Why the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts is Unique in the Art World

The theme for this year's Festival of the Arts asks the question "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

For five years now, the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts has brought art to the public in an enormous, magical, energy-filled, and FREE event every Memorial Day weekend. By providing inspiration on how to approach your own wild and precious life through visual art, musical and dance performances, and even a musical petting zoo, the festival stands alone as an art experience for all ages.

Nothing within 200 miles touches this event in terms of the quality of artists, musicians and pure experience for attendees.  And it's FREE to attend.

In addition to the magical main event that happens on Saturday, May 25th in the downtown city park, this year's festival has acquired a stunning crop of visual artists, some who will display only during the main event, and some whose work will hang for a month at Studios on the Park.

So while you're here for the Festival of the Arts, be sure to check out the special exhibitions that feature some of the most talented artists ever assembled under the canopies in Paso Robles.

If you find yourself in Paso Robles between Memorial Day weekend and June 30th, step into Studios on the Park to continue your quest for how to best spend the rest of your wild and precious life.

Special Exhibitions include:

"Wild and Precious" Exhibition
May 23 - June 30, 2013
Studios on the Park Atrium
1130 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

This special exhibition at Studios on the Park will showcase original artworks inspired by the Mary Oliver poem "The Summer Day." Juror Elizabeth Tolley selected pieces demonstrating personal vision and creative approach as well as excellence in execution.

Emerging Artists Collective
May 25, 2013
~one day only~
Downtown City Park, Paso Robles, CA

A loose-knit group of mostly self-taught artists who have found commonality within lowbrow, graffiti, and neo-surrealism, make art that reflects the lifestyles they lead. This special one-day exhibition at the Festival of the Arts Main Event on Saturday, May 25 will feature a handful of such emerging artists from across the Central Coast.

Plein Air Masters
May 23 - June 30, 2013
Studios on the Park Classroom Gallery
1130 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA

The second annual Plein Air Masters invitational exhibition will showcase paintings by a dozen of America's top plein air painters, all brought together by the very special Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. The lineup reads like a Who's Who of plein air painters and the exhibition provides both a benchmark for landscape painting as well as some of the most unique perspectives participating in plein air painting today.

About the Festival of the Arts:
A program of Studios on the Park, the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts every Memorial Day Weekend in the Downtown City Park. Action packed and lively, the day starts with a Plein Air Quick-Draw and Auction, followed by a Fine Art Show and Sale featuring 50 artists from around the country, a public mural project,  hands-on children's and teen art stations, environmental displays including giant sand sculptures, live music, dance performances and other musical and visual surprises. Proceeds from art sales at the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts support local arts organizations and the Salinas River Corridor Project.

This event is FREE to the public! For more information, go to http://www.pasoartfestival.com/