Friday, May 7, 2021 – 4 pm to 9 pm – Gala Opening
Art Show till 8 pm – Music & Lumininjas till 9 pm
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – 10 am to 6 pm – Art, Dance & Music Festival
at St John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave, Chico |Map
Art at the Matador is moving to Floral Ave, becoming Art at the Matador on Floral, and in the interest of public welfare, we are postponing the show until Mother’s Day weekend of 2021.
This event started 10 years ago as the Art Fiesta. Then it was renamed Art at the Matador as it was held every year at the historic Matador Motel on the Esplanade in Chico California. The festival was to run in May 2020. Then, because of the pandemic, the event was delayed until October of 2020. Now in the interest of public welfare, we must postpone again until May 7 and 8 of next year.
2021 will see a rebirth of the Art at the Matador on Floral with the goal of uniting artists, art organizations, and the public within a beautiful, serene oasis. This festival fosters the awareness that a strong arts community makes Chico a better place in which to live.
St John’s extensive grounds and conference facility will offer us, and our attendees, a serene oasis with beautiful gardens to meander through, a playground, plus plenty of space for our outdoor booths, a large conference hall to host our indoor booths, a stage for our live music entertainment, plenty of parking, and even a labyrinth to walk through.
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 value of art in Chico; and to encourage an appreciation of the Chico community – past and present. We will have booths for selected community organizations promoting the community well being and its art.
Local artists will transform their spaces into imaginative galleries open to the public. We will showcase live music and local talents. This event is a joyous event, free, and family friendly with live music, art demos, fun activities for kids, a penny-stamping machine, fairy doors tour, food and margaritas, and several cantinas.
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.