Friday, October 7, 2016


Harvey Ross Ball - Smiley Face
Today is the first Friday of October and also celebrated as World Smile Day since 1999.  The history of the smiley face dates back decades but the iconic yellow image was created by an American commercial artist Harvey Ross Ball.  Harvey started off as an apprentice for a local sign painter before deciding to study fine arts at Worcester Art Museum School.

In 1963 the artist worked for State Mutual Life Assurance Company in Massachusetts and was tasked with designing a happy face to increase the low morale of his fellow co-workers.  The image was intended to be used in a 'friendship campaign' and printed on buttons for employees to wear at the office.

It is noted that Harvey completely designed the smiley face in approximately 10 minutes.  Harvey's final smiley rendition, with a sunshine yellow solid, dark oval-shaped eyes, full happy smile and slight creases of the sides of his mouth, is thought to be the most familiar around the world.  The original design had only a slight grin and no eyes but there was concern that employees could wear the button upside down as a "frowny" face.

Harvey Ross Ball
The Smithsonian states that the artist received payment of $45 in exchange for the graphic.  Can you imagine how much he would have been paid in 2016?

Here is an article that references 10 interesting things about Harvey and his iconic smiley face:

Take a moment today to smile, or send a smiley emoji, in honor of this artist.  #WorldSmileDay 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Pictured left to right: Lisa Leininger, Nancy Lembke,
 Jane Fitzgerald and Laurie Calloway
We are Army wives who met in a Bible study ten years ago at a SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) a NATO base in Belgium. We called ourselves “The Four Winds.” We laughed, we cried and we shopped together. The highlight was a road trip to buy Polish pottery. 

Monday, May 2, 2016


First come first serve and lottery systems are known methods for assigning booths, but Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show with good reason. What is a juried show and how is it different from other art festivals? Juried competitions, have since the dawn of digital, afforded artists around the world opportunities to compete for inclusion in prestigious shows such as Cottonwood Art Festival. The City of Richardson sponsors the semi-annual show and knows exactly how many 13' x 13' size booths will fit into the meticulously designed layout within Cottonwood Park.  The map shows an average of 240 booths carefully drawn to represent the prime real estate that artists desire to occupy for a busy 48 hours every May and October. 
Artist applications are accepted online twice a year through ZAPP and up to five (5) images may be submitted to represent the brand. This year jurors reviewed artwork and collections from approximately 750 artists. The coveted artist slots are narrowed through a competitive jury process where each artist is scored by jury members on a scale of yes-no-maybe in the first round, creating a ranked group of artists in each category deemed qualified to advance to the second round. The scoring for the second round is a ranked 1 - 7 number scale. There is a third and final round that encourages discussion.  Jurors have the choice of revising their scores and final scores are then recorded. 
The top scorers in each category receive an invitation to the show. An additional number of artists are retained

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


D Magazine music contributor Alex Macon wrote an article on March 30, 2016 titled "How To See A Dozen Free Concerts In Dallas This Spring." The mention gives a shout-out to us because we offer the public free admission, free parking, and live music all weekend.  

D Magazine
"Local bands, including the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute Texas Flood,  get to shine at the Cottonwood Art Festival." - D Magazine

May 7-8, 2016 Cottonwood Art Festival will additionally include the following musicians and bands as detailed below.  Seating and tables surround the stage area and are centrally located to the beer garden, food trucks, and of course the 240 Artists spread out across Cottonwood Park.