Saturday, October 8, 2016

Summerlin® Festival Of Arts This Weekend At Downtown Summerlin®


If your idea of the perfect weekend includes fine art, top notch entertainment, a variety of culinary delights and some unique experiential attractions, the 21st annual Summerlin Festival of Arts is for you.  Set this weekend, Oct. 8 and 9 at Downtown Summerlin, the Festival of Arts is a cherished fall tradition in the master-planned community and attracted more than 30,000 festival-goers last year.  The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of Summerlin and organizer of the Festival, expects the crowd to grow even more this year with a robust line-up of art and entertainment. 

“The Summerlin Festival of Arts continues to expand its offerings on the heels of its very successful move to Downtown Summerlin last year,” said Danielle Bisterfeldt, VP- marketing, Summelin. “The Festival is now in its 21st year and has easily earned a reputation for quality art and entertainment, and now, delicious culinary offerings from Downtown Summerlin restaurants and eateries.  With so many talented singers, dancers and musicians joining the painters, sculptors and photographers, the Summerlin Festival is truly a celebration of the arts.”

Headlining the Festival’s vast art offerings are more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the country who were selected through a juried process to showcase and sell their original creations.  Mediums include photography, woodwork, oil, watercolor, sculpture, glass, jewelry, metal and pottery.

Among the artists new to the Festival this year are two well-known names from Laguna Beach, California:  Marcus Thesing, a glassblower, and Sarvi Hosseini, a jeweler.  The couple has frequently exhibited at both the main art festival in Laguna as well as the famed Sawdust Festival.  Thesing was trained by John Barber, a pioneer of the New Renaissance glass movement. He creates hand blown art glass with a sculptural emphasis. Color is created from metal and mineral oxide, and some of his pieces are sandblasted to create a matte finish. Hosseini creates unique jewelry via the Lost Wax Cast Method, which involves meticulously hand carving waxes and hand casting into sold gold and sterling silver.  She then adds precious stones, leather and enamel for added color and texture. 

In addition to many new artists, the Festival’s favorites are also returning, including metalworker Mike Beals, watercolorist Nikki Sands, and abstract expressionist painter Richard Daniel, among dozens of others. 

Taking lead roles in the Festival’s entertainment line-up is a performance from Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers, Tap Dancing Twins Sean & John of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, pop-up performances by Nevada Ballet Theatre throughout the venue, and popular singers and bands including Avalon Landing and Chadwick Johnson.

Local schools will be well represented with performances from Del Sol High School’s Mariachi Band, Palo Verde High School Jazz Band, The Meadows Elite Strings and Faith Lutheran High School Women’s Ensemble.  A new dance troupe headed by former Cirque performer, Tyrell Rolle, will also perform, along with jazz singer Toscha Comeaux and a quartet from Nevada School of the Arts.

Interactive art activities at the Children’s Pavilion, hosted by Discovery Children’s Museum, include fall-themed art projects such as designing marbled leaves, scented apples, and tissue paper trees.  Children and parents can also enjoy balloon art creations, face-painting and a mascot meet and greet. And Chef Chan Boupha from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas returns with live pumpkin and vegetable carving demonstrations. 

Other unique activities include the Art of Performance Driving Experience in a Jaguar or Land Rover with race car driver Davy Jones; a children’s Putt Putt challenge hosted by Shriners Hospitals for Children Open; demonstrations of robots built by Faith Lutheran High School engineering students; children’s science activities hosted by UNLV Engineering Department & Nevada Society of Professional Engineers;  an opportunity to meet the team and see the design of UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Team; and an opportunity support HomeAid Southern Nevada’s “Bag Hunger” Donation Drive.

The Summerlin Festival of Arts on The Lawn in Downtown Summerlin, October 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is free to the public. Sponsors include the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas, Cox Communications and KSNE Sunny 106.5.

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Performing on stage today at the Summerlin Festival of Arts are Tap Dancing Twins Sean & John of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace.  More than 100 featured artists, a full line-up of entertainment, children’s activities and culinary offerings from Downtown Summerlin eateries comprise the 21st annual arts festival at Downtown Summerlin, Oct. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Photo credit:  Denise Truscello


About Summerlin

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 7,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 150 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 22 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, nine golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes– priced from the $300,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s. Visit for more information.


About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 16 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.                           

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