Friday, May 10 – 4 pm to 9 pm – Gala Opening
Art Show till 8 pm – Music and Fire Dancing till 9 pm
Saturday, May 11 – 10 am to 6 pm – Art, Dance & Music Festival
at the Matador Motel, The Esplanade between 9th and 10th Avenue, Chico | Map
Now in its ninth year, the Art at the Matador at the historic Matador Motel on The Esplanade and 9th Avenue continues to raise the profile of Chico’s visual arts community. This two-day, one-stop Art Expo has three aims: to give local artists a space of their own from which to share their visions; to educate the public about the variety and quality of the art in Chico; and to encourage an appreciation of the Chico vecino neighborhood – past and present.
Local artists transform rooms and tents into imaginative galleries. The Matador Motel becomes a living gallery. A large outdoor tent showcases live music and local talents. It is a joyous block party, free, and family friendly with live music, art demos, fun activities for kids, a penny-stamping machine, fire dancing, Fairy Doors tour, food and drinks, a cantina, and easy parking. More exiting events are planned, so stay tuned!
ChiVAA’s aim in organizing and sponsoring the Art at the Matador is to educate the public in the quality and variety of creativity of the Chico Visual Arts and Performing Arts Communities. ChiVAA also want to promote collecting original art with the goal of every home having at least one original art piece by a local artist. The Art at the Matador is a great way to connect with many of the artists in the area.