A masked crowd perused arts and crafts Saturday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio as the first of a two-working day arts show and sales celebration kicked off.

About 50 artists collected in the Hacienda del Toro tent for the celebration, billed as the Indio Food items & Art at Empire Polo Club, promoting paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other crafts.

“What an astounding turnout,” Judy Mickel of Judy’s Gems mentioned.

About a dozen people today have been searching at her varied collection of jewelry laid out on tables in the shade of a cover. Mickel of La Quinta, who operates an Etsy store and frequently reveals at the Art on Key Road in Previous City La Quinta, said she was satisfied with how a lot she had offered so early in the initial working day of the function.

A noodle dish from Say Huyen Catering is photographed at the Indio Food and Art event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., on April 17, 2021.

“It is so great to see persons out and taking pleasure in the sunshine,” Mickel said.

An event organizer welcoming guests at the entrance, off of Monroe Street, said that they experienced currently had about 1,600 attendees as of midday Saturday.

Liz Cummings barely experienced time to explain her get the job done, there had been so numerous folks seeking at her pieces in the exhibition room she shared with Myra Bug. The two make complimentary do the job. Bug building what are referred to as “tranquil oboes,” wrapped fiber cylindrical tapestries. Cummings works with paint on canvas that she describes as architectural in condition and iridescent in colour.

Michael Phillips, who paints in a fashion he calls “fantasy realism,” was also occupied conversing to possible potential buyers of his do the job, which depicts every thing from a white buffalo to an owl flying with wings outstretched in entrance of a backdrop of sheet lightning.

People gather at the Indio Food and Art event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., on April 17, 2021.

Phillips traveled to the display from Thousand Oaks, saying the distance wasn’t an concern for him as he normally travels close to the state to exhibit his perform.

“Absolutely everyone seems to be acquiring a whole lot of pleasurable,” Phillips claimed.

 He said he was happy to be at the clearly show and hopes that comparable exhibitions will go on to select up momentum as the state eases limits on gathering because of to the COVID-19 pandemic. He would generally be at a display thirty day period, he stated, but last 12 months only attended 3.

The event is sponsored by the metropolis of Indio, Empire Polo Club, Bigger Coachella Valley Chamber, as properly as other people.

Artist Neil Russell of Los Angeles talks with a potential buyer during the Indio Food and Art event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., on April 17, 2021.

West Coastline Gyros ended up offering a wraps and Say Huyen Catering was marketing banh mi and noodle salads. Alcholic beverages had been also offered.

The party will go on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..