Art to take center stage at Safford Spring Festival

Tabetha Aranda will conduct a Dip and Sip painting class at the Safford Spring Festival on Saturday. - Contributed Photo/Tabetha Aranda

SAFFORD — The Safford Spring Festival promotes itself as a wine, art and history event, but it’s the art that seems to be dominating this year’s event.

The Art Guild of Eastern Arizona announced it will be exhibiting the work of local artists at The Venue on Main Street during the festival. There will also be works of art on sale as a fund-raiser for the guild.

Joe Roaneagle, the artist who crafted the murals at Sarah’s Bullpen and 19 Double X Studios, will present a Graffiti Art Contest Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tabetha Aranda will host a Dip and Sip painting and wine event at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

A hands-on class on how to upcycle a wine barrel lid by Roycycled Treasures will take place Saturday at the Safford Spring Festival. – Contributed Photo/Roycycled Treasures

And Royce Hunt-Bell, of Roycycled Treasures, will conduct five different classes over the two days — a multi-media upcycling of wine barrel lids on Saturday, and four crafting of art blocks on Saturday and Sunday, each in a different media.

Admission to the Safford Spring Festival is free. Tickets for wine tatstings and the Dip and Sip art class can be purchased at 2021 Safford Spring Festival Tickets, Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite.

Reservations for the Roycycled Treasures classes can be purchased at Safford Spring Festival (Wine and Art Festival) (

In addition to the art and wine tastings, there will be tours of the historic Safford Theater and musical performances both days, including a special performance by singer-songwriter Ryan Innes on Saturday evening. All musical performances are free.

The Safford Spring Festival is put on by the Graham County Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Kempton Chevrolet, III Counties Distributing, the City of Safford and Double R Communications.