Kingman, Arizona is on the fast track toward becoming
a dynamic haven for artists in western Arizona. The Kingman Center For The Arts located at 208 E. Beale Street hosts a variety of themed shows where local and regional artists display, and sell, their work. This is but one manifestation of the thriving arts community that is adding a vibrancy to the renaissance in the city’s historic district. Another example is the Art Hub where artists in residence teach classes and display unique works, and the ongoing renovation of the 1948 State Theater and its transformation into a performing arts center.
The Route 66 Association of Kingman is spearheading development of public art in the district including sculpture, murals, and neon signage. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Gregg Arnold, creator of Giganticus Headicus, a Route 66 landmark, and whimsical wind sculptures recently opened a gallery and workshop in downtown Kingman. There are also shops such as Southwest Trading Company that are providing an outlet for the work of local artisans.
If you prefer festivals that celebrate the arts and provide opportunity for artisans to display their work, keep an eye on the Promote Kingman calendar of events. The cornerstone for this blossoming series of events is the Annual Festival of the Arts, scheduled for the 12th and 13th of May, 2018. This will be the Fortieth Anniversary for this stellar event that takes place in Centennial Park. Presented by the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation, in 2017 more than 70 vendors participated with the display of hand-made arts and crafts including painters, ceramic and mixed media artists, photographers, and jewelers.
Novice, amateur, or professional visit Kingman for a bit of inspiration and then stop by Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas for your art supplies. “Our artists are our illustrators. They are the story tellers that when words couldn’t quite write the complete story. Let the story begin with some affordable art supplies from brushes to easels. Start your creative project here and get your art supplies to make your next masterpiece.”