Dia De Colores Art Festival, October 20

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The Superior Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the cool and colorful days of Arizona autumn with the 11th annual Dia de Colores on Saturday, October 20.

Founded by Lynn Heglie, Event Chairman and owner of Porter’s Cafe, this eventshowcases the myriad talents of artists of all sorts, who are living in Superior or are connected with this former mining town whom sports a history that is colorful in its own right.

Begin your day of fun with a pancake breakfast fundraiser , from 8 am-10am,at Porter’s Cafe. This tasty treat is sponsored by the local Soroptimists association, to raise money for youth activities in Superior.

Kids will gather at the park for a mural art project. When it’s time for a mid-day snack, food vendors will be available to satisfy. For a before and after lunch treat, visit the art vendors, or experience acar show featuring lowriders, classic cars and more, from 8 am – 2 pm. To add to the fun, live music by Chuck Wagon & the Wheels will be played at Porter’s Cafe from 11 am – 2 pm.

There will be a studio gallery tour displaying paintings, photographs, ceramics and sculptures, and Dia de los Muertos alters. The art tour will be open to visitors from 10 am – 5 pm and will include artist’s studios.

Among the half-dozen studios featured will be Chuck Davison, whose vivid rustic murals are landmarks of downtown Superior; Stone sculptor Tommy Macias;painters Bernie Neinaber and Marilee Lasch who will also open their homes to visitors for the day; and don’t miss a rare chance to meet ceramic artist Terry Stone and buy unique artworks at his singular home-studio. He might even be sharing some of his homemade chicory with guests. Other features of the tour are the Rolling Rock Gallery; Porter’s Cafe; La Serna General Store; and the Copper Gecko.

If you are a plein air painter, you might be interested in accepting an invitation to help capture Superior scenes, of town architecture and dramatic natural features, Members of the Arizona Plein Air Painters association (APAP) will be there; and local artist Burdell Moody will offer an informal lecture about plein air painting and demonstration of his techniques

Visitors can wind up their day of color with a meet-the-artists reception from 4pm -6 pm,followed by a special edible desert dinner, with live musical entertainment, from 6 pm – 9 pm. The dinner will be under the stars, at the recently renovated Magma Club. Music will be provided by the regional jazz duo “Uno Dos’.

Tickets are $10for the self-guided studio/gallery tour and $20 for dinner. Tickets, maps and event t-shirts will be available beginning at 10 am on Main Street, building 161.

For more information or advance tickets, contact Shelly Casillas: phone number 480-540-8945/emailrachellecasillas@gmail.com or Superior chamber office at 520-689-0200. For updates on event planning, go online to http://www.superiorazchamber.net.

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