Welcome to our web site!
The "Yuma Potpourri Artists" group is a unique
collection of artists, artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen. Although many are permanent residents of Yuma, AZ, the group also
welcomes those who choose to winter here, in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
By hosting local art and craft shows, we offer talented individuals the opportunity to display and
sell their products. These events are open to anyone wishing to display, regardless of membership.
Our Mission Statement;
The purpose of the group is to preserve and promote the hand making
of arts and crafts. Whether producing fine art, folk art, hand crafted or hand made items, all persons, regardless
of age, sex, nationality or religious preference, are encouraged to share, demonstrate, and promote their skills. All
mediums and genres are encouraged.
The group works with the Yuma County
Fair to sponsor, promote and provide workers who help with the "Open Crafts and Hobbies Division" as well as
the "Student Art Division". These divisions supply an outlet for local persons to display and share their
The group also promotes the learning and teaching of hand making
decorative, as well as functional items, by sponsoring fund raising events. Net proceeds from these events are donated to
the Yuma County Library, earmarked for the purchase of art related books and videos.
History of the Yuma Potpourri
In 1975 some members of the painters group, The Desert Artists became interested in finding a location to sell their
paintings. It was decided that an organization to hold art shows would be formed.
Thus, the Yuma Potpourri Artists was formed. The
purpose of the new organization was to hold art shows where the members could show and sell their art. The
initial members were painters, potters, and jewelers. The organization itself was to be non profit.
The first shows were held in conjunction with the Yuma Fine Arts Association.
Each year they held a white elephant sale at the Library lawn to raise funds for their group. At
the same time the Yuma County Library would hold a used book sale. This show was held the first week in
December. This established the Yuma County Library as the primary group supported by the organization.
Over the years additional shows have been held on the library lawn, Southgate Mall, big
curve, and the Yuma County Fair Grounds.
The first president of
the organization was Barbara Tritz. She was followed by Anna Adams, Ken Davies and Hunter.
With time the group accepted crafters to join. This expanded the variety of items offered