42nd Annual Art Exhibition and Sale

California Images & History

April 27, 28 & 29, 2018

Civic Center Plaza, 245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA [map]
Urban Art merges with Traditionalism in the San Dimas Festival of Arts 42nd Art Exhibition

California Images & History is gearing up for another sensational display of fine art and sculpture highlighting the broad scenic spectrum and range of terrain encompassing the state of California.  This show brings together a diverse collection of artists, mediums and perspectives of California, from mountain to shore, its entertainment, oil and agricultural industries, and its many historic sites and scenes.  Come meet the artists, and talk about their inspiration and work. There is something for everybody at The San Dimas Festival of Arts and the public is invited to attend and enjoy the show and sale of fabulous art on display.

There will be artists on location painting throughout the city, special events throughout the weekend, and great art to see and purchase.

The exciting weekend events begin on Friday evening, April 27, with a Premier Opening Reception at 6:00 (reservations required).

Viewing of all the unique and original fine artwork is free of charge and opens on April 27th at 6:00 pm by reservation, and to the public on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 am; and Sunday, April 29th at 10:00 am. 

Click here for a list of exhibiting artists and a detailed calendar of events...

"Wheel of Life" by featured artist and Juror, April Raber


2nd Story Gallery

Historic Walker House, 121 North San Dimas Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773. (909) 599-5374.

The 2nd Story Gallery will be closed during April. Check in again for news of our May show.

The 2nd Story Gallery is located in the historic Walker House and is open to the public, free of charge, on the 2nd & 3rd Friday and Saturday evenings of each month from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Parking is also free. Artist receptions with wine and hors d’oeuvres are held on Friday evenings.


21st Fall Art Show and Appraisal Fair

October 20–22, 2017

Civic Center Plaza, 245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA [map]

The Festival of Arts presented a fine art show along with the ever popular Appraisal Fair. Both events were held at Civic Center Plaza – it’s where the arts and antiques merge together to create one exciting family and collector event!


41st Annual Fine Art Show

California Images & History

April 28-30, 2017

Civic Center Plaza, 245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA [map]

VIEW PHOTO ALBUM from this Exhibition on Flickr (opens in new tab)

Since the inception of the new theme, California Images & History, the San Dimas Festival of Arts has sought to bring innovative ideas to the forefront of the art festival season. The California Images & History theme is demonstrated by 30 artists who portray the vast diversity of the state with art that exemplifies the splendors of the coast, vast mountain ranges, and flourishing wine country. More details on the 41st Annual Fine Art Show page including a list of exhibiting artists.

2016 Spirit of the West

Martin Grelle

Reverence by Martin GrelleOn April 23, 2016, Martin Grelle, one of the top western artists in the country, was honored by the Festival of Arts 2016 with their Spirit of the West award.

Martin’s relationship with the Festival began in 1977 when he exhibited his work in the first seven years of their western themed shows. Therefore, it is a fitting tribute that after 33 years, the Festival celebrates their 40th Anniversary with Martin Grelle from a fledgling artist to his brilliant rise in the art world.

The Spirit of the West award was presented by Congressman David Dreier during the Awards Diner. Earlier in the day, Grelle acted as a judge for the show and also entertained us with a lecture on his work.

Martin Grelle is a listed artist with work selling in some of the top auction houses and galleries around the country. His work captures the spirit, beauty, and vastness of the West in his historically accurate, compelling images. His art portrays the diverse cultures of the American West with sensitivit, but it is his thorough research and experience as a horseman that sets his work above the rest. Full story...