Betty Nash Cottonwood Art Festival
Oil painter Betty Nash has announced that she is retiring from the festival circuit this year. Nash was first selected by a jury panel to show at Cottonwood Art Festival in October 1999 and October 2018 was her final farewell to festivals. Although Nash is a native Texan, she and her husband traveled to fine art shows across the country for decades.

"I'm a still life painter and I paint in oils. They are all originals. I set-up my own objects and stand there painting exactly what I see."  

Nash originally studied with internationally known artist, David Leffel, who received the Oil Painters of America Gold Medal in 2015.   International Artist Magazine featured Nash as one of the “Master Painters of the World.”  Her dramatic oil paintings use the chiaroscuro style reflective of Rembrandt and Raphael that include a subtle use of shadows and light. Collectors are especially fond of the inconspicuous peppermints hidden within the realism and contemporary designs. All pieces are original works of art and no prints or giclees have duplicated the designs. 

"I am retiring from doing art festivals. It has been a wonderful, wonderful life and I have loved it. But you get to the point where you have to stop. So I'm just going to do the gallery bit and paint and hang them all over my walls. I'm really going to miss it but life goes on." 

Find out more information about Betty Nash please visit her website at: or send an email to:  Current collection of art are featured through the Mary Karam Gallery or Pat Waymon Gallery

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Cottonwood Art Festival Receives International Recognition and Five Pinnacle Awards

Dianna Lawrence at the 63rd IFEA Convention in San Diego, California

Cottonwood Art Festival is honored to have been recognized at the 63rd Annual International Festivals & Events Association Convention, Expo & Retreat in San Diego, California. The City of Richardson Parks & Recreation accepted five prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards for the Festival. Awards were presented in 69 different categories and Cottonwood Art Festival won in the following categories:

Gold - Best Event Invitation
Bronze - Best Social Media Site
Bronze - Best Social Media Campaign
Bronze - Best Commemorative Poster
Bronze - Best Other Merchandise

"We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entires into this year's competition," said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  "The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational, and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world." 

The full press release is available:

International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) and Haas & Wilkerson Insurance Announce Cottonwood Art Festival a 2018 Pinnacle Award Winner

For a complete list of Pinnacle winners go to:

In 2017, Cottonwood Art Festival received 10 Pinnacle Awards at the IFEA Convention and three awards at the Texas Festivals & Events Association Convention.  More information is detailed in this article featured on our blog:



From music to art to a little bit of mud throwin’, there’s something for everyone at the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held October 6-7, 2018 at Cottonwood Park in Richardson. A premier award-winning art show in North Texas, the event features live musical performances and ArtStop, a place for kids and families to let imaginations run wild and create mini-masterpieces.


Applications are being accepted through January 11, 2019 for the Spring 2019 Cottonwood Art Festival to be held on May 4-5, 2019 in Cottonwood Park at Richardson, TX. The award-winning festival is a juried show for which artists must apply and be selected by the jury. This three-step selection process narrows the field to approximately 240 artists who are invited to show their work. Artists will be notified of their status on January 25, 2019. A featured artist will also be chosen, whose work will be used to promote the season’s festival.

Artists are invited to submit work in up to two of 15 categories. A non-refundable jury fee of $30 and five images, including one booth shot, are required for each application. The application form is available on Zapp through midnight on January 11, 2019.


Richardson Recycles Station at Cottonwood Art Festival

Since 1969 the Cottonwood Art Festival has endeavored to maintain the perspective that "there's an art to having fun" at this semi-annual event in the City of Richardson. More than 300 volunteer slots are filled each May and October to assist with the creative stations in the ArtStop Children's Area.

This isn't a ticket taking role where you sit at a table for an entire shift. Rather, a paint splattering, mud throwing, glittered, and glued volunteer position that will leave you a little more colorful than when you arrived. While artistic skills are appreciated and put to good use, no experience is necessary other than patience, kindness, and a fondness for the next generation of artists. Must be at least 16 years of age, reliable, committed, and responsible for carrying out assigned duties.

ArtStop Tile Treasures Station at Cottonwood Art Festival

Volunteer Time Slots:

October 6 (Saturday) 9:45 am - 12:15 pm  FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY

ArtStop Wee Weavers Station at Cottonwood Art Festival

Cottonwood Art Festival is located in Cottonwood Park at 1321 W. Beltline Road, Richardson, TX 75080 and will be held on Saturday, October 6 until Sunday, October 7, 2018.  More information about the event: