By Susan Mahalick
May 9, 2014 (Baja California)--Art Fest started due to the vision of one man who wanted to promote the abundance of fine art in the northern Baja area. Organizer Benito del Aguila Malvaez, owner of Los Naguales, a Mexican folk art gallery, has been putting on this event since it started in 2009 with 5000 attendees.
Last year the festival grew to 12,000 with projection for this year of 14,000. Eighty artists are represented. Some of the most well known of the area will be here to great you warmly and offer their wares for sale at reasonable prices: Francisco Cabello, Polo Valencia, Paco Garcia, Becris, Robert Pace Kidd, and Scott Kennedy to name just a few. Great masters of Mata Ortiz pottery and Oaxacan terracotta ceramics will be on display and available to purchase as well as local crafts and art jewelry. There is something for everyone.
More artists sell here than the festival in Tijuana which is larger.
Organic foods, wine from Guadalupe valley to delight the senses and sample will be available for purchase. There will also be food booths, live music and dancing. Booths for tourism activities will assist you with planning the rest of your stay or a return trip.
Benito specializes in Mexican folk art from all around the country. He has a shared gallery space with David Silva in the shops on the main boulevard in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel around the back on the courtyard side in the southern corner.
Open 11 to 10, May 24th and 25th
Downtown Rosarito near the Festival Plaza Hotel
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Susan A Mahalick has lived in Baja for eleven years and has blog about Baja called susanblogsinbaja.com. She also has a practical guide for living in Baja called My Gold Coast—Baja on Amazon