Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feast for the Senses: Cottonwood Art Festival Melds Food, Music and Art

Museum-quality art works from more than 240 visual artists from across the nation are the big lure to the prestigious Cottonwood Art Festival, but a mix in live music, fresh food, a children’s ArtStop creative area, homegrown craft beer, cocktails and wine will also be available to enjoy while taking in the sights or listening to the live music.

At the new craft beer garden in Lakeside Courtyard, you will find a lineup of local brews: choose
from Deep Ellum Blonde, Revolver Blood and Honey, Lakewood Lager, Grapevine’s Sir Williams, and other great local craft beer. Head here, too, for the ever-popular Mimosa Mornings - when handcrafted mimosas are paired with breakfast tacos. Also served for your enjoyment throughout the day are freshly made margaritas and glasses of wine.

There are plenty of culinary offerings with which to pair beverages. Revel in scallops and shrimp
from Big Shucks Oyster Bar. Nod to the Lone Star State with barbeque from award-winning Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse or wild game (smoked buffalo brat, anyone?) from The Texas Pitstops.

Festival fare can be found at Conway’s Corndogs, which will serve up fresh-squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, smoothies and, you guessed it, corndogs. Shaved ice from Kona Ice, coffee creations from Wound Up! Café, Marble Slab Creamery ice cream and warm mozzarella and cinnamon  pretzels from Texas Twist are on the menu, too.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cottonwood Art Festival Returns to Draw Creatives of All Ages

The Richardson art scene will be filled with excitement October 3-4, when the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival – and more than 240 of the nation’s top artists – arrive at scenic Cottonwood Park, transforming it into a fine outdoor gallery. At the free, family-friendly event, you will find museum-quality ceramics, drawings, pastels, photographs, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and more – including an innovative ArtStop area for children.

A few of the local musicians include saxophonist David Carr, Jr.  His distinctive sound has been compared with legendary greats such as Grover Washington, Jr. and David Sanborn. Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, an award-winning blues band, will also take the stage. Revolution 9, a new 60’s tribute band, will have the crowd reminiscing and dancing to nostalgic tunes from the past. Nine acts will perform top hits in the Lakeside Courtyard on the border of Cottonwood Lake. There,festival goers can also take respite in the shade by the lake, or enjoy food – funnel cakes, corndogs, and drinks like craft brews, margaritas, and wine from the beer garden.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival Hosts Exciting Musical Acts

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival brings top musical talent to an event known as Texas’ premier art festival. The fall festival, to be held October 3-4, 2015 in Richardson’s Cottonwood Park, will also
feature local and regional musicians as they perform classic rock, pop, jazz, soul, and Latin favorites.

“Everyone comes to the festival for the beautiful art that is available for purchase, and they are delighted by the great entertainment they experience while they are here,” said Serri Ayers, director of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival. “Our festivals become a great all-day event. You can shop, have something to eat, and relax in our courtyard with a refreshing beverage while listening to live music.”

Saturday October 3 performing artists include:
  • Matt Rogers (10–11 a.m.): This professional chapman stick artist is influenced by the classical greats.
  • J.R. Byrd (11:30–1p.m.): As an acoustic funk-pop singer and songwriter, he prides himself on creative lyrics.
  • David Carr, Jr. (1:30–3p.m.): This saxophonist has a distinctive sound, combining contemporary jazz with funk and R&B.
  • The Jason Lee McKinney Band (3:30-5p.m.): This southern rock band will have you jumping out of your seats to stomp your feet.
  • Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (5:30-7p.m.): Jason is known as one of the best blues artists in the region.