salad$12 – Shrimp, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, crispy noodles on a bed of lettuce with Asian dressing
Ahi Poke $12 – Fresh Ahi tuna marinated in Ponzu sauce, served with avocado, freen onions, cilantro, topped with seaweed salad
Ahi Shewers $10…Fresh Ahi seared rare or Sashimi, soy sauce, wasabe, pickled ginger

Sodas & Ice Tea – $3, Water $2

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Located in Restaurant Row (Northwest area adjacent to Library)

USDA Prime Filet Steak Sandwich $12 – Served on a fresh roll, topped with grilled onions
USDA Prime Cheeseburger $11- Topped with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce & tomatoes
USDA Filet Steak Salad $11 – Served on a bed of mixed field greens tossed in Ruth’s vinaigrette, finished with blue cheese
Ruth’s Famous Homemade Seasoned Chips – tossed lightly in cajun spices $3

Soft Drinks $3 & Water $2
Wine Available

West Coast Hofbrau – Located in Restaurant Row (Northwest area adjacent to Library) 
Get your ‘umpah’ going with these great grilled on the spot offerings! 

Authentic German Sausage Sandwiches $11
   Nurenburger Bratwurst – the authentic bratwurst
   Bockwurst – a white sausage for the health conscience
   Hungarian – seasoned with Paprika
All sausage sandwiches are served on a pretzel bun with homemade “Kalikraut”  – fresh braised cabbage, applewood smoked bacon, balsamic vinegar – California’s version of sauerkraut and fresh kettle chips.  

Sliders $12 – 3 sliders of either Pulled Pork or Chicken BBQ topped with spicy coleslaw and served on Kings Hawaiian Rolls, served with a side of freshly made kettle chips.

Side of Freshly made Kettle Chips $4 – or add roasted garlic, rosemary, and sea salt $5

Soft Drinks $3 & Water $2


Island Bar

Just need a light pick-me-up?  Head to the Island Bar for your morning coffee fix, light snacks, wraps, sweets and cool refreshments!

Albacore Tuna Wrap $8
Turkey and Provolone Wrap $8
Assorted Muffins and Pastries baked fresh from Aspen Mills $4
Assorted Desserts $5

Soft Drinks, Beer & Wine Available

Red Phoenix Coffee (Mastercard/Visa accepted)
Hot Offerings – 12.oz cup
100% Kona Estate Hawaiian Coffee $3 (full body, medium smooth, mellow with floral aroma)
100% Vietnamese Coffee $2 (bold, smooth with sweet fruity notes)
Hot Chocolate with whipped cream $2
Hot Tea $2 (selected flavors)

Cold Offerings – 20 oz. cup
Kona Iced Coffee $4 (with Kona Mocha Syrup)
Vietnamese Iced Coffee$4 (sweetened with condensed milk)

Also Available – Fresh Roasted Whole Bean or Ground 1/2 lb. bags
100% Kona $12
Vietnamese Arabica $5

E. Pels Italian Ices

A festival favorite for over 30 years E. Pels returns with their highly sought after frosty treats in lemon, orange and mocha.

The Chocolate Bar Presented by Brandini Toffee Company – Located in the Meadow Gazebo 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Imagine vanilla ice cream bars dipped in dark or milk chocolate generously rolled in award winning toffee!  La Quinta’s own Sweet Masterminds at Brandini Toffee Company (as featured on Oprah) will be offering these and many more delectable sweet treats.  

Vanilla Toffee Ice Cream Bar $7.50 – A Premium vanilla ice cream bar hand dipped in dark or milk chocolate, covered in toffee bits and almonds.
Vanilla Toffee Milkshake $8.50 – Hand scooped vanilla ice cream, splash of milk with toffee bits, dark chocolate and almonds.

8oz. bag Cashew Almond Toffee Popcorn $10 – Toffee hand churned with fresh popcorn, cashews and almonds for a sweet. crunchy treat.
1/4 lb. bag Toffee $6 – Award winning hand made toffee topped with dark chocolate and chopped roasted almonds
1/2 lb. bag bite size Toffee $12- Perfect for Sharing!


Read more about the delicious food here!


Wines available at La Quinta Arts Festival – Presented by PMDL Wine Agency

PMDL Wine Agency represents boutique wineries, often family owned with small production lines (usually 5,000 cases) and a love and dedication to their craft.  We are pleased to be able to share PMDL’s special selections with you!  These wines are available from all service locations at the festival.  Read about them here!

Three Pears Pinot Grigio – Mason Cellars, Napa, CA  $7
Bread & Butter Chardonnay – Alias Wines, Napa, CA  $10
Bread & Butter Pinot Noir – Alias Wines, Napa, CA $10
Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon – Varner Wines, Paso Robles, CA $10