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Culture: ARTS FESTIVALS around the SOUTH 2012
Curated by Linda Lokey
Gail Ross and Julie McKinney (pictured)  have been friends and co-creators for the last 5 years.  Besides  juggling kids and family, they look forward to weekends spent at local  Southern Art Festivals.  They not only show their wares but they have  made life-long friends and have found kindred spirits among the other  vendors.  Their unique jewelry is made from various items including but  not limited to clothing, soda tops, sea glass and gems.  Their style is  chic, artistic and bohemian.
Click here for some of their tips for visiting your next local art festival.
Q:  Name your 5 favorite southern festivals to attend and why?
A:   Our favorite festivals are:  Dunwoody Arts Festival, Sandy Springs Art  Festival, Norcross Arts Festival, Country Living Fair and St. Pius X  Holiday Marketplace.
The main reasons that we love these particular festivals is: the management teams that run them do an excellent job in setting up  the shows, advertising, selecting good, quality artists and  communication.  Each have been in existence for many years and have a  dedicated following of not only quality artists but many repeat  customers/visitors.  The Dunwoody Arts Festival, Norcross Art Festival  and (new this year) the Acworth Art Festival are all run by the same  management team of Splash Festivals.  They do a fantastic job of running  these art festivals and they treat the vendors (us) like royalty!!  The  lines of communication are always open with them, they have an  extensive team of volunteers who help with the shows buy helping us  vendors with set up, take down and through out the shows with things  like, booth sitting if we need a break, a snack and drink cart that  continuously comes around to treat us and always having a presence there  to assist us in any way that we may need help or have questions.  The  Splash Festivals team rocks and we’ve learned that any show that they  produce will have great results because they do such a good job  advertising and getting the word out to their MANY loyal followers!!
Q:  Do you usually buy items for yourself during a festival?
A:   We always make a point of walking the festivals ourselves to check out  the other vendors, both to shop for ourselves and also to see what  others are producing, check out displays and use of booth space and to  see if customers are drawn to their booths and if so, why.  Inspiration,  in both our products and displays, can come from other vendors and  what’s working or not working for them.  We have also made many contacts  and friends with other vendors just comparing notes on what are good  shows to do, what to stay away from, travel/hotel accommodations, money  saving tips as far as expenses for shows, etc.  Walking a show is a  great way to network with other artists!
Q:  If so, who are some of your favorite artists at festivals?
A:   Every show varies as to artists we buy from.  I don’t think that either  of us has favorites.  Sometimes there may be a vendor at a show that  we’ve purchased from in the past and we check them out again for new  items/products, but overall, we like the “thrill of the hunt” to find  something new each time.
Q:  What gives you inspiration for your work?
A:   I would say that our inspiration comes mostly from just trying to look  around us and picture putting things that we already have but do not  utilize anymore to a new purpose.  Either by taking apart old jewelry  and remaking it into something exciting or cutting up old/out of style  clothing and fashioning a new accessory or finding a new/unintentional  purpose for stuff we have but no longer use in it’s original capacity,  like a tennis racket to use as an earring display or a bike wheel used  to suspend and hang necklaces.  I’d say originally our inspiration was  driven by trying to keep our costs down while trying to come up with an  “ah-ha” theme of “why didn’t I think of using that”……..old sweater  for a brooch, bottle cap for jewelry, sea glass for earrings, etc.!
Q:  Can you explain why a ‘southern’ festival is unique or special?
A:   I think that what’s unique at “southern” festivals is the overall  warmth and friendliness not only from the customers, who seem to  genuinely appreciate not only the craftsmanship/work that we put into  our products, but our time commitment to put ourselves out there, but  also the camaraderie we’ve experienced from competing vendors.  We  haven’t yet had any experiences where there seems to be a competition to  “steal” customers from each other.  We’re all in this together and tend  to support each others ventures.  We’re all in this “business” for  different reasons, whether it’s because we have to financially or if  it’s because we want to as our hobby, and we respect that of each other  and support that.
2012 Schedule of Southern Art Festivals-
April 14 & 15  Acworth, GA Acworth Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/
April 14 & 15  Chattanooga, TN
  Four  Bridges Art Festival
    the First Tennessee Pavilion, Southside  District of downtown, Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
    150  Exhibitors
April 20-22
  Atlanta, GA
  Dogwood Festival of the Arts 
    Piedmont Park
    Friday, noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, noon-7pm
    250 Exhibitors
April 27-29
  Birmingham, AL
    29th Annual Contemporary Art Festival,
 Linn Park, 710 20th St North,
 10am-6pm
    200 Exhibitors
 April 27-29
  Huntsville, AL
     Panoply  Arts Festival
    Big Spring International Park, Von Braun Center,  Friday & Saturday, 5pm-9pm; Sunday, noon-8pm
    115 Exhibitors
April 27-29 
(2 weekends)  New Orleans, LA
     New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
    11am-7pm
  60 Fine Art Exhibitors
  www.nojazzfest.com
April 28 & 29
  Louisville, KY
     Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
    Cherokee Parkway in Willow Park
  10am-6pm200 Exhibitors
April 28-29
  Hilton Head Island, SC
      Art Market at Historic Honey Horn
     Historic Honey Horn Plantation,  Gumtree Rd
    Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
    75 Exhibitors
May 3-6  
New Orleans, LA
     New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
   11am-7pm
     60 Fine Art Exhibitors
 www.nojazzfest.com
May 4-6
  Nashville, TN
     TACA  Spring Craft Fair
held on the lawn of Nashville’s Parthenon, 2600 West  End Avenue
    Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    165  Exhibitors
May 11-13  
Greenville, SC
     Artisphere
    West End Historic District
    Friday, 4pm-8pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
    120 Exhibitors
 www.artisphere
May 12 & 13  Dunwoody, GA Dunwoody Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/
May 12 & 13
  Tupelo, MS     GumTree Festival, 
Old Courthouse lawn in Historic Downtown,
 Saturday, 9am-5:30; Sunday, 10:30am-5pm
    120 Exhibitors
May 19 & 20
  Raleigh, NC
   Artsplosure Spring Arts Festival
    Moore Square, downtown 
Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    175 Exhibitors

