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 1992 the first "Print of the Year" was produced and in 1993 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 approximately 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 60 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 22" x 28" print commemorating the show. Prints 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.
Prints suitable for framing may be purchased from several locations in Borrego Springs, CA as well as the Visitors Center in the State Park. The Anza-Borrego Desert Nature Center also handles phone & email orders for the prints shown here. To order prints, contact the Nature Center at 760-767-3098. Some Prints are no longer available.
Many of the artists return to the show each year to display other examples of their work at this outdoor fine art show.