Tempe's annual art festival this weekend

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The annual Festival of the Arts in Tempe started Friday on Mill Avenue.

This year, there are over 405 different vendors.

"There are 16 different visual art categories. In addition there is street entertainment, there are two stages, there are kids crafts," Kate Hastings of Tempe Festival of the Arts said.

Each year the festival gets hundreds of applicants of vendors wanting to be part of the event. Artists come from all over North America.

"It is different every single festival. There is a different selection of artists, there is exciting work to look at," Hastings said.

Each year they feature an artist and this year it is photographer Shawn Ray Harris. He is known for his portrait photography depicting individuals with masks.

"Sometimes the inspiration comes from the mask itself, sometimes it's the props, sometimes it's an outfit I come across in a thrift store, but the inspiration comes from just about anywhere," Harris said.

The event is free admission and runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.