May 25-June 10  Charleston, SC   Spoleto  Festival, downtown, more than 140 performances in 13 venues, featuring  60 artistic ensembles and individual performers.  Music, plays, dance  and visual artist are all part of the 2 week festival.  http://spoletousa.org
May 26 & 27  
Decatur, GA
    Decatur  Arts Festival 2011
    Historical Old Courthouse Square
    Saturday,  9:30am-10:30 pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
    140 Exhibitors

DATES below are still to be determined…
June-
  Harpers Ferry, WV
     Mountain Heritage Art & Craft Festival, Sam Michael’s Park, 
10am-5pm
  190 Exhibitors
June-
  Nashville, TN
      American Artisan Festival in Centennial Park, 2600 West End Ave,
  Friday, noon-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
    150  Exhibitors
August- 
 Asheville, NC
     Village  Art & Craft Fair
    On the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in  Biltmore Village 
    Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, noon-6pm
    120  Exhibitors
September-   Atlanta, GA     2011 Atlanta Arts Festival
    Piedmont Park
    Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
    200 Artists
  www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com
September-  Sandy Springs, GA  Sandy Springs Art Festival http://www.sandyspringsfestival.com/
September- 
 Durham, NC     Centerfest, Foster Street at Durham Central Park, Downtown Durham
    Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12noon-6pm
    150 Artists
September-   Nashville, TN   TACA Fall Craft Fair
    Centennial Park,
Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday,10am-5pm
    200 Exhibitors
September-  Atlanta, Georgia     Midtown Festival of the Arts, Peachtree Street
    Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11 am-6pm
    130 Exhibitors
September-   Fairhope, AL     23rd Annual Jubilee Festival, Omussee Creek Park    10am-5pm
    85 exhibitors
September-  Memphis, TN
  Pink  Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park,
Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-7pm;  Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    250 Exhibitors
September-
  Louisville, KY      St. James Court Art Show
in the Historic St. James Court  neighborhood
   Fri. & Sat., 10am -6 pm; Sun. 10am-5pm 
 750  exhibitors
October-    Bella Vista, AR      Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
    Located Forest Hills Blvd.  and Hwy 340 in Bella Vista, 8am-5pm daily
    300 Exhibitors
October-  Norcross, GA  Norcross Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/
October- 
 Northport, AL
     Kentuck Festival of the Arts
    Kentuck Park, 9am-5pm, 250 Exhibitors
November-    Charlotte, NC     Charlotte Festival of the Arts,  Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
    125 Exhibitors
 www.paragonartevents.com/charlotte
November-   Wilmington, NC      Wilmington Art & Craft Show
    Wilmington Convention Center, 515  Nutt St
 Saturday, 10 am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
 150 Exhibitors
   www.WilmingtonArtShow.com

Culture: ARTS FESTIVALS around the SOUTH 2012

Curated by Linda Lokey

Gail Ross and Julie McKinney (pictured) have been friends and co-creators for the last 5 years.  Besides juggling kids and family, they look forward to weekends spent at local Southern Art Festivals.  They not only show their wares but they have made life-long friends and have found kindred spirits among the other vendors.  Their unique jewelry is made from various items including but not limited to clothing, soda tops, sea glass and gems.  Their style is chic, artistic and bohemian.

