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One of the region’s largest and most talked about art festivals is the Summerlin® Festival of Arts, celebrating its 24th year in the community and its fourth year at Downtown Summerlin® Oct. 12-13. Headlining the festival are more than 100 artists from Southern Nevada and surrounding states, each carefully selected by a jury of local art experts.

Guests will interact with many popular and returning artists, including painter Niki Sands, jeweler Darren Kensington and photographer Charles Siefert among others.

Live art demonstrations will be presented by students from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran High Schools. And for the science-minded, the award-winning Faith Lutheran High School Robotics program and the UNLV Engineering School and Nevada Society of Professional Engineers will offer interactive robotics demonstrations and hands-on science activities.

Interactive art activities at the Children’s Pavilion, hosted by Discovery Children’s Museum, include wearable art using various craft materials to create necklaces, watches and bracelets, along with meet and greets from community mascots, including Summerlin Sam. Balloon artists and face painters round out of the Festival’s offerings for kids.

The Summerlin Festival of Arts at Downtown Summerlin, Oct. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free to the public. Sponsors include Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun.

Art Alert: A walk through Bobby Wheat Contemporary Art at Downtown Summerlin will leave you inspired. Now in his ninth year as a self-published artist and gallery owner, Wheat has captured the attention of critics, collectors, and colleagues around the world representing fine art photography in its most raw and organic state.

Did you know? Roseman University offers a stellar collection of art at the two Summerlin campus buildings including a Chihuly chandelier, original works by Andy Warhol and much more.

Matthew Conlon
Daniel Ramirez