Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts is back! -

The 16th Annual Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts is back on the beautiful grounds of the Holy Cross Retreat Center, September 4-5, 2021. Located in Mesilla Park, the Center is operated by the Province of Our Lady of Consolation and acts, as the name implies, as a retreat for those with medical, existential or transitional needs. The festival, filled with art, live music, food and drink vendors promotes appreciation for fine artists and their work, while also acting as a fundraiser for the various programs run by the Center.

With 80 to 90 vendors, including artists displaying in a variety of styles, and a beer and wine garden sponsored by Spotted Dog Brewery and Mesa Vista Winery, the festival promises to be everything it has been in previous years, despite the interruption last year. In order to accommodate current restrictions, booths will be spread out both outdoors and inside the center, while masks are mandated. Included in the booths will be paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photographs, clothing, quilts, woodwork, glasswork, community information, and much more.

The enchilada dinner, raffle and silent auction are also back, as are the two stages with live music by local musicians rotating throughout both days. New to the festival this year is the blessing of the motorcycles at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Hours for the festival are Saturday, September 4, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 5, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-524-3688.

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