Click here for some of their tips for visiting your next local art festival.

Q:  Name your 5 favorite southern festivals to attend and why?

A:  Our favorite festivals are:  Dunwoody Arts Festival, Sandy Springs Art Festival, Norcross Arts Festival, Country Living Fair and St. Pius X Holiday Marketplace.

The main reasons that we love these particular festivals is:
the management teams that run them do an excellent job in setting up the shows, advertising, selecting good, quality artists and communication.  Each have been in existence for many years and have a dedicated following of not only quality artists but many repeat customers/visitors.  The Dunwoody Arts Festival, Norcross Art Festival and (new this year) the Acworth Art Festival are all run by the same management team of Splash Festivals.  They do a fantastic job of running these art festivals and they treat the vendors (us) like royalty!!  The lines of communication are always open with them, they have an extensive team of volunteers who help with the shows buy helping us vendors with set up, take down and through out the shows with things like, booth sitting if we need a break, a snack and drink cart that continuously comes around to treat us and always having a presence there to assist us in any way that we may need help or have questions.  The Splash Festivals team rocks and we’ve learned that any show that they produce will have great results because they do such a good job advertising and getting the word out to their MANY loyal followers!!

Q:  Do you usually buy items for yourself during a festival?

A:  We always make a point of walking the festivals ourselves to check out the other vendors, both to shop for ourselves and also to see what others are producing, check out displays and use of booth space and to see if customers are drawn to their booths and if so, why.  Inspiration, in both our products and displays, can come from other vendors and what’s working or not working for them.  We have also made many contacts and friends with other vendors just comparing notes on what are good shows to do, what to stay away from, travel/hotel accommodations, money saving tips as far as expenses for shows, etc.  Walking a show is a great way to network with other artists!

Q:  If so, who are some of your favorite artists at festivals?

A:  Every show varies as to artists we buy from.  I don’t think that either of us has favorites.  Sometimes there may be a vendor at a show that we’ve purchased from in the past and we check them out again for new items/products, but overall, we like the “thrill of the hunt” to find something new each time.

Q:  What gives you inspiration for your work?

A:  I would say that our inspiration comes mostly from just trying to look around us and picture putting things that we already have but do not utilize anymore to a new purpose.  Either by taking apart old jewelry and remaking it into something exciting or cutting up old/out of style clothing and fashioning a new accessory or finding a new/unintentional purpose for stuff we have but no longer use in it’s original capacity, like a tennis racket to use as an earring display or a bike wheel used to suspend and hang necklaces.  I’d say originally our inspiration was driven by trying to keep our costs down while trying to come up with an “ah-ha” theme of “why didn’t I think of using that”……..old sweater for a brooch, bottle cap for jewelry, sea glass for earrings, etc.!

Q:  Can you explain why a ‘southern’ festival is unique or special?

A:  I think that what’s unique at “southern” festivals is the overall warmth and friendliness not only from the customers, who seem to genuinely appreciate not only the craftsmanship/work that we put into our products, but our time commitment to put ourselves out there, but also the camaraderie we’ve experienced from competing vendors.  We haven’t yet had any experiences where there seems to be a competition to “steal” customers from each other.  We’re all in this together and tend to support each others ventures.  We’re all in this “business” for different reasons, whether it’s because we have to financially or if it’s because we want to as our hobby, and we respect that of each other and support that.

