Art at the Gila River Festival


River Voice Time Pop-up Exhibit

Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24, 11 am - 5 pm

111 E. College Ave. Silver City

The Gila Collective is a group of artists and activists whose work inspires action to protect the wild Gila River.  Through an immersive multi-sensory environment,  "River Voice Time" addresses the river’s history and explores the river's voice through personification and as an expression of memory.

Developed as part of the "River Voice Time" installation, Gila Collective member and perfumer Stephen Dirkes of Euphorium Brooklyn developed RIVER Eau de Parfum for Men & Women.  A limited number of boxed sets will be available at the Gila River Festival.  Pre-order your set today! All proceeds benefit the Gila Conservation Coalition's work to protect the Gila River.

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Gila River Art Tour

Saturday, September 23, Gallery hours vary.

The Silver City Art Association coordinates this annual, self-guided Gila River Art Tour. Check out the more than 12 downtown galleries for their Gila River-themed displays and offerings of original art.  Download a list of participating galleries and hours of operation.  Visit the Silver City Art Association for a complete listing of downtown artists, galleries, and artist studios.

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Community Art Project - Sunburst: An Organic Mandala

Saturday, September 23, 2 pm - 4 pm, Big Ditch Park

Join artist Zoe Wolfe and architect Steven Shelendich to create a mandala out of natural materials in the Big Ditch Park. Feel free to bring organics to add to the mandala, which will remain on the site to decompose with the elements.


Presentation: Icons of the Gila with Diana Molina

Friday, September 22, 1 - 2pm, WNMU Global Resource Center

Artist, photographer, and curator Diana Molina’s presentation features her stunning photos of the Gila region and Chihuahuan Desert’s native food plants, and discusses how the land itself has a direct influence in the creation of human cultures. Our geography, with distinct natural features, unifies the experience of place, gives shape to our unique identity and collective character—unified but not homogenized. The Gila area’s rich plant and animal diversity is the result of its unique location at the intersection of the Chihuahuan Desert, the northernmost Sierra Madres, and the southernmost Rocky Mountains. Human cultures, too, converge and blend in this area, creating a bountiful mix of traditions, food, art, and music. Molina’s images depict the relationships of people, land, and culture rooted in a rich environment.


Presentation: Sanctuary - Film & Discussion with Victor Masayesva

Friday, September 22, 10:30 am - 12 pm, WNMU Global Resource Center

Returning to the Gila River Festival, Hopi filmmaker Victor Masayesva will present and discuss his in-progress film, Sanctuary. Many indigenous people including the Hopi, Nahua and Maya have a special connection with corn: to the extent that you can say that we are corn. From birth to death this connection is re-affirmed over and over again. Sanctuary is about the world community connected by corn and the dialogue emerging from this experience: How can we become interdependent with another species?  This is a human experience to be celebrated in these racially intolerant times.


Workshop: Empty Bowls Project

Saturday, September 23, Drop in between 10 am - 4pm; FREE

Syzygy Tile, 106 N. Bullard St.

Come to this FREE event, and glaze a clay bowl.   After firing the bowls will be sold (filled with soup!) during an Empty Bowls fundraiser on October 28th. All proceeds will benefit our local food pantry.

Join this fun River Festival event!  All materials will be provided. River themes are encouraged.

All ages welcome: children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


Monsoon Puppet Theater:  Mask Making & Parade

Saturday, September 23, 12:30 pm - 2pm

Mask Making -  12:30pm - 1:30 pm in Gough Park

Parade - 1:30 pm - 2pm Gough Park to Big Ditch Park

Kick off the Gila River Extravaganza with a special Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade.  Join the zany Monsoon Puppet Theater for a family-friendly parade, full of fun costumes, music, dance, and giant puppets! At 12:30 p.m., at the Gough Park gazebo, we’ll do face painting and mask making, with all materials provided, and line up for the parade at 1:30. Show off your painted faces, puppets, and masks! When the parade ends at Big Ditch Park, the party continues with more kid- and family-centered fun from 2:00–10:00 p.m. It’s all FREE!