Des Moines Art Festival – Ranked #10


Des Moines Art Festival

I am happy to report that one of my very favorite art fairs (they do everything right), the Des Moines Art Festival has just been ranked #10 by the readers of American Style magazine. Hum. I wonder who are #1-9? Well, I went looking at the American Style website and found the winners for 2006, and they are a wonderment:

1. Kentucky Crafted: The Market (Louisville, Ky.)
2. Paradise City Arts Festivals (Northampton, Mass.; Marlborough, Mass.; Philadelphia, Pa.)
3. St. James Court Art Show (Louisville, Ky.)
Scottsdale Arts Festival (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
5. Bayou City Art Festival (Houston, Texas)
6. Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
7. Ann Arbor Art Fairs (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
La Quinta Arts Festival (La Quinta, Calif.)
9. Downtown Festival & Art Show (Gainesville, Fla.)
10. Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival (Midway, Ky.)

Now, mind you I have been in this business for 30 years and three of these “Top Ten” events I have never even heard of. How about you?

Nonetheless, I am pleased to see Des Moines rated so high for 2007. About 10 years ago, a whirlwind of a woman, Mo Dana, came to town and sold the powers-that-be on developing a high profile art festival that would draw art lovers from throughout the region. She did an excellent job. No stone is left unturned by the festival organizers in providing support and hospitality to the artists who vie to be participants.

Another day I’ll write up the story. In the meantime, visit this link for more info and congratulations to this terrific art fair!


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