2012 Schedule of Southern Art Festivals-

April 14 & 15  Acworth, GA Acworth Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/

April 14 & 15  Chattanooga, TN
  Four Bridges Art Festival
    the First Tennessee Pavilion, Southside District of downtown, Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
    150 Exhibitors

April 20-22
  Atlanta, GA
  Dogwood Festival of the Arts 
    Piedmont Park
    Friday, noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, noon-7pm
    250 Exhibitors

April 27-29
  Birmingham, AL
    29th Annual Contemporary Art Festival,
 Linn Park, 710 20th St North,
 10am-6pm
    200 Exhibitors

April 27-29
  Huntsville, AL
     Panoply Arts Festival
    Big Spring International Park, Von Braun Center, Friday & Saturday, 5pm-9pm; Sunday, noon-8pm
    115 Exhibitors

April 27-29 
(2 weekends)  New Orleans, LA
     New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
    11am-7pm
  60 Fine Art Exhibitors
  www.nojazzfest.com

April 28 & 29
  Louisville, KY
     Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
    Cherokee Parkway in Willow Park
  10am-6pm200 Exhibitors

April 28-29
  Hilton Head Island, SC
     Art Market at Historic Honey Horn
     Historic Honey Horn Plantation, Gumtree Rd
    Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm
    75 Exhibitors

May 3-6  
New Orleans, LA
     New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
   11am-7pm
     60 Fine Art Exhibitors
 www.nojazzfest.com

May 4-6
  Nashville, TN
     TACA Spring Craft Fair
held on the lawn of Nashville’s Parthenon, 2600 West End Avenue
    Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    165 Exhibitors

May 11-13  
Greenville, SC
     Artisphere
    West End Historic District
    Friday, 4pm-8pm; Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
    120 Exhibitors
 www.artisphere

May 12 & 13  Dunwoody, GA Dunwoody Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/

May 12 & 13
  Tupelo, MS     GumTree Festival, 
Old Courthouse lawn in Historic Downtown,
 Saturday, 9am-5:30; Sunday, 10:30am-5pm
    120 Exhibitors

May 19 & 20
  Raleigh, NC
   Artsplosure Spring Arts Festival
    Moore Square, downtown 
Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    175 Exhibitors

May 25-June 10  Charleston, SC   Spoleto Festival, downtown, more than 140 performances in 13 venues, featuring 60 artistic ensembles and individual performers.  Music, plays, dance and visual artist are all part of the 2 week festival.  http://spoletousa.org

May 26 & 27  
Decatur, GA
    Decatur Arts Festival 2011
    Historical Old Courthouse Square
    Saturday, 9:30am-10:30 pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
    140 Exhibitors

DATES below are still to be determined…

June-
  Harpers Ferry, WV
     Mountain Heritage Art & Craft Festival, Sam Michael’s Park, 
10am-5pm
  190 Exhibitors

June-
  Nashville, TN
     American Artisan Festival in Centennial Park, 2600 West End Ave,
 Friday, noon-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
    150 Exhibitors

August- 
 Asheville, NC
     Village Art & Craft Fair
    On the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village 
    Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, noon-6pm
    120 Exhibitors

September-  Atlanta, GA     2011 Atlanta Arts Festival
    Piedmont Park
    Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
    200 Artists
  www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com

September-  Sandy Springs, GA  Sandy Springs Art Festival http://www.sandyspringsfestival.com/

September- 
 Durham, NC     Centerfest, Foster Street at Durham Central Park, Downtown Durham
    Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 12noon-6pm
    150 Artists

September- Nashville, TN   TACA Fall Craft Fair
    Centennial Park,
Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday,10am-5pm
    200 Exhibitors

September-  Atlanta, Georgia     Midtown Festival of the Arts, Peachtree Street
    Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11 am-6pm
    130 Exhibitors

September-   Fairhope, AL     23rd Annual Jubilee Festival, Omussee Creek Park    10am-5pm
    85 exhibitors

September-  Memphis, TN
  Pink Palace Crafts Fair, Audubon Park,
Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
    250 Exhibitors

September-
  Louisville, KY     St. James Court Art Show
in the Historic St. James Court neighborhood
   Fri. & Sat., 10am -6 pm; Sun. 10am-5pm 
 750 exhibitors

October-   Bella Vista, AR     Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival
    Located Forest Hills Blvd. and Hwy 340 in Bella Vista, 8am-5pm daily
    300 Exhibitors

October-  Norcross, GA  Norcross Art Festival http://splashfestivals.com/

October- 
 Northport, AL
     Kentuck Festival of the Arts
    Kentuck Park, 9am-5pm, 250 Exhibitors

November-   Charlotte, NC     Charlotte Festival of the Arts,  Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
    125 Exhibitors
 www.paragonartevents.com/charlotte

November- Wilmington, NC     Wilmington Art & Craft Show
    Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt St
 Saturday, 10 am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
 150 Exhibitors
   www.WilmingtonArtShow.com

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