The Circle of Art began in 1989 & the first two Circle of Art events were held in conjunction with the Borrego Springs Grapefruit Festival. In 1991 The Circle of Art became a singular stand alone event drawing upon the beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert in the Spring.
Every year in March Borrego Springs is host to the Circle of Art at Christmas Circle Park in the heart of the village. Hence the name "Circle of Art". This fine arts show is FREE to the public and features over seventy artists.
The Circle of Art is sponsored by Basic Assistance to Students in the Community (BASIC), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt corporation that provides grants & scholarships for educational purposes to the residents of Borrego Valley. Proceeds from the show are used for the scholarship fund.
Organizers select about 70 artists for the show each year, exhibiting quality paintings and art works representing a variety of media including oil and watercolors, photography, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, weaving and jewelry.
Each year an artist is selected for the featured art on a poster commemorating the show. Posters from current & previous years are available for purchase (some signed by the artists), featuring works by artists Marjorie Reed, Carol Duffy, Andre Blanche, Dillie Thomas, Dusty Kinman, David Salk, Nancy Lynn, Lee Jayred, Dorothy Cochran, Sunny Daniels and more.
Posters can also be ordered through the website.
Many of the poster artists return to the show each year to display other examples of their work at the outdoor fine